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Swirsky, D. (2008). San Francisco/East Bay Intensive Study Group Committee. Fort Da, 14(2):173-174.

(2008). Fort Da, 14(2):173-174

San Francisco/East Bay Intensive Study Group Committee

Diane Swirsky, Ph.D.

The San Francisco/East Bay Intensive Group enjoyed a very successful year. At our mid-year event in February, Ruth Stein presented her original ideas about the unconscious in a wonderful paper and was joined by Peter Goldberg for a discussion that was evocative and stimulating. The well-received yearlong course, “Hidden Figures in the Thicket: Encountering the Unconscious in Clinical Practice,” concluded in May.

The upcoming yearlong course, “The Privilege of Knowing You: Transference and Countertransference in the Clinical Relationship,” will continue our focus on the essential aspects of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and follows from last year's study of the unconscious. This year's course will take on another central tenet of psychoanalytic work. The clinical relationship has become the target of some controversy as new theories develop and our views of the analytic relationship expand and change. This course will deepen and enrich clinical understanding of transference and countertransference as well as expand our knowledge of the multiplicity of views on the topic.

We launched our yearlong course with a panel discussion of the clinical relationship entitled, “What Is Going on Here? Controversies in Thinking about the Clinical Relationship” to a hugh turnout. We were delighted to have four creative and innovative panelists: Drs. Sam Gerson, Maureen Franey, Karen Peoples, and Annie Sweetnam, all of whom are also instructors for our yearlong course. We all enjoyed wine and cheese while engaging in ideas about transference and countertransference, a crucial aspect of our work as clinicians.

Finally, there have been some changes in our committee membership in the last year. Nancy Drooker, the epitome of grace, commitment, and organization as Co-chair, has turned over the position to me. We said good-bye to Jane Kenner, Co-chair, as well as Amy Bandura and Emily Siedel, whose dedication and creativity are already missed. Susanne Chassay has moved into the position of PINC liaison to the committee.

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