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Dinkelspiel, A. (2011). San Francisco/East Bay Intensive Study Group Committee. Fort Da, 17(2):117-118.

(2011). Fort Da, 17(2):117-118

San Francisco/East Bay Intensive Study Group Committee

Anne Dinkelspiel, Ph.D.

The Intensive Study Groups, co-sponsored by NCSPP and PINC, offer an in-depth focus on a particular topic over the course of 32 weeks. We just finished an exciting year of studying sexuality, exploring issues such as the history of sexuality in psychoanalytic theory, erotic transference and counter-transference, sexual issues in couples treatment, and new ways of understanding gender and sexuality. The East Bay instructors included Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, John Conger, Sam Gerson, and Shelley Nathans; in San Francisco we had Julie Leavitt, Susanne Chassay, Francisco Gonzalez, and Dana Wideman. We began the year with a screening of the film Revanche, discussed by Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Francisco Gonzalez, and Diane Borden, and moderated by Eric Essman (A review of the film is on page 87 of this issue.). The gathering included Maureen Murphy, founding member of NCSPP, giving a touching tribute to Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, past president of NCSPP and loyal ISG instructor, as she was preparing to move out of the country.

By popular demand, the 2011-2012 study groups will again focus on relational psychoanalytic theory and practice, specifically on clinical dilemmas from a relational perspective. “Finding our Footing” points to the way relational perspectives challenge us to make moment-by-moment shifts as we face various clinical dilemmas in the relational field. East Bay instructors are Joan Sarnat, Ilene Philipson, Susan Sands, and Diane Swirsky. San Francisco instructors are Lee Rather, Drew Tillotson, Andrew Harlem, and Francisco Gonzalez.

The ISG committee is well on the way to planning for the 2012-2013 year. Our focus will be on therapists' vulnerabilities and experiences and the ways they impact the clinical encounter. We will be looking at things such as the therapist's body, including illnesses, appearance, and changes in appearance. We'll explore the clinical impact of relational events in the therapist's life, such marriage, divorce, or death in the family as well as events or experiences that both the therapist and patient share, ranging from chance encounters to world events. Finally, we'll look at the uncanny in the therapeutic relationship.

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