Upcoming events

    • Friday, September 06, 2019
    • Friday, October 06, 2023
    • 50 sessions
    • 3015 O Street

    • Friday, September 13, 2019
    • Friday, October 13, 2023
    • 50 sessions
    • 3015 O Street

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • Friday, October 20, 2023
    • 50 sessions
    • 3015 O Street

    • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • Sunday, December 15, 2019

    The Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) is an advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of dynamic therapies.  This is their first national conference!

    The conference link is here.

    Advancing Psychotherapy
    for the Next Generation:
    Rehumanizing Mental Health Policy and Practice

    Golden Gate University
    San Francisco, CA
    13-15 December 2019

    Mark your calendars now and join us for this Psychotherapy Action Network-sponsored conference in San Francisco!

    Psychotherapy is alive and well, bringing growth, understanding, transformation, compassion and cure to millions of people across the globe. Psychotherapy is also under attack. Insurance companies are reluctant to cover treatments of any depth; psychology training programs are more and more constrained to teach only behavioral techniques rather than dynamically-informed, relationship-based treatments; and much public policy is strongly biased towards short-term, structured interventions and medications for people in distress.

    So how do we safeguard psychotherapy? How do we buffer it from the assaults of medicalization, managed care, instrumentalization and reductionism? How do we create strong advocates in public policy, professional education and clinical practice? How do we create avenues of access not only for the rich, but for all?

    We will gather to draw from psychology, psychoanalysis, social theory, cultural studies, public policy and public service in order to build on PsiAN’s success as a force of tikkun, of healing, of both individuals and our world.

    There has never been a more important time than now for collective action to support substantive treatment. Please join us as we organize to ensure the future of psychotherapy!

    Featured speakers include:

    • Claude Barbre,  Ph.D., on self-care for the activist
    • Meiram Bendat,  J.D.,  Ph.D., on advocating for psychotherapy in the courts and the recent UBH class-action victory
    • Ghislaine Boulanger,  Ph.D., on using distance consultation to promote psychodynamic community treatment
    • John Cornelius,  M.D., on talk therapy for psychosis
    • Farhad Dalal,  Ph.D., speaking about his book, CBT: The Cognitive Behavioral Tsunami, and Britain’s national experiment in instituting CBT
    • Todd Essig,  Ph.D., on respecting local therapy in the digital age
    • Enrico Gnaulati,  Ph.D., on what constitutes quality therapy and why it’s important to preserve it
    • Laura W. Groshong,  LICSW, How to effectively advocate for our field and our profession
    • Susan Lazar,  M.D., on the cost-effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy
    • Bill Meyer,  MSW, on the clinical evidence and profound value of long-term treatment
    • Holly Passi,  Psy.D., on relational and integrative approaches to treating combat PTSD and moral injury in veterans
    • Melodie Schaefer,  PsyD, on transforming advocacy into action
    • Allan Scholom,  Ph.D., on the psycho-politics of evidence-based practice and the assault on our mental health and mental health care
    • Jonathan Shedler,  Ph.D.,talking about the false narrative of quick-fix therapies
    • Bryant Welch,  Ph.D., discussing the disappearance of talk therapy at the APA and what to do about it
    • Oksana Yakushko,  Ph.D., on Rats, Stats, and the Search for Happiness: A Critical History of Psychotherapy in American Academia.
    • Round-tables: Featuring representatives from San Francisco agencies and organizations, including RAMS, Inc., Access Institute, PINC’s Community Psychoanalysis Project, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), A Home Within, Oak’s Children’s Center, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, Reflective Spaces/Material Places (RSMP), and many other local groups
    • And more!

    Conference Sponsors Include:
    Golden Gate University * Access Institute *
    Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis * RAMS, Inc *
    Wright Institute * Oakes Children’s Center *
    Reflective Spaces/Material Places *
    Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology *
    California Institute of Integral Studies * A Home Within *
    Partnerships for Trauma Recovery * Clinical Social Work Association *
    Existential-Humanistic Institute * San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis

    Come join us! December 13-15 2019!

    Add your voice to protect the right to humane, effective mental health care for those who need it most.

Past events

Monday, December 02, 2019 Monthly Reading Group: Ogden, DREAMING THE ANALYTIC SESSION: A CLINICAL ESSAY
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Holidays, Psychoanalysis and Art at the Crocker
Thursday, October 24, 2019 FREE SEMINAR: How to Start Your Own Peer Consultation Group
Monday, October 07, 2019 Monday Reading Group: Two Perspectives of Psychosis
Friday, September 13, 2019 SPS General Meeting, Dissociation with Peter Goldberg, Ph.D
Monday, September 09, 2019 Paper Discussion: Fabricated bodies: A model for the somatic false self
Monday, May 06, 2019 Monday Reading Group: Transformations in Hallucinosis
Monday, March 04, 2019 Monday Reading Group: Hayuta Gurevich : THE LANGUAGE OF ABSENCE AND THE LANGUAGE OF TENDERNESS
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Two-Day Intensive Introductory Training in Mentalization Based Treatment
Friday, February 08, 2019 Friday Meeting: Introducing Mentalization Based Therapy
Monday, February 04, 2019 Monday Reading Group: Mentalization Based Treatment
Monday, January 07, 2019 Monday Reading: Somatic Experiencing: In the Realms of Trauma and Dissociation
Monday, December 03, 2018 Monday Reading Group: Fred Busch, Searching for the analyst’s reveries
Saturday, November 17, 2018 PINC Distance Learning Psychoanalytic Training Program Informational Talk
Monday, November 05, 2018 Monthly Monday Reading Group: Interpretation as Freud’s specific action, and Bion’s container-contained
Friday, November 02, 2018 Beyond Rants and Raves: Steps and Missteps in in a Volatile Political Climate
Friday, October 26, 2018 UC Davis Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Peter Goldberg

About the association

The Sacramento Psychoanalytic Society is dedicated to the promotion of psychoanalysis within the greater Sacramento area.



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