Early Career Case Conference – East Bay

This event is currently full.


Melissa Holub, PhD, Sequential Facilitators Adam Beyda, PsyD, Ben Ringler, LMFT, Karin Vandervoort, PsyD

This section is full—please consider the SF section (changed to zoom location), link here

Wednesday Oct 4, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, 26 sessions until May 8

This early career, year long program offers the opportunity to present cases, deepen clinical work and grow community with colleagues at a similar stage in their careers.

We are happy to offer our annual Early Career Case Conference to the East Bay psychoanalytic community. Clinicians who have completed graduate school training and are pre-licensure or up to 5 years post licensure are invited to participate in this program. Led by seasoned clinicians who are graduate analysts, advanced PINC candidates, or analysts involved in PINC training, the Early Career Case Conference will focus on case presentations, clinical discussion and community building. Readings may be assigned according to the interest of the participants and instructor.

The ECCC is an opportunity for participants to get to know and network with other clinicians at similar stages of their careers. Group members will learn from peers as well as from experienced facilitators who work with varying clinical approaches and within different psychoanalytically oriented frameworks. The continuity of working in a group over many weeks offers members time to develop their voice, expand their thinking, and deepen their clinical work.

The case conference will integrate psychoanalytic thinking about key issues such as the impact of remote therapy and technology on the therapeutic relationship, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, and working with intersectionality of identities such as, but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic context. Group members will each have the opportunity to present a case (usually for three weeks).

Each group is limited to 8 participants. We ask that you commit to attending all meetings (barring emergencies and unavoidable circumstances) so that an optimal work group can develop.

Participants in the case conference automatically become Community Members at PINC. Community Memberships offers multiple benefits which include a subscription to Critica, the PINC newsletter, discounted or free admission to PINC lectures, events, Visiting Scholar programs, and belonging to a vibrant community of psychoanalytic innovators and forward thinking clinicians.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for a total of up to 36 CEU's for the course.

LOCATION: We are very pleased to offer in person meetings. Each section will meet in the facilitator’s East Bay office. If there are meeting space constraints, or should there be another significant COVID-19 outbreak, the group may meet for some sections on Zoom. Whenever it is feasible to meet in person, the whole group will be together. No hybrid option will be offered.

CE Credits offered: 36

Course Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between content and process interventions, including 'here and now' interpretations in the clinical hour in order to bring the patient's chronic struggles and relational dynamics into immediate focus.
  2. Articulate ways that unconscious group dynamics in a case conference can express aspects of the case being presented.
  3. Explain and articulate interventions that capture the emotional message in their client’s material.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the derivative nature of some patient communications; ie the way that some consciously expressed concerns substitute for older, unconscious struggles.
  5. Analyze and apply examples of pacing in the clinical hour, including bodily sensations that indicate anxious rushing, moderate pacing that often indicates tolerance of experience, as well as depressed, bored or disassociated sensations in the countertransference.
  6. Demonstrate awareness of sociopolitical and sociocultural themes and identities that impact the therapeutic dyad.
  7. Articulate an understanding of transference / countertransference themes in the clinical material.
  8. Demonstrate a capacity for uncertainty as evidenced in open-ended exploratory questions about, and responses to, patient material.
  9. Begin to articulate interventions that speak to underlying transference / countertransference themes in order to advance and deepen the treatment.
  10. Outline and analyze patient material, learning to identify unconscious elements and how to technically address them.
  11. Describe and articulate potential difficulties that arise when there is a lack of awareness of countertransference responses to patients.
  12. Identify, formulate and articulate latent versus manifest content in the clinic material.
  13. Increase professional competence in understanding how to work with inner dislocation that both results from and contributes to sociopolitical and cultural disruptions.
  14. Participants will expand their ability to contain and work through trauma experiences in clinical practice.
  15. Engage in personal and group learning around listening and the need for clinicians to be aware of the effect on themselves of the analytic process. 
  16. Observe, describe, and reflect upon the processes within the therapeutic interaction of the presenting therapist as they occur.
  17. List the ways in which to integrate the patient's responses to the therapist’s interventions into further interactions, reflection, and interventions.
  18. Describe, highlight and delineate transference and countertransference aspects within specific psychotherapy hours.
  19. Identify and articulate transference and countertransference dynamics in the clinical situation.
  20. Describe three different strategies for using countertransference clinically.
  21. Define and identify how derivative content can be used to translate transference dynamics in session.
  22. Identify the central anxiety and defensive strategy or strategies in the treatment.
  23. Formulate interpretations that capture the emotional message in the patient’s communication.
  24. Recognize Identify clinical impasses and offer potential solutions for moving through them.
  25. List possible ways in which sociocultural, socioeconomic and sociopolitical dynamics impact both the transference and the countertransference in particular clinical situations.
  26. Recognize Articulate two ways in which the unconscious is communicated in session and how to respond in ways that foster clinical unfolding.
  27. Recognize Identify the who (which part of the patient) is speaking in any given time and identify interpretations with that in mind.
  28. Analyze patient material using reverie to identify and elaborate unconscious desire and psychic conflict.

  29. Recite three ways in which sociopolitical and sociocultural themes impact the psychotherapeutic couple.

  30. Identify two potential difficulties that arise when there is a lack of awareness of countertransference responses to patients.

  31. Articulate three aspects of patient’s speech that enhance analytic sensitivity to moment-to-moment interpersonal, transferential, and/or intrapsychic dynamics.

  32. Identify two conscious and unconscious motivations for treatment and two defenses and inhibitions that impede desire and progress.

  33. Describe Laplanche’s “Fundamental Anthropological Situation” and three reasons for its ethical and clinical utility.

  34. Explain the therapeutic importance of addressing moral / cultural trauma, complex PTSD, and/or adult-onset trauma as it relates to the rekindling of the Fundamental Anthropological Situation.

  35. Identify in each presented case, one fundamental fantasy and develop the capacity to elaborate its role in the transference and countertransference.

  36. Define the analyst’s ethical position of lack and list three ways it decreases therapist omnipotence and burnout as well as supports patients’ self-authorization.

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October 4th, 2023 7:00 PM
Private office
east bay location
United States
Event Fee(s)
Sliding Scale
Sliding Scale 1 $ 500.00
Sliding Scale 2 $ 400.00
Sliding Scale 3 $ 300.00
3/4 to Full Time CMH worker $ -50.00
Post-graduate program and pre-licensure, $ 0.00
Within 5 years post licensure, $ 0.00
Other and have been approved by the program chair $ 0.00