Psychoanalytic Teaching


Psychoanalytic Teaching - Dawn Farber

Where I Teach

I teach psychoanalysis very widely in the Bay Area Community: to candidates in training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC); to psychoanalytic psychotherapists through the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NCSPP); and to independent study groups in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.

What I Teach

I usually teach Case Conference to candidates at all levels; while my teaching for NCSPP is didactic. In recent years I have taught courses on several analytic writers: Winnicott, Bion, Ferro and colleagues, and Ogden; and topic courses on neuroscience, perversion, and the impact of cyber technology on psychoanalytic therapy. In March 2014, I taught about trauma and psychoanalysis at three universities in South Africa focussing on W.R. Bion’s work on trauma based on his personal experience in two world wars as well as his personal developmental trauma. This topic was eagerly devoured by my students who live with both dimensions of trauma. In the upcoming year-long Intensive Study Group sponsored by NCSPP, I will be teaching about cyber technology and therapy. No matter what I teach, my strongest desire is to foster my students’ clinical imaginations and to strengthen their confidence and pleasure in our always-challenging work.

Why I Teach

My psychoanalytic teaching is a very valued aspect of my professional life. Not only do I love transmitting thinking that I have found so transformational, inspiring, and helpful clinically; but I cherish my relationships with my students, and learn so much from them too.

My students may receive continuing education credits, as I am a BBS Provider, # 3714