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Bridging Psychoanalysis and the Community

January 8, 2022 — 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

This program is open to all Contemporary Freudian Society Members and Candidates.

The idea of community and the social environment has been central to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis from its inception.  This time in history encourages us as analysts to embrace a liminal space that has always existed between the inside consultation room and the outside social surround. It is time to build and maintain relationships with individuals and groups, from all backgrounds and with a variety of psychological difficulties, in order to have an impact on societal challenges.

Two models that are working successfully in other parts of the country are being conducted at Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and Oregon Psychoanalytic Center (OPC).  PINC has developed a Community Psychoanalysis Track (CPT) where psychoanalysts and candidates serve as consultants to meet the mental health needs of a community through projects.  These projects fulfill the requirements of one analytic case.    OPC and now WBCP and CFS have been piloting a Bridging Psychoanalysis and the Community course bringing analysts and community mental health professionals together to learn from each other in the classroom.  This enables community mental health professionals to incorporate psychoanalytic thinking and practice into their work and encourages analysts to learn what community mental health has to offer psychoanalysis.

On January 8th, Candidates and Academic Associates we will have the opportunity to learn from several analysts and candidates at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) about their program.  We hope you will take advantage of this learning opportunity.

 RSVP to Connie (connies3@aol.com) by December 17th

 Moderator: Lizbeth Moses, PhD


Lee Slome, PhD is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC). She serves on the Steering Committee and is a supervisor in PINC’s Community Psychoanalysis Track, an innovative program training analytic candidates in community psychoanalysis.  She consults to several community agencies in the Bay Area and practices in Oakland where she works with individuals, couples and groups.

Shubha Herlekar, PsyD, MFT is a graduate of PINC, where she still engages with the Race Working Group and the Community Psychoanalysis Track & Consortium. Along with private clinical practice she has provided embedded mental health services for local pediatric medical clinics and community mental health initiatives in school settings. Her current interests lie in reproductive and food justice, as well as BIPOC psychoanalytic clinicians’ identity evolutions.

PINC Candidates:

Judy Blumenfeld, MFT is a fourth-year candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and has a private practice in Oakland where she sees adults, adolescents, and couples. Judy comes to psychoanalysis from a background in public health and community mental health settings including women with cancer, HIV-positive men and women, and holocaust survivors. Judy also has a long history as an activist for social justice both locally and internationally including the intersection of racial and economic justice. She completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has her BA in Theatre from The City College of New York, where she was fortunate to be directed by George C. Wolfe.

Elise Geltman, LCSW is a third-year candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and a Community Psychoanalysis Track candidate currently. She maintains a practice in Oakland providing psychotherapy, clinical and organizational consultation, and teaching.  Additionally, Elise consults and trains on behalf of the Oakland-based community mental health clinic, Westcoast Children’s Clinic. Elise has 15 years working within community-based mental health settings and 9 years as an active member of the Bay Area analytic community. Elise engages in group relations work through GREX, A.K. Rice, and the Boston Group when possible.  She obtained her Master of Social Work from Smith College School and completed an interdisciplinary undergrad at New School considering the intersections and overlaps between Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology.

Leigh Lyndon, PsyD is a third-year candidate at PINC and a current CPT candidate. She has a private practice in Oakland where she sees adolescents, adults, and couples. She has been a supervisor and has taught at California Pacific Medical Center and Access Institute. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute and has an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and a BA from the University of Chicago. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Leigh was a performing artist and taught in after-school programs in the public schools of New York.


January 8, 2022
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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