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

Golden Gate University
536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
13-15 December 2019

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 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 G. 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 the ethics problems of Positive Psychology.
  • Round-tables: Featuring representatives from San Francisco agencies and organizations, including RAMS, Inc., Access Institute, PINC, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), A Home Within, Oakes Children’s Center, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, Reflective Spaces/Material Places (RS/MP), 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.

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

Conference Registration Details:

Conference Dates:  13-15 December, 2019

  • Friday, 13 Dec, 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, 14 Dec, 8:45am – 6:15pm, cocktail reception 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 15 Dec, 8:45am – 2:30pm

Continuing Education credits offered at no extra charge: approx. 18 CEs

 Registration rates:

  • $499 regular rate
  • $300 early career (first 4 years of practice) and full-time analytic candidates
  • $150 employees of a Community Mental Health agency
  • $100 full-time students, pre-licensure

Conference hotel: The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square (discounted rate of $179 per night)

Refunds will be given less an administration fee of $75.00, if request is received via email (send email to by 5 November 2019. We will not be able to accept refund requests after this date.