Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Professor

Professor

Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221

415-955-2135

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Advanced Clinical Seminar

Research Proposal Design (Psychotherapy)

Advanced Clinical Skills - Personality Disorders

Theory and Technique (Psychodynamic)

Intersubjectivity; gender and sexuality; interaction of affect and clinical judgment; the process of therapeutic interactions; schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Articles

Gerson, S. (2011). Hysteria and humiliation. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21:517-530.

Gerson, S. (2011). Humiliation and the cultural and relational structuring of hysteria. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5): 548-550.

Gerson, S. (2011). The Myth of Samson: Omnipotence, Alienation, and Destructive Narcissism. Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 12(2):89-96.

Gerson, S. (2009). When the third is dead: Memory, mourning and witnessing in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Int. J. Psychoanalysis, 90: 1341-1357. Reprinted in Psyche: Zeitschrift fur Psychoanlyse, March 2011, 65(3): 193-217. Reprinted in Aron, L. & Harris, A. (Eds.) Relational Psychoanalysis, V4, Routledge, New York: 2011.

Gerson, S. (2008). Unconscious phantasy and relational reality. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 28(2): 151-168.

Gerson, S. (2006). The elusiveness of the relational unconscious. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 16(2): 217-225.

Gerson, S. (2004). The relational unconscious. Implications for intersubjectivity, "thirdness", and clinical process. Psychoanal. Quart., 73:101-136.

"The Theoretical Bases for Clinical Intersubjective Practice" California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; December 12, 2013

"Mourning and Melancholia" After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Suicides of Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi. International Psychoanalytic Association Congress. Prague, Czechoslovakia; July 31, 2013.

"Critical Psychoanalytic Junctures", Day Seminar, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 16, 2013.

"Passion in the Transference" Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. Sept. 24, 2013. Chicago, IL.

Freud's "Mourning and Melancholia" After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Kaddish for Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi. Invited Presentation. San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. San Francisco, CA. January 18, 2013.

Descendants of the Holocaust - Shadow Memories and Shadowed by Memory. Invited Plenary Panel - "The Wounds of History; Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma". New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. New York, NY. March 1, 2013.

Invited Presentation and Discussion, "When the Third is Dead", Online Colloquium Series #20, International Assoc. for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, May 4-May 18, 2012.

The Relational Approach in Psychoanalytic Psychology, South Bay Community for Psychoanalytic Studies, Menlo Park, CA. Sept. 22, 2012.

Contemporary Developments in Intersubjective Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; December 14, 2012.

Death is Nothing At All: On Imagining Non-Existence - A Relational Psychoanalytic Engagement of the Fear of Death. Invited Discussant of paper by Martin Frommer, Ph.D.; Int. Assoc. for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. New York, NY; March 2, 2012.

Tony Kushner's "Terminating"; Invited Discussant. The Psychotherapy Institute. Berkeley, CA; March 23, 2012.

Negative Therapeutic Reaction: A Comparative Look. Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. San Francisco, CA; April 30, 2012

Advisory Board, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYC, NY., 2006

Board of Directors, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYC, NY., 2000-2006

Academic History and Background

PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1978

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, 1995

Elected panelist, Video Grand Jury, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP-WEB), November 2013-present.

Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Genocide and the Holocaust. International Psychoanalytic Association, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007.

Professional Practice and Community Service

Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst - International Psychoanalytic Association, 2005

Faculty - San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, SF, CA, 2005-2007

Faculty - Department of Psychiatry, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2007

Faculty - Department of Psychiatry, Mt. Zion Hospital. University of California at San Francisco, 1996-2000

Editorial Review Panel, International J. of Psychoanalysis

Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues

Bio and Links

Sam Gerson, Ph.D. is a founder and Past-President of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) where he is currently on the faculty and serves as a Training and Supervising Analyst.
Dr. Gerson is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.
In 2007 he received the "Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of Genocide and the Holocaust" from the International Psychoanalytic Association for his paper entitled “When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust”; this paper was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009. This year at the IPA Congress in Prague he presented his current work entitled “’Mourning and Melancholia’ After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Suicides of Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi”.
In addition to his research and writing about massive trauma, Dr. Gerson’s work covers a variety of aspects of psychopathology; his most recent published paper is entitled “Hysteria and Humiliation” and appeared in Psychoanalytic Dialogues in October, 2011.