Dennis J. Zeitlin, MD - Teaching and presentations

Dennis Zeitlin, MD maintains a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and Marin County, which includes individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, family therapy, psychopharmacology, and consultation.


TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO (UCSF)

Since completing his psychiatric residency at UCSF in 1968, Dr. Zeitlin has served on the clinical faculty, where he is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.

For over 40 years, he has supervised residents; taught yearly core didactic required psychotherapy courses and seminars; made presentations; and contributed to psychotherapy program development.

TEACHING FOR OTHER INSTITUTIONS (See also “Invited Presentations”)

  1. A. K. Rice Institute:
    Staff on week-end Group Relations Conferences (Tavistock Model) sponsored by regional
    affiliates GREX, and SCOLA, ’72,’73, & ‘76
  2. Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    1. Presenter, “An Evening with the Masters” series, ’92 & ‘04
    2. Group Leader, Annual Conference, ‘05
    3. Presenter, Annual Conference, ‘06
    4. Presenter, Core Group Therapy Course, '07
    5. Presenter, Annual Fall Event, '08
3. San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group:

Since 1991, Dr. Zeitlin has presented in almost every year one or all of the following: a course, colloquium, or workshop on either group and/or couples therapy. The courses and colloquia vary in length from 2-16 hours; the workshops last from 4-8 hours. These teaching events entail an explication of his original application of Control Mastery Theory to these modalities.

4. Various Sponsors:

Lecture-Demonstration: “Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation”
Dr. Zeitlin has been fascinated with the creative process since his high school days, and has developed a Lecture-Demonstration that he has presented in the U.S., Canada, and Europe since the early eighties.

Using jazz improvisation as a model, he describes and illustrates at the piano the challenge of the highest forms of creative action: to integrate the more “Western” traditions of aesthetics, technical skill, and intellectual appreciation of the particular discipline with the more “Eastern,” passionate, ecstatic traditions which focus on merging with the activity and being “in the moment.”

He discusses methods of ushering oneself into deeper levels of creativity, and how to understand and deal with psychological “blocks” to that process. Questions and interaction with the audience are encouraged, and the nature of the beliefs that impede creative activity are frequently explored. This event has had a wide appeal for mental health professionals, but also for artists, writers, students, and others intrigued by the nature of creativity in everyday life.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)

INTERNATIONAL

  • University of Saskatchewan Medical School, Saskatoon, Department of Psychiatry:
    • Presenter, June 23, 1981
  • Musik-Zelt Festival, Freiburg, Germany:
    • Presenter, June 26, 1996

NATIONAL

  • National Rehabilitation Association, San Francisco:
    • Lecture, March 26, 1975
  • American Psychiatric Association, Educational Development for Psychiatric Educators:
    • Presenter, February 15, 1980
  • American Psychiatric Association, Annual Meeting:
    • Presenter, May 10, 1989
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting:
    • Presenter, February 17, 1996

REGIONAL AND OTHER INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • UCSF, Langley Porter Grand Rounds:
    • Presenter and Panelist, January 1, 1969
  • Golden Gate Group Psychotherapy Society, San Francisco:
    • Presenter, June 20, 1970
  • UCSF Graduate School of Nursing:
    • Presenter, February 17, 1971 & February 16, 1972
  • Family Institute of Marin, San Rafael, CA:
    • Presenter, September 25, 1974
  • UCSF Department of Continuing Education:
    • Presenter, March 1, 1975
  • Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA:
    • Presenter, May 15, 1975
  • Golden Gate Group Psychotherapy Society, San Francisco:
    • Presenter, May 31, 1975
  • Ross General Hospital, Ross, CA:
    • Presenter, December 16, 1975
  • UCSF, Annual Group Therapy Symposium:
    • Yearly Presenter, 1981-1999
  • UCSF, Langley Porter Grand Rounds:
    • Presenter and Panelist, January 6 & 13, 1982
  • UCSF, Langley Porter Alumni-Faculty Association Annual Meeting:
    • Presenter, March 6, 1982
  • San Francisco Arthritis Foundation:
    • Presenter, May 20, 1982
  • East Bay Psychiatric Society, Berkeley, CA:
    • Presenter, December 12, 1982
  • New Perspectives of Marin, Larkspur, CA:
    • Presenter, July 27, 1983
  • UCSF, Veterans Administration Hospital:
    • Presenter, August 23 & 30, 1983; September 4 & 11, 1984
  • Music and the Mind, Symposium, Denver, CO:
    • Presenter, July 9, 1987
  • University of California, Berkeley:
    • Presenter, November 16, 1987
  • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA:
    • Presenter, November 19, 1987
  • Center for Psychological Studies, Albany, CA:
    • Presenter, October 25, 1991
  • Mid-Peninsula Psychiatric Society, Palo Alto, CA:
    • Presenter, March 1, 1995
  • UCSF, Langley Porter Grand Rounds:
    • Presenter, February 17, 1996
  • San Mateo City Health Services, Grand Rounds:
    • Presenter, March 25, 1997
  • Northern California Psychiatric Society, Annual Meeting:
    • Presenter & Panelist, April 1, 2000
  • Herrick Hospital, Department of Psychiatry:
    • Presenter, February 5, 2001
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    • Presenter, March 27, 2004
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    • Presenter, June 3,4, & 5, 2005
  • Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA:
    • Presenter, February 23, 2006
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    • Presenter, June 4, 2006
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    • Presenter, September 30, 2007
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society:
    • Presenter, November 8, 2008