About SFCP

About SFCP

Our Mission

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is dedicated to advancing the vitality and enduring value of psychoanalysis in Northern California and beyond.

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis was organized in 2007, combining the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute & Society, founded in 1941, with the San Francisco Foundation for Psychoanalysis, founded in 1991. The SFCP is a not for profit organization with more than 230 practicing analysts, more than 38 candidates (psychoanalysts in training), 70 psychoanalytic psychotherapy trainees, and more than 200 community members. The Center provides an extensive training program in psychoanalysis. The Center also sponsors a large, vibrant Extension Division which offers classes and seminars for continuing education credit to mental health professionals upon approval of membership. Outreach programs may also be found on our calendar. These events are free and offer no continuing education credit and are open to the general public. In addition, SFCP maintains a Low / Moderate Fee Referral Services for adults, children and adolescents as well as providing other mental health services and programs for the general community.

Since its formation seventy years ago by American and European analysts, the SFCP has been an able and avant-garde member organization of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations. As it has undergone continuing self-study and evolution in each decade, it now arrives in the 21st Century as a model for contemporary psychoanalytic training — offering a full vision of educational development for psychoanalysts-to-be. The SFCP offers program that rests on the traditional three pillars of psychoanalytic education: seminars in clinical work and theory, supervision of analytic cases, and personal psychoanalysis, to which we add a fourth pillar — the serious cultivation of critical thinking with a focus on evidence and logical coherence.

In support of the Mission Statement, the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis shall establish policies that enable the organization, with a commitment to excellence, to address each of the following:

  • provide training and continuing education of psychoanalysts, mindful of the needs of our local and extended communities
  • promote the understanding of and regard for psychoanalysis in the mental health community and in the community at large
  • make affordable psychoanalytically-oriented services available to patients, programs, and institutions
  • support and enrich the professional lives of members
  • further psychoanalytic knowledge and practice through writing, research, and public presentation

What we offer

  • As an accredited institute, full training in psychoanalysis for mental health professionals
  • Continuing education for mental health professionals who hold active membership
  • Training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Programs for the general public in a variety of arts and educational programs
  • Support for psychoanalytic research and selected community consultation for educators
  • A library with the largest collection of psychoanalytic publications in the Western United States

Professional Programs

  • Full Psychoanalytic Training — In Adult, Child, or Adult & Child Psychoanalysis (Accredited by APsaA and IPA), requiring a personal training analysis for candidates, supervised cases, and seminars in theory and clinical practice.
  • Partial Psychoanalytic Training — Available for research and academic candidates, requiring personal training and institute seminars.
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training — A two year program for mental health professionals involving seminars and supervision, currently taught on the Peninsula.
  • Clinical and Theoretical Courses of the Extension Education Committee — A large variety of offerings for mental health professionals.

Public Programs – Arts, Educ​ation, and Service to the Community

  • Referral Service for Psychoanalysis — for Adults, Teens, and Children
  • Community Members Mentoring Program
  • Coalition for Clinical Social Work Program
  • Child Colloquium Series
  • Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic Students Seminar
  • Scientific Meetings


Brett Penfil, MFT, MPH, Board Chair
Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD, President
Steve Larson, Treasurer
Deborah Weisinger, PsyD, Secretary

Administrative Staff

Marcia Hodges, Administrative Director

Talk to Marcia when you need information about:

  • The Board of Trustees
  • Staff responsibilities
  • Decisions about staff tasks that may be different than what is listed here
  • Budget planning and budget status questions
  • Investment accounts
  • Proposal and grant writing
  • Fundraising

Marcia can be reached at marcia.hodges@sfcp.org or 415-563-6065

Nicole Lee, Membership Services Manager / Administrative Manager

Talk to Nicole when you need information about:

  • Membership dues and benefits
  • Donations
  • Reimbursements / Check Requests
  • The facility and alarm
  • Room reservations
  • Newsletter articles
  • Items for calendar and Impulse (NCSPP)
  • Supplies
  • Special event coordination and set up
  • IJP and Psychoanalytic Journal block subscriptions
  • Print and Marketing Materials
  • PEP Web Access

Nicole can be reached at nicole.lee@sfcp.org or 415-563-5815 x103

Tina Phu, Education Program Coordinator

Talk to Tina when you need information about:

  • Adult and Child/Adolescent PED programs and candidates (administrative support)
  • San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Child PPTP programs and trainees (administrative support)
  • Admissions
  • Curriculum and catalog of courses
  • Course attendance and evaluations
  • Syllabi and course readers for PED, SF-PPTP, PAPPTP, CAPPTP and Extension programs
  • Tuition invoices and payments
  • Program fees
  • Faculty aplications
  • Training Analyst and Supervising Analyst applications
  • PEP-Web and EZ-Proxy subscriptions

Tina can be reached at tina.phu@sfcp.org or 415-563-5815 x106

Rashmita Sriram, Librarian (Fridays only)

Talk to Rashmita when you need information about:

  • Library collections and acquisitions
  • Reprints of articles
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Archives
  • Copyrights and permissions
  • Library audiovisual collections
  • Journal subscriptions and access
  • Articles for readers

Rashmita can be reached at rashmita.sriram@sfcp.org or 415-563-5815 x105

Aaron Chow, Communications Manager

Talk to Aaron when you need information about:

  • Membership database
  • Website and eblasts creation
  • Extension and outreach event registration
  • CME/CE credits
  • Webcast and AV set up
  • AirTable creation / maintenance

Aaron can be reached at aaron.chow@sfcp.org or 415-563-5815 x104

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Ken Epstein, PhD, LCSW, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD (presenters); Clara Kwun, LCSW (moderator)
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Mary Brady, PhD (presenter); Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P (discussant, will join via ZOOM from London); Sharon Tyson, PhD (moderator)
Wednesdays, October 4 to October 25, 2023
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Thursdays, October 5 to October 26, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, October 6, 2023 to April 5, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Celeste Schneider, PhD, Frederick Huang, MD, Adam Blum, PsyD, Peter Goldberg, PhD, Michael Levin, PsyD, Israel Katz, MD, and Ortal Kirson-Trilling, PsyD, FIPA (instructors)
Fridays, October 20, 2023 to June 28, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Graeme Daniels, PhD, Elizabeth Stuart, MD, Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Benjamin Morsa, PsyD (instructors)
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Darian Leader (interviewee); Israel Katz, MD (interviewer); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Kira Steifman, PsyD, and Deborah Weisinger, PsyD (presenters); Yen Quoc, PsyD (moderator)
Monday, December 4, 2023
Scientific Meetings
Mitchell Wilson, MD (presenter)
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