Invitation To Join The SF-PPTP Team!

Dear members of the SFCP Community,

We would like to invite you to contribute your talents to the efforts of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP) at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP).

The mission of the SF-PPTP —described in depth at this link —  is to offer local clinicians a welcoming, community-minded, and robust introduction to the practice of open-ended psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  The program involves supervision, mentorship, and two years of Tuesday evening coursework at SFCP’s San Francisco location.

Our program has 60+ trainees, which reflects a hunger for foundational psychoanalytic learning amongst early/mid-career clinicians, intensified by ongoing drastic cuts to psychoanalytic teaching in graduate programs, residency programs, and clinical training sites.

We depend upon members of the psychoanalytic community like you to participate in the program as administrators, mentors, supervisors, and classroom teachers.

Please contact us to explore one (or even more than one) of the following roles.  If you might be interested in joining us, but are not sure which of the roles below would be most feasible for you, please feel free to contact Program Chair Adam Goldyne, who will be glad to think about this and explore possibilities with you.

Serve as a Community Liaison
Are you regularly in touch with early-career or mid-career clinicians who might benefit from our program?  If so, we would be grateful if you would be willing to help us each year to let prospective applicants know about the program and how to apply.  Please contact SF-PPTP Chair Adam Goldyne about this role.

Serve as a Curriculum Committee Member
Are you interested in psychoanalytic pedagogy and available to be part of a small committee that plans coursework, reviews instructor and student classroom feedback, and shares administrative tasks such as recruiting instructors, reviewing feedback, and addressing issues that arise in the classroom?  If so, please contact Curriculum Chair Ruth Simon.

Serve as a Seminar Instructor
Are you interested in teaching at an introductory level to clinicians who are serious and enthusiastic about psychoanalytic learning, but relatively new to psychoanalytic thinking and ideas?  This is the task of SF-PPTP Seminar Instructors.  Seminars involve nine to twelve 90-minute meetings, held Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. or from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Seminar topics are described in more detail here.  Each year, the SF-PPTP Curriculum Committee holds a number of events and works closely with instructors to support them in teaching at this level.  To explore the possibility of teaching a seminar, please contact Curriculum Chair Ruth Simon.

Serve as a Case Conference Instructor
Are you interested in facilitating discussion of clinical presentations for groups that are serious and enthusiastic about working psychoanalytically, but relatively early in their development as psychoanalytic therapists?  This is the task of SF-PPTP Case Conference Instructors.  Case conferences involve facilitating trainee presentations and class discussion of two or three cases over eight 90-minute meetings.  Case conferences meet Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. or from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at SFCP in San Francisco.  Each year, the SF-PPTP Curriculum Committee holds a number of events and works closely with instructors to support them in teaching at this level.  To explore the possibility of leading a case conference, please contact Curriculum Chair Ruth Simon.

Mentor an Instructor
Are you a seasoned instructor willing to meet a few times with instructors new to psychoanalytic classroom teaching?  Mentorship might focus on a range of issues related to classroom teaching:  working with early-career groups, preparing syllabi, facilitating class discussion, matters of power/authority in the classroom, working with challenging classroom dynamics, and more.  If you are open to considering this role, please contact Curriculum Chair Ruth Simon for a discussion.

Supervise a Trainee
Are you open to being on SF-PPTP’s Supervisor List?  Being on this list indicates your willingness to receive inquiries from SF-PPTP Trainees about your availability to supervise them at a reduced fee as part of the program’s supervised casework requirement.  Even if you do not have availability right now, joining the Supervisor List establishes the possibility of accepting trainees in the future. There is something very fun about supervising trainees at this stage of their career, when the concepts and work are so new and exciting.  If you are at all willing to consider this, please take 5 minutes to read this link, which contains introductory information about SF-PPTP, the supervisor role, criteria for becoming a supervisor, and the process of becoming a supervisor.  Then, if you feel the role might be a good fit for you, please contact Supervision Chair Lara Weyland.

Mentor a Trainee
Are you open to mentoring a trainee regarding their development as a member of the psychoanalytic community?  Mentorship meetings occur monthly, and are private and apart from the rest of the SF-PPTP program.  Common topics of discussion include selecting supervisors, career development, exploration of psychoanalytic topics that interest the trainee, opportunities in the psychoanalytic community that relate to the trainee’s interests, the trainee’s experience of the SF-PPTP program, issues related to establishing a practice, and plans for continuing psychoanalytic education after the end of the program.  To explore becoming a mentor, please email Trainee Advisor / Mentorship Chair Jessica Ferranti.  It would be helpful to include your geographic location, any areas of specific interest/specialty for which you would be well suited as a mentor.

We are so appreciative of you considering ways in which you might contribute to our efforts.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Adam Goldyne, SF-PPTP Chair
Lara Weyland, SF-PPTP Associate Chair and Supervision Chair
Jessica Ferranti, SF-PPTP Trainee Advisor and Mentorship Chair
Ruth Simon, SF-PPTP Curriculum Chair

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