Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP)

Two Year Program

The PAPPTP Two-Year Program builds knowledge and skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for licensed clinicians at any stage of development. Studying psychoanalytic concepts and psychodynamic methods with a cohort of colleagues over two years provides an opportunity to learn the contemporary and clinically relevant application of psychoanalytic ideas. This is accomplished through an extensive, integrated curriculum (with courses in Theory, Human Development, and Clinical Technique), individual consultation regarding several of the student’s cases, and individual mentorship.

Benefits include an increased capacity for intensive therapeutic work, new social and professional contacts, and participation in a community of psychoanalytically oriented clinicians.

Class schedule: Thirty-two Fridays per academic year, 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., from September 29, 2023, to May 2025.


Tuition: $2747 for Year I. Additional costs include fees for ongoing consultation on your cases, CE credits, and printed readers. There is a $50 application fee. You are subject to pay tuition each year you are enrolled in this program. *Please note that tuition rates are subject to change and typically increase 3-5% each year.

Applications for the class starting September 2023 will be accepted from 1/15/23 to 6/30/23 and considered in the order received. Applicants must have completed a clinical degree and be seeing patients under their own license. Admission requires an application, letters of reference, and personal interviews. Class size is a maximum of 10. The application will be available no later than January 15, 2023, via download from this website or by calling 415-563-5815.

Not ready for two-year commitment? Consider our Fellowship Year.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 13, 2024
Visiting Professor Weekend
The Role of the Analyst
Darian Leader (presenter); Jeanne Wolff-Bernsterin, PhD (discussant); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Sunday, April 14, 2024
Visiting Professor Weekend
Professor’s Choice with Darian Leader
On “Constructions in Analysis”
Darian Leader (presenter); Israel Katz, MD (moderator)
Saturday, April 27, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Lives Across Time, Part 2: The Clinical and Attachment Implications of a Prospective Psychoanalytic Longitudinal Study of 76 People from Birth
Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD (presenters); Bart Blinder, MD, PhD (discussant); Courtney Hartman, PsyD (moderator)
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Depth and Creativity In and Out of the Consulting Room
Tim Kim, PsyD, MFA, Johnny Huy Nguyễn, and Jane L. Dulay, MD, OTR, and Daniel Yu, LCSW (presenters); Clara Kwun, LCSW (moderator)
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Film Screening and Discussion: A House Made of Splinters (2022)
Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW (discussant)
Monday, May 6, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Freud in his Psychosocial Generation: Durkheim, Simmel, Weber and Du Bois
Nancy Chodorow, PhD (presenter)
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Psychoanalytic Education Division
Graduation Ceremony and Reception 2024
Jim Dimon, MD (graduation speaker)
Wednesdays, May 22, 2024 to June 12, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Trans Experience(s)
Loïc Pritchard, MFT (instructor)
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
A Psychoanalytic Playlist with Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones (interviewee); Adam Blum, PsyD (interviewer); Elizabeth Bradshaw, PsyD (moderator)
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