SFCP Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program

About SFCP’s Child & Adolescent Analytic Program

SFCP’s training program in child and adolescent psychoanalysis is the only such program in Northern California. It is also unique in that it offers a clinically based, experiential model for coming to understand the theories and techniques that are the foundation of contemporary child and adolescent psychoanalysis. The curriculum consists of didactic presentations and reading and discussion of the literature with local instructors, as well as candidates’ clinical presentations to a series of noted outside instructors who represent an array of theoretical and technical perspectives.

In this way, candidates learn the precepts of contemporary child and adolescent work from contemporary theoretical and clinical lenses such as Contemporary Freudian, Neo-Kleinian, Middle School, Winnicottian, Bionian, and Field Theory. Candidates are given the opportunity to compare and contrast the different perspectives, and to integrate them as they develop their own analytic approach.

In our program, we reconsider diagnostic categories, with attention to different clinical ways of considering and approaching patients who have been historically diagnosed as neurotic, borderline, or psychotic.  We investigate processes of trauma, adaptation, addiction, autistic and narcissistic functioning in children and adolescents, always relating conceptual material to actual cases with which we are working. We consider alternate approaches as we seek the best treatment for any given family and child.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
The Oblivious Object
Mary Brady, PhD (presenter); Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P (discussant, will join via ZOOM from London); Sharon Tyson, PhD (moderator)
Monday, March 4, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon: Social Change, Virtue Ethics and Analytic Theory
Amber Trotter, PsyD (presenter); Introduced by Andy Harlem
Wednesdays, March 6, 2024 to March 27, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Introduction to the Lacanian Clinic
Sydney Tan, PsyD (instructor)
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP) Informational Open House
Saturday, March 9, 2024
The James Grotstein Memorial Lectures in Comparative Psychoanlaysis
Panel Presentation on Four Iconic Papers by Thomas Ogden
Joseph Aguayo, PhD; Maxine Anderson, MD; Peter Goldberg, PhD; Bruce Reis, PhD, FIPA, BCPsa (panelists)
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Consultee-Centered Consultation as Used with Daycare, Preschool and Child Life Programs
Thomas F. Barrett, PhD and Denia Barrett, MSW (presenters); Shahla Chehrazi, MD (case presentation); Paul Brinich, PhD (moderator)
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
Palo Alto Psychoanlaytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) Informational Open House
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: The Clinical and Attachment Implications of a Psychoanalytic Longitudinal Study
Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD (presenters); Bart Blinder, MD, PhD (discussant); Courtney Hartman, PsyD (moderator)
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