SFCP Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program


For questions about any aspect of the Curriculum component of psychoanalytic training, please contact Curriculum Chair Maria Longuemare, MD (marialonguemaremd@gmail.com).

The Adult Psychoanalytic Training Curriculum consists of four years of seminars and case conferences. Classes are held 34 Fridays per year at SFCP in San Francisco*, with each Friday divided into three 90-minute classes: 8:00-9:30 a.m., 9:45-11:15 a.m., and 12:15-1:45 p.m.  Coursework is conceptualized as a group experience that supports each candidate’s unique development as a psychoanalyst. Elements of this group experience include:

  • a focus on what it means to think and work psychoanalytically, with close attention to the understanding of personal unconscious experience and how this relates to the unconscious experiences of groups, societies, and cultures.
  • an intensive, chronologically-organized sequence of courses on seminal psychoanalytic writings, with a focus on fundamental questions in the psychoanalytic conversation and an effort to trace the development of this conversation within the historical context in which it evolved (in Years 1-3).
  • a course sequence on Psyche and Social Context which runs throughout the four-year curriculum and focuses on the intersection between intrapsychic, inter-psychic, and collective dimensions of psychic experience and functioning.
  • a year of coursework (Year 2) on psychoanalytic views of development, conceptualized and taught in close coordination with SFCP’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program.
  • a year of coursework (Year 4) focusing on the lived clinical experience, offering candidates the opportunity to integrate their learning from prior coursework and casework to refine their own clinical sensibility.
  • opportunities for each candidate to develop their psychoanalytic thinking and voice by writing and sharing writing in a group setting.
  • immersion in group study of psychoanalytic clinical process, organized around candidate presentations in clinical case conferences.
  • Reflection Groups scheduled throughout each training year to provide opportunities for candidates to reflect together within their cohorts on the social, emotional, and group aspects of learning together, and on ways in which psychoanalytic training is impacting their identity, their clinical work, and their perspectives on the wider society.

The Curriculum Plan below will give you an overview of candidate coursework over the four years of training. The 20-minute video linked here was created as an orientation for candidates entering training in Fall 2022 and offers a sense of how the curriculum is currently conceptualized. (Note: The curriculum is subject to revision in future years.)


Graduation Paper Writing Workshop (post-seminar)

This workshop is designed to support candidates in writing their Graduation Paper by studying the literature on psychoanalytic writing and sharing drafts of the graduation paper with the group for feedback. Following the four years of seminars, this workshop meets once per month for 8 months on a weeknight or weekend day determined by the instructor and the group. Candidates may choose to take it at any time during their fourth year of candidacy or during post-seminar year(s).

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, September 4, 2024 to September 25, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances
Corey Datz-Greenberg, LCSW, and Julia St. George, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, September 6, 2024 to June 20, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 San Francisco Yearlong Program: Inventions of Madness: Grappling with Turmoil
Ania Wertz, PhD, PsyD; Diana C. Fuery, PhD, LCSW; Alexander Zinchenko, PhD; Alice Jones, MD; Deborah Weisinger, PsyD; Fernando Castrillon, PsyD; Inti Flores, MD; Shelley Nathan, PhD; and Catherine Mallouh, MD (instructors)
Fridays, September 13, 2024 to June 6, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 East Bay Yearlong Program: Letting the Unconscious Lead the Way
Graeme Daniels, MFT; Elizabeth Stuart, MD; Eric Miller, PhD; Ben Goldstone, MA, LMFT; Pedro Job, PsyM; and Paul Watsky, PhD (instructors)
Saturday, September 14, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Working with the Harsh Adolescent Superego
Holly Gordon, DMH (presenter); Ann Martini, LCSW (discussant)
Thursdays, September 19 to October 17, 2024
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
CCSW mini-Module: Working with Parents: A Complex and Essential Component of Child Psychotherapy
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, September 20, 2024 to May 23, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 San Francisco Yearlong Program: Continuous Case Conference
Marc Wallis, LCSW; Paul Alexander, PhD; Kathy Waller, MD; Bronwen Lemmon, LMFT; and Genie Dvorak, PsyD (case conference group leaders)
Wednesdays, October 2, 2024 to October 23, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Winnicott, Creativity, and the Place Where We Live
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Wednesdays, October 16, 2024 to May 7, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 Seasoned Clinicians Program
Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW; Clara Kwun, LCSW; Robin Deutsch, PhD; Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW; Amy Glick, LMFT; and Gary Grossman, PhD (instructors)
Wednesdays, January 8, 2025 to February 5, 2025
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy With Patients in Internship and Clinical Settings
Beth Steinberg, PhD (instructor)
Wednesdays, January 8, 2025 to May 21, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Division Program: Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work in Community Mental Health Settings - Year TWO
Sandra Gaspar, LCSW; Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW; and Danny Yu, LCSW (instructors)
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