Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP)

OVERVIEW OF FOUNDATIONS / SF-PPTP CLASSES

The SF-PPTP curriculum offers two years of didactic seminars and case conferences, aimed at integrating of theory and practice. Each first-year cohort is comprised of first-year SF-PPTP trainees alongside Foundations trainees. Each second-year cohort is comprised of trainees who originally applied to SF-PPTP and have completed the first year, alongside trainees who began the program in Foundations and then transferred to SF-PPTP prior to the beginning of second-year classes.

Courses are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm at SFCP in San Francisco (444 Natoma Street),  from Late August through mid-June. Each evening is comprised of a 90-minute didactic seminar, a 15-minute break, and a 90-minute case conference.

Year 1 seminars review foundational principles of clinical work, with a special focus on thinking psychoanalytically about the relationships between personal experience, society, and culture.  Year 2 seminars develop a deeper understanding of psychoanalytic models of the mind, the dynamics and challenges of treatment, and creative practice. The ongoing case conference series provides the space to discuss clinical sessions with seasoned SFCP clinicians, as well as opportunities to explore how the concepts studied in seminars may be integrated into clinical work.  

Throughout the curriculum, SF-PPTP coursework aims to help trainees hone their attention to ways in which sociocultural contexts influence and interact with subjective experience, within and beyond the dyadic practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

FIRST-YEAR COURSEWORK (SF-PPTP & Foundations)

Psychoanalytic Stance (12 weeks)
Introduces basic psychoanalytic tenets, ethics, and attitudes as they come alive in the clinician’s ways of listening, intervening, and relating.

The History of Psychoanalytic Thought  (12 weeks)
Presents major psychoanalytic theories and their implications for practice.  Special attention will be paid to the historical context in which these theories developed.

Sociocultural Processes  (12 weeks)
This course provides a framework for working across difference in its various aspects (gender, sexual orientation, class, race, religion, politics, etc.) within the psychoanalytic modality.

Case Conference Series (4 conferences, 8 weeks each)
Case conferences provide a forum for in-depth consideration of trainees’ clinical work and for the application and further extension of ideas explored in the didactic seminars. The sequence is designed to expose trainees to different perspectives on therapeutic action and practice.

SECOND-YEAR COURSEWORK (SF-PPTP only)

Conceptualizing the Patient’s Inner World (9 weeks)
Offers a deeper investigation of clinically-relevant psychoanalytic models of the mind, building upon and extending models introduced during the first year.

Conceptualizing the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Situation (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with transference, countertransference, and other psychological processes at play when patient and therapist engage in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Clinical Challenges in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with obstacles to change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Creative Practice in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (9 weeks)
Explores innovative approaches to engaging with patients in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Case Conference Series (4 conferences, 8 weeks each)
Case conferences provide a forum for in-depth consideration of trainees’ clinical work and for the application and further extension of ideas explored in the didactic seminars. The sequence is designed to expose trainees to different perspectives on therapeutic action and technique.

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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