Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP)


Each applicant SF-PPTP must:

  • have outpatient clinical experience
  • have an established plan that, for at least one of the two years of training, they will be in a professional setting that will allow them to practice open-ended psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adult patients/clients 1-2 times per week   
  • be practicing either under their own license and professional liability insurance (psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing, or medicine and carry professional liability insurance), or under the license and professional liability insurance of a supervising clinician or organization with whom they are training

Practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adult patients is strongly encouraged for Foundations students as well, and prospective applicants seeking to complete Foundations in the absence should first consult with Program and Outreach Chair Adam Goldyne, M.D. or Associate Chair Lara Weyland, Ph.D. before applying.  

Please see the tab to the left —  Determine Whether to Apply to SF-PPTP or Foundations — for guidance in deciding whether SF-PPTP or Foundations would be a better fit for your circumstances. 

If your primary clinical work is with children and adolescent patients, please consider applying to SFCP’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPPTP).

Further questions about eligibility for SF-PPTP or Foundations may be directed to Admissions Chair, Lucas Broster, MD, PhD at

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, October 4 to October 25, 2023
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Thursdays, October 5 to October 26, 2023
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, October 6, 2023 to April 5, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Celeste Schneider, PhD, Frederick Huang, MD, Adam Blum, PsyD, Peter Goldberg, PhD, Michael Levin, PsyD, Israel Katz, MD, and Ortal Kirson-Trilling, PsyD, FIPA (instructors)
Fridays, October 20, 2023 to June 28, 2024
Extension Education Programs
Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Graeme Daniels, PhD, Elizabeth Stuart, MD, Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, Gary Grossman, PhD, and Benjamin Morsa, PsyD (instructors)
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Darian Leader (interviewee); Israel Katz, MD (interviewer); Patricia Marra, MFT (moderator)
Saturday, November 11, 2023
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Era A. Loewenstein, PhD (presenter); Michael J. Diamond, PhD, FIPA (discussant); John DiMartini, PhD (moderator)
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Child Colloquium Series
Kira Steifman, PsyD, and Deborah Weisinger, PsyD (presenters); Yen Quoc, PsyD (moderator)
Monday, December 4, 2023
Scientific Meetings
Mitchell Wilson, MD (presenter)
Monday, January 8, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Salman Akhtar, MD (presenter)
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