Weekly individual supervision with experienced faculty is fundamental to the SF-PPTP training experience. Each trainee completes at least 18 months of supervision, with a minimum of two supervisors, each dedicated to one case only. This in-depth supervision focuses on individual growth by fostering each trainee’s unique skills and working through the specific challenges encountered in each case. All supervision focuses on work with patients who are attending psychotherapy at least once per week, and at least six months of supervision are focused on a patient attending twice per week or more.
SF-PPTP supervisors are chosen from the SFCP faculty, which includes clinicians throughout the Bay Area, Peninsula, and the Sacramento and Davis areas. Supervision fees are separate from tuition and are determined on a case-by-case basis according to our sliding scale guidelines (the suggested supervision fee is 50% of what the patient is paying per session, within a range of $50-$125 per supervision session).
Supervision sessions are scheduled at a date and time of mutual convenience to the supervisory pair. Due to the pandemic, all supervision sessions currently are taking place via Zoom. If it becomes safe to do so, supervisions may transition to meeting in person at some point during the 2023-24 academic year (usually in the supervisor’s office).
SF-PPTP supervision is not intended to provide caseload oversight, but is focused solely on furthering each trainee’s education as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Supervision is a required component of the SF-PPTP program, and students enrolled in SF-PPTP must be working in a clinical setting where they can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week. Foundations students have the option to participate in the Supervision component of training and are encouraged to do so; however, supervision is not required for Foundations students.