Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP)

SF-PPTP Informational Open House

Thursday, March 7, 2024
7:00pm – 9:00pm
444 Natoma Street, San Francisco
In-person only
Dinner and drinks will be served


The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP) and the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (“Foundations”) programs offer integrated coursework, supervision, and mentorship to clinicians seeking to deepen their skills as psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Students in both programs are enrolled automatically as Community Members of SFCP, which allows them access to SFCP’s wide range of educational offerings and the opportunity to meet other psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians in the SFCP community.

The SF-PPTP and Foundations programs are open to pre-licensed and licensed mental health clinicians throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento who work in settings in which they can practice weekly outpatient psychotherapy.  We welcome early-career clinicians who wish to pursue an in-depth introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as more-experienced clinicians seeking to deepen and broaden their exposure to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic psychotherapy theory and practice. Classes take place on Tuesday evenings (6:15 – 9:30 p.m.) at 444 Natoma Street in San Francisco.  Meetings with supervisors and mentors are scheduled individually, remote or in person, at a time of mutual convenience. 

SFCP is committed to diversity within its membership and its programs. We believe that, too often, non-dominant groups and perspectives have been marginalized within psychoanalytic thinking and within psychoanalytic organizations, and we are working to increase attention to these issues – both conceptually and in practice – in order to enrich our individual work, our programs, and the field of psychoanalysis as a whole.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (“SF-PPTP”) is a two-year training program that integrates didactic seminars, case conferences, reduced-fee supervision and optional mentorship. Enrollment in the SF-PPTP requires a two-year commitment for the academic years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 (from September through mid-June for each year).

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (“Foundations”) is a one-year educational program in which students join the first-year SF-PPTP cohort for one year of coursework only. Foundations students have the option to participate in SF-PPTP’s reduced-fee supervision and mentorship, though this is not required. Students who enroll in Foundations can transfer into SF-PPTP at any time if they wish to continue to a second year of coursework and supervision.  Enrollment in Foundations requires a one-year commitment for the academic year from late August 2024 through mid-June 2025.

Please note that applications to the two-year SF-PPTP program will be prioritized over applications to Foundations in our admissions process.

Note: The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (SF-PPTP) and Foundations operate independently from the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) and the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPPTP). If you are interested in one of these programs, please find their respective webpages, and their application forms, which are distinct from the application form on this webpage.

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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