Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP)


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

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)
Saturday, October 5, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Program Title: TBA
Arnold Richards, MD (presenter)
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)
Saturday, November 2, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Graeme Daniels, MFT (presenter)
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