Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

by Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD, Program Chair


This year has flown by and has been a full one for PAPPTP. In addition to starting our fourth training class of nine, we have had our second Fellowship Year Program and two ongoing case conferences for the PAPPTP community. During the year we also sponsored three workshops for current and alumni PAPPTP members: one preceding the Visiting Professor with Eric Glassgold and Ric Almond; a workshop on Practice Development with Renee Spencer, Maureen Smith Ruffell and Mike Smith and a workshop on the Meanings of Money in clinical work with Mary Jane Otte and Ann Martini.

We also had a faculty meeting focused on supervision with Elizabeth Simpson, and another focused on making theory more clinically alive coordinated by Jana Kahn, Neil Brast and Cheryl Goodrich. Our students this year have initiated a Google group to enhance their networking capacity as well as to provide resources for learning. Next year we will add a Fellowship Year 2 to provide continuing exposure to psychoanalytic thinking and practice.

Under the leadership of Neil Brast we continue to develop our relationship with the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. PAPPTP seems to have a presence in the South Bay mental health community, and word of mouth is making filling our programs easier.

One of our trainees, Lovina Chahal had this to say about the year: "My experience in my first year in the program has been an extraordinary one. I feel I have found my professional “tribe” through PAPPTP in the instructors and my peers. In particular, I have been impressed with the concentration of talent and wisdom in the faculty. Under their stewardship, our cohort has grown close over the year, deepening our mutual trust and admiration. As a result, I feel reinvigorated in my passion for my profession. I am eagerly looking forward to beginning our next year in the fall."

We have more than 30 SFCP members teaching, advising or supervising for our PAPPTP programs. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of these programs.

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