SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program

SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program* of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) matches qualified participants each year with SFCP analyst mentors to help direct each participant in their interests related to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Twelve participants will be chosen and the program is open to mental health clinicians at all levels of training & experience who are current members of the SFCP Community Members.

THE PROGRAM: Participants will be matched with a mentor.  The program is not intended to be evaluative, supervisory, didactic, or to lead to treatment.  Rather it is intended to be informational.  Frequency of meeting and duration are open for discussion.  As a guideline, one might expect monthly meetings from October to May.

I'm new to private practice and was looking to get mentoring and support from someone with a deep knowledge of psychotherapy.  During our initial meetings I was able to get several very practical and pressing questions answered and feel more confident about seeing clients in a new setting. We discussed psychoanalytic approaches to working with parents and children, which helped me to move forward with my cases and also to consider aspects that I had not previously considered. I have a particular interest in mindfulness and my mentor put me in touch with a therapist who incorporates mindfulness into a psychodynamic therapy practice. In addition, I work with children and my mentor referred me to the Child Colloquium, where I met other clinicians and heard a very helpful presentation. I feel very fortunate to meet with my mentor as needs arise.

– Matt Higgins LCSW, Community Members Mentoring Program

Since the program is open to participants at a range of career levels, there is a spectrum of issues with which a mentor might assist.  The mentor may:

  • offer information and suggest resources that will help a mentee understand what it is like to be a psychoanalyst and what is involved in analytic training.
  • inform the mentee of current activities, programs, courses, and services offered by SFCP. 
  • direct the mentee to literature or courses relevant to their interests and discuss selected articles together.
  • help clarify the participant’s career goals and the extent of their interest in psychoanalytic ideas. 
  • help a mentee who already has a clear interest in analytic training to sort through logistical obstacles to embarking on such a commitment.

ENROLLMENT:  A participant must be a member of the SFCP Community Members and complete a Mentorship Matching Form.  Participants will be contacted by phone during the matching process for information about their interests.

COST:  Free to SFCP Community Members.  Visit our Community Membership webpage to become a member.

QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about the program or would like to explore if it would be a fit for you, please feel free to contact Holly Gordon, DMH at 415-346-4494, Hilary Foster, PhD at 415-722-4522 or Sunny Kuegle, PsyD at 415-721-9811.

TO APPLY:  Click here to submit your SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program Application Online.

*The Mentorship Program is not a recruitment program.  The mentor-mentee relationship is confidential and the mentor does not inform or influence the admission process should the mentee apply to the Center for training.

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