Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

PAPPTP Two-Year Program

Applications for the 2015-17 class are now available.

To apply to the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, please download the following file:

PAPPTP Two Year Program Application.docx (electronic form) – fill out in Microsoft Word and email to:

  1. Laura Ingram (
  2. Sharon Levin (
  3. Dena Sorbo (

The PAPPTP Two-Year Program builds knowledge and skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for licensed clinicians at any stage of development. The core of the Program is two years of course work and individual supervision of cases in treatment. Seminar leaders and supervisors are experienced psychodynamic psychotherapists, including analysts from SFCP (San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis) and PINC (the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California).

Courses integrate a variety of psychoanalytic models of (1) psychological development beginning in infancy, (2) current mental functioning in health and illness, and (3) therapeutic action – all taught in as experiential a format as possible. This includes case material from the faculty’s own work, opportunities for students to discuss their own work, video demonstrations of clinical work, and examples from film and literature.

In depth collaboration with a supervisor is a core element of this training. The current requirement for graduation is weekly supervision of two cases, each for a minimum of 12 months. PAPPTP provides guidance in selecting supervisors from a list of qualified analytic therapists. Where there is financial need, there is limited availability of supervisory hours at somewhat reduced fees ranging from $ 75.00 to $ 150.00.

Students in the PAPPTP Two-Year Program should be prepared to commit six hours a week to scheduled activities plus time for assigned reading. The benefits of such a commitment include immersion in psychoanalytic thinking, an increased capacity for intensive therapeutic work, new social and professional contacts, and participation in a community of psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians.

Class schedule: Meetings are on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., and run from September to May during the academic year.

Location: Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Building, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305.

Costs: For the 2015-2016 academic year tuition is $ 2,110.00. Additional costs include supervision fees, CME/CE credits, parking fees at Stanford, and printed readers (when teaching materials are not available in electronic form).

Applications for the class starting September 2015 are now being accepted.  Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10. Applicants must have completed a clinical degree and will be expected to have the capacity to provide cases for supervision from their own practice settings. Thus applicants must be seeing patients by the time they start the program under their own mental health license or seeing patients under the supervision of a licensed clinician as part of meeting requirements for licensure. Preference will be given to clinicians who are already licensed.

Admission requires an application, letters of reference, personal interviews, and a $50 application fee.


The 2013-2015 class is underway and fully subscribed.

Class schedule: Meetings are on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., from late September to the end of May.  Location: Stanford Psychiatry Building, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305.  Tuition is $ 2,050.00/year. Fees for supervision and CME/CE credits would be additional costs.  For class schedules see: “2013-14 PAPPTP Year I Schedule & Faculty.pdf” and “2014-15 PAPPTP Year II Schedule & Faculty.pdf”.


The 2015-2016 Post Seminar Case Conference. 

Graduates and post-seminar students of the PAPPTP Two-Year Program are eligible to participate in a weekly case conference, also led by SFCP faculty.  Tuition is $1,010.00/year.  PAPPTP graduates and post-seminar students should contact Laura Ingram at 415-563-5815 for registration.


Administration (Guidance Committee)

Dena Sorbo, L.C.S.W., Program Chair
Richard Almond, M.D., Past Program Chair (ex-officio)
Elizabeth Biggart, Ph.D., Dean, Student Development Chair
Neil Brast, M.D., Associate Program Chair
Laura Coleman, L.M.F.T., Special Events Coordinator
Cheryl Goodrich, Ph.D., Curriculum Chair
Jana Kahn, Ph.D., Faculty Chair
Sharon Levin, L.C.S.W., Admissions Chair
Ann Martini, L.C.S.W., Student Affairs Chair
Laura Seitel, Ph.D., Guidance Committee member at large
Michael Smith, Ph.D., Supervision Chair
Jeffrey Yost, M.F.T., CEU and Evaluation Coordinator


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