Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Program Information for 2017 - 2019 academic year will be updated shortly.

PAPPTP Two-Year Program

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.

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 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 Co-Chair
Elizabeth Biggart, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
Richard Almond, M.D., Past Program Chair (ex-officio)
Neil Brast, M.D., Associate Program Chair
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 Development Chair 
Maureen Ruffell, M.D. Supervision Chair
Laura Coleman, L.M.F.T., Special Events Coordinator and Visiting Professor Week Liaison
Jeffrey Yost, M.F.T., CEU and Evaluation Coordinator
Laura Seitel, Ph.D., Guidance Committee member at large
Michael Smith, Ph.D., Guidance Committee member at large

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