San Francisco
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP)

The PPTP is a two-year training program based at SFCP in San Francisco, serving the entire Bay Area and Sacramento.  We offer an integrated program of didactic courses, case conferences, supervision and mentorship, designed to help each trainee become a more fulfilled and effective psychoanalytic psychotherapist.  In addition, trainees are automatically enrolled as Community Members of SFCP, enabling access to our clinically-diverse network of psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians and to the wide range of SFCP programs.

The PPTP welcomes both early-career clinicians who wish to pursue an in-depth introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as more experienced clinicians seeking to deepen their clinical understanding of fundamental principles and to expand their exposure to psychoanalytic theory and technique.


**Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00AM**

Applications for Fall 2017 will be accepted beginning January 16, 2017.  Applications will not be considered to be complete until the electronic application and all supporting documents and fees have been received. All applicants who submit completed applications by Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00 AM will be guaranteed consideration for admission in September 2017.  Those who apply after this deadline will be considered only after earlier applicants have been offered admission.  In recent years, there have been more applicants than positions.  Qualified applicants who are not offered 2017 admission may be offered a position on the 2017 waiting list, as well as guaranteed admission in 2018.  

To apply to the PPTP (two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program), please download the PPTP application file, fill it out in Microsoft Word, and email it  to [email protected]

To apply to the one-year Foundations of of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program, please download the Foundations application file, fill it out in Microsoft Word, and email it to [email protected]

Click here for details on how to prepare for your PPTP/Foundations Interview.

**Please read the program descriptions below for important information about requirements and eligibility before submitting an application**

The PPTP curriculum offers two years of didactic seminars and case conferences, aimed at integration of theory and practice. Courses are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm at SFCP in San Francisco from September through June.  Each evening is comprised of a 90-minute didactic seminar, a 15-minute break, and a 90-minute case conference.  

First-year seminars review the fundamental principles that anchor our clinical work, while second-year seminars develop a deeper understanding of psychoanalytic models of the mind, of the dynamics and challenges of treatment, and of creative technique. The ongoing case conference series provides a space to discuss clinical sessions with our most experienced clinicians, as well as opportunities to explore how concepts covered in seminars may be integrated into clinical work.


What changes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy?  (12 weeks)
Introduces a range of models of mental disturbance and health in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Beginning treatment (9 weeks)
Presents the fundamentals of arranging a therapeutic frame designed to deepen treatment over time.

Introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice (15 weeks)
Introduces principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy technique through close reading of major psychoanalytic writers, including Freud, Klein, Heimann, Racker, Bion, and Winnicott.

Four case conferences (9 weeks each)
Case conferences provide a forum for in-depth consideration of trainees' clinical work and for the application and further extension of ideas explored in the didactic seminars. The sequence is designed to expose trainees to different perspectives on technique and therapeutic action.



Conceptualizing the patient’s inner world (9 weeks)
Offers a deeper investigation of clinically-relevant psychoanalytic models of the mind, building upon and extending models introduced during the first year.

Conceptualizing the psychoanalytic psychotherapy situation (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with transference, countertransference, and other psychological processes at play when patient and therapist engage in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Clinical challenges in psychoanalytic psychotherapy  (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with obstacles to change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Creative technique in psychoanalytic psychotherapy  (9 weeks)
Explores innovative approaches to engaging with patients in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Four case conferences (9 weeks each)
Case conferences provide a forum for in-depth consideration of trainees' clinical work and for the application and further extension of ideas explored in the didactic seminars. The sequence is designed to expose trainees to different perspectives on technique and therapeutic action.

Weekly individual supervision with experienced faculty is fundamental to the PPTP training experience. Each trainee completes at least 18 months of supervision, with a minimum of two supervisors, each dedicated to one case only.  This in-depth supervision focuses on individual growth by fostering each trainee’s unique skills and working through the specific challenges each trainee experiences in his or her clinical work. PPTP supervision is not intended to provide caseload oversight, but is focused solely on furthering each trainee’s education as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

PPTP offers trainees the opportunity to receive supervision from some of our most experienced faculty at reduced fees.  Supervisors are chosen from the PPTP faculty, which includes clinicians throughout the Bay Area and the Sacramento and Davis areas.  Supervision occurs in supervisors’ private offices.  Supervision fees are separate from tuition and are determined on a case-by-case basis according to our sliding scale guidelines.

All supervision focuses on work with patients who are attending psychotherapy at least once per week, and at least six months of supervision are focused on a patient attending more often than once per week

The PPTP is dedicated to providing individual mentorship and interactive feedback to each trainee. The goal of mentorship and feedback is to facilitate professional development by supporting each trainee in pursuing his or her individual psychoanalytic interests and in connecting with the wide network of psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians at SFCP.

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 
Foundations is an option that allows trainees to enroll in the PPTP’s first-year coursework without obligation to undertake supervision or second-year coursework. Trainees in Foundations may later decide to apply to the PPTP at any time in order to engage in second-year coursework and supervision. Please note that, while we welcome applications to Foundations, priority will be given to students applying to PPTP.  For this reason, there are years when no applicants to Foundations will be admitted.

For trainees who have completed the two-year seminar sequence of the PPTP, we also offer an optional third year course, Integrations. Taught by highly experienced faculty, Integrations is a case conference and focused reading seminar, with articles selected collaboratively by the instructor and the group in response to the clinical material that is presented.

To apply to either the PPTP or Foundations, a clinician must have had experience practicing psychotherapy during graduate training.

In addition, applicants to the PPTP must expect to be practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults while enrolled. Each applicant must either (a) be licensed to practice psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing, or medicine and carry professional liability insurance, or (b) be employed under a professional supervisor’s license and covered by that supervisor’s professional liability policy. Supervision requirements for licensing purposes are distinct from PPTP supervision, which is focused solely on the trainee’s development as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.  

If you are unlicensed and not working under a supervisor’s license and professional liability insurance, please apply to the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy rather than to PPTP.  Further questions about eligibility may be directed to Genie Dvorak, Psy.D. at [email protected].

To be eligible for Integrations, applicants must have completed the two-year sequence of PPTP courses.

PPTP (Year 1, 2017 - 2018) $ 2,240.00
Foundations (2017 - 2018) $ 2,240.00
Integrations (2017 - 2018) $ 1,170.00

Tuition covers the following:

  • Seminars and Case Conferences for the full academic year
  • Access to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) and EZ-Proxy online databases of books and articles
  • Course readers
  • Community Membership at SFCP:  Community Membership is an entry into a diverse and vibrant community of clinicians, scholars, and educators united by their common interest in psychoanalytic practice and thought. Access to a broad range of educational and professional development activities is available to Community Members of SFCP, including free attendance at Scientific Meetings and reduced fees for other programs.
  • Access to the SFCP library’s extensive collection of psychoanalytic books and journals.

**Note:  PPTP Supervision fees are separate from tuition.  Supervision fees are paid directly to the supervisor on a case-by-case basis according to our reduced-fee sliding scale guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about these training options, we encourage you to attend our PPTP Informational Evening on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:30-9:30pm at SFCP.  Please RSVP to [email protected].

For a detailed description of the PPTP program requirements and policies, please see the current PPTP/Foundations Orientation & Training Manual.

For questions about the application process contact Admissions Chair Genie Dvorak, PsyD, (415) 249-9184. For questions about the Sacramento/Davis area training option contact Katherine Fraser, DMH, (415) 921-6760.  

For other general questions, please feel free to contact anyone on the PPTP committee:  Maria Longuemare, MD, (Program Chair) [email protected], Adam Goldyne, MD, (Associate Program Chair) [email protected], Beth Steinberg, PhD (Curriculum Chair) [email protected], Deborah Weisinger, PsyD (Supervision Chair) [email protected], Jack Giuliani, PhD (Dean) [email protected], Outreach Chair Celeste Schneider, PhD at [email protected]

**Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00AM**