San Francisco
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP)

 

PPTP

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (“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 enrolled automatically as Community Members of SFCP, enabling access to SFCP’s clinically-diverse network of psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians and to its wide range of educational 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.

Enrollment in the PPTP program requires a two-year commitment for the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 (from September through mid-June for each year).

Foundations

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (“Foundations”) is a one-year educational program in which students join the first-year PPTP cohort for one year of coursework only. Foundations students may participate in PPTP’s supervised psychotherapy component, though they are not required to do so. Foundations students also are offered mentorship and are automatically enrolled as Community Members of SFCP. Students who enroll in Foundations may apply to transition into PPTP at a later time. Enrollment in Foundations requires a one-year commitment for the academic year September 2019 through mid-June 2020. Please note that applications to the two-year PPTP program will be prioritized over applications to Foundations in our Admissions process.

Enrollment in Foundations requires a one-year commitment for the academic year September 2019 through mid-June 2020.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants to either PPTP or Foundations must submit this electronic application as well as the supplemental materials and application fee requested below. Applications will not be considered complete until all application materials and fees have been received by the SFCP Office. Applicants who submit completed applications by April 3rd, 2019 at 9:00 AM will be guaranteed consideration for matriculation in September 2019. Applications submitted after 9:00 AM on April 3rd, 2019 will be considered only if there are spots available after on-time applicants have been offered admission. In recent years, there have been more applicants than positions. Admissions decisions for PPTP and Foundations are completed by mid-June. Qualified applicants who are not offered 2019 admission may be offered a position on the 2019 waiting list.

Admissions decisions for PPTP and Foundations are completed between early and mid-June. Qualified applicants who are not offered admission may be offered a position on the waiting list.

To apply either to PPTP or to Foundations, please download the PPTP/Foundations application file, fill it out in Microsoft Word, and email it along with ALL supporting documents to [email protected] by 9:00 AM on April 3, 2019.

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

WE RECOMMEND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE, so that you have greater flexibility in scheduling your interview and time to address any incomplete components before the deadline passes.

Please read the program descriptions below for important information about requirements, costs, 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, running from September through mid-June. Each evening is comprised of a 90-minute didactic seminar, a 15-minute break, and a 90-minute case conference. Foundations students attend only the first-year of seminars and case conferences.

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 SFCP’s most experienced clinicians, as well as opportunities to explore how concepts covered in seminars may be integrated into clinical work.

FIRST-YEAR COURSEWORK
(PPTP & Foundations)

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.

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 therapeutic action and technique.

 

SECOND-YEAR COURSEWORK
(PPTP only)

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 therapeutic action and technique.

 

Individuals, Dyads, and Cultures

PPTP coursework aims to help trainees to develop ways of working informed by psychoanalytic perspectives on individuals, dyads, and groups. Central to these perspectives is attention to how sociocultural contexts influence and interact with subjective experience and with the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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. Foundations students can also participate in the Supervision component of training as well, but supervision is not required for Foundations students.

PPTP offers trainees the opportunity to receive supervision from some of SFCP’s most experienced faculty at reduced fees. Supervisors are chosen from the PPTP faculty, which includes clinicians throughout the Bay Area, Peninsula, 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 (usually $25-$75 per session).

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 twice per week or more.

Students enrolled in PPTP must be working in a clinical setting where they can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week.

The PPTP and Foundations programs are dedicated to providing individual mentorship and interactive feedback to each trainee.

Mentorship

The goal of mentorship 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. If you enroll in either PPTP or Foundations, you will have the opportunity to be connected with an SFCP Mentor with whom you can meet monthly (or at a frequency of your choosing).

Feedback

You will be given detailed feedback regarding your participation in class and, if in PPTP, your supervision. This feedback is non-evaluative and confidential, and is intended solely for the purposes of your professional development. We also will ask for your confidential feedback regarding your classes and, if in PPTP, your supervision, so that your learning experience can be as interactive as possible.

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

In addition, applicants to the PPTP must be practicing in a clinical setting where they can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week. Each PPTP 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 rather than to PPTP.

Further questions about eligibility may be directed to Admissions Chair, Michael Levin, Psy.D. at [email protected].

The Admissions Committee is working to ensure that the group of students beginning classes in Fall 2019 will be committed to participating throughout the duration of the program, without departures or extended leaves of absence. Such commitment is critical to maintaining cohesive groups that are at the core of the PPTP learning experience. Further, consistent class attendance is crucial as groups develop a coherent body of clinical and theoretical material, as well as a group identity, that they build on together throughout the program. If minimum class attendance requirements are not met, the course must be repeated the following year.

Because of the importance of group cohesion and stability to the educational experience, we would like you to consider whether — barring unforeseeable and unlikely circumstances — you can make a firm commitment to attend class consistently throughout the duration of the program to which you are accepted. Examples of circumstances which have posed a challenge in the past include: (1) professional responsibilities such as fellowships, demanding jobs, and call schedules; (2) time-consuming or unpredictable personal commitments; and (3) personal circumstances such as travel plans, planned leaves of absence, or a partner’s relocation away from the Bay Area. If you anticipate that these or similar circumstances may prevent you from beginning the program or from attending consistently throughout the program, we ask that you contact us to discuss your situation before you apply.

Please review the next tab, “GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING WHETHER TO APPLY TO PPTP OR FOUNDATIONS,” for guidance in deciding whether PPTP or Foundations would be a better fit for your circumstances. Please be aware that if you are offered admission to either program and accept the offer, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit on July 1, 2019 to secure a spot in the Fall 2019 class (please see the Application Form for the full fee schedule).

Finally, students in the PPTP program must be working in a clinical setting where they can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week. If you do not have this option, please apply to Foundations.

Note: If you enroll in Foundations, you may convert to PPTP at any time if your circumstances change.

Please use the following guidelines to make your decision regarding application to PPTP or Foundations. On the application form, you will be asked to check one of these boxes and provide a brief description of your situation.

  • I am confident that I will be able to matriculate in Fall 2019 and to commit to attending class consistently throughout the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, from September to mid-June each year. I will be working in a clinical setting where I can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week.
    Apply to the two-year PPTP program
     
  • I am attempting to make arrangements to be able to matriculate in Fall 2019 and to attend class consistently throughout the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years from September to mid-June. I expect to be working in a clinical setting where I can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week. However, my professional/personal plans are still awaiting confirmation. I will update the Admissions Committee as soon as possible as my plans become clearer.
    Apply to the two-year PPTP program if you expect clarification before May 15, 2019
    Apply to the one-year Foundations program if you expect clarification after May 15, 2019
     
  • I am confident that I will be able to matriculate in Fall 2019 and to commit to attend class consistently from September 2019 through mid-June 2020, but I have plans which prevent me from committing to attend in 2020-2021 (e.g. applying to Fellowships, possibly moving, possibly taking an extended leave of absence).
    Apply to the one-year Foundations program with the option to convert to PPTP
     
  • I am confident that I will be able to matriculate in Fall 2019 and to commit to attend class consistently from September 2019 through mid-June 2020, but I will not be working in a clinical setting where I can see adult patients in open-ended psychotherapy at a frequency of one to two times per week.
    Apply to the one-year Foundations program with the option to convert to PPTP
     
  • I am interested in applying to PPTP/Foundations; however, my plans and level of commitment are uncertain at this time.
    Before applying, contact Michael Levin, Admissions Chair at [email protected] to discuss your situation.

Integrations

For trainees who have completed the two-year course 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 enroll, please download this Enrollment form, complete it in Microsoft Word, and email to [email protected].

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Membership in SFCP

All graduates of PPTP will have an opportunity to become Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Members (PPM) of SFCP. Please see the SFCP website for a full description of PPM membership benefits and ongoing educational opportunities.

PPTP (Year 1, 2019-2020) $ 2,350.00
Foundations (2019-2020) $ 2,350.00
Integrations (2019-2020) $ 1,260.00

**Please see program Application Form for full schedule of deposit and tuition fee deadlines.

For all programs, 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
     
  • 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.

Please note that supervision fees are additional to tuition and are arranged individually between supervisor and supervisee. Please also note that with few exceptions assigned readings are available from the online databases PEP Web or EZ-Proxy, access to which are included in tuition fees. Assigned readings which are not on PEP Web or EZ-Proxy will be available online for a small additional fee.

Please also note that CME/CE credits fee is separate from the tuition fee. Please see the CME/CE Credits Information tab for details.

The CME/CE Credits fee is separate from the tuition fee and billed individually upon the request for credits at the end of the program year. The credits cost per hour is $10. SFCP has established a cap cost of $200 for credits requested per program per year. For example, the entire PPTP Year 1 has a total of 108 CME/CE credits. If one is eligible to request for the entire 108 CME/CE credits, the cost will be $200 as it reaches the maximum fee amount.

Educational Objectives:

What changes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy? (18.0 CME/CE Credits)
- define and describe the concepts that most distinguish psychoanalytic thinking from thinking in other fields: unconscious mental life, psychological causation, mental conflict, transference, and defense.
- describe and comparatively differentiate the analytic theories, models of the mind, and notions of mental development that most influence the contemporary practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- describe an approach to psychoanalytic formulation which applies psychoanalytic theories to the understanding of individual patients.
- describe different models of therapeutic action in psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Beginning Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (13.5 CME/CE Credits)
- articulate strategies for evaluating new patients for psychoanalytic psychotherapy such as how to assess a patient’s level of personality disturbance and how to decide whether to treat a given patient.
- describe the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to conducting initial sessions, such as whether (and how) to take a history.
- describe the psychoanalytic frame and articulate how to set up a useful psychoanalytic frame in a treatment.

Introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice (22.5 CME/CE Credits)
- describe ways to use their intellectual and emotional faculties to apprehend unconscious experience.
- articulate different approaches to listening and intervening with patients, and describe how to adapt interventions to the patient's level of psychopathology.
- articulate different technical approaches to conducting a psychoanalytic psychotherapy, including moment-to-moment tracking of resistance, defense interpretations, and psychoanalytic formulation based on developmental themes.
- define and comparatively describe the differences between an object relations-based vs. drive theory-based approach to treatment.
- articulate different models of the transferencecountertransference matrix.
- describe technical approaches which engage more deeply with patients and promote greater treatment frequency.

Conceptualizing the patient's inner world (13.5 CME/CE Credits)
- define and compare three different models of the mind (one-person/intrapsychic; two-person/interpsychic; transpsychic)
- describe an approach to psychoanalytic formulation using these three models.
- define ways of describing the internal psychic experience of their patients within these three models.
- describe differences in the focus of clinical attention and technical approaches that are consistent with each model of the mind.

Conceptualizing the psychoanalytic situation (13.5 CME/CE Credits)
- define and compare different ways of understanding the psychological process between patient and therapist in the psychotherapy setting.
- articulate some of the intrapsychic and interpsychic determinants of psychological process in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- describe different ways of understanding and making use of the transference-countertransference in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- describe the contribution of unconscious communicative processes (e.g. holding, projective identification, containment, and intersubjectivity) in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Clinical challenges in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (13.5 CME/CE Credits)
- define some of the clinical challenges and impasses that can arise in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- describe different theoretical approaches to formulating clinical challenges from an intrapsychic and interpsychic perspective (e.g. defensive structures, psychic retreats, resistance-counterresistance, enactments, enclave-excursion).
- describe a variety of different technical approaches to these clinical challenges arising from different theoretical models.
- describe different ways of formulating and working clinically with particularly challenging character structures such as narcissism and perversion.

Creative technique in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (13.5 CME/CE Credits)
- describe different models of therapeutic action in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- describe and compare different types of verbal interventions and interpretive approaches that are consistent with these models of therapeutic action.
- describe the role of non-verbal and non-interpretive interventions in clinical technique (the frame, silence, holding, containment).
- articulate how they would apply these different technical approaches to their own clinical cases.

All case conferences (13.5 CME/CE Credits for each session)
- describe how to analyze the moment to moment developments in a clinical case presentation in order to study the impact of clinical interventions.
- describe comparative theoretical approaches to clinical material and to participate in a collaborative clinical discussion.
- describe how to formulate hypotheses about the clinical approach in a specific treatment and ways to improve their skills in observing changes within a clinical hour.


CMA / CME LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13.5 to 22.5 credits as listed for each individual program (please refer to the program description tab), AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 13.5 to 22.5 CE credits on an hour for hour basis (please refer to the program description tab).

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 02677, on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD; Genie Dvorak, PsyD; Adam Goldyne, MD; Beth Steinberg, PhD; Jack Giuliani, PhD; Celeste Schneider, PhD; Katherine Fraser, DMH; Deborah Weisinger, PsyD; John Jemerin, MD; J. Samuel Chase, MD; Michael Wagner, MFT, PhD; Julie Ruskin, PhD; Gary Grossman, PhD; Stephen Purcell, MD; Leora Benioff, PhD; Jonathan Dunn, PhD; Terrence Becker, MD; Holly Gordon, DMH; Elizabeth Simpson, LCSW; Nancy Beckman, PhD; Peter Goldberg, PhD; Christopher Wallis, MD; Clara Kwun, LCSW; Michael Levin, PsyD; Steven Goldberg, MD; Terrence Owens, MD; Mary Margaret McClure, DMH; James Dimon, MD; Walt Beckman, PhD; Abby Wolfson, PhD; and Henry Markman, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

Physicians, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Registered Nurses will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

Psychologists participating in long-term programs (lecture series) who can demonstrate a minimum of 80% attendance for a seminar within the series, are eligible to obtain these credits by notifying the SFCP office after the seminar has ended. Seminars of 4 sessions or fewer require 100% attendance. Participants will pay the appropriate fee for the seminar (based on the number of credits they obtain), and then will receive a verification letter of their attendance.

100% attendance is required for short-term programs (individual course).

If you are interested in learning more about these training options, we encourage you to attend our PPTP Informational Open House on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 7:30-9:00 pm at SFCP. Please RSVP to [email protected].

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

For questions about the application process contact Admissions Chair Michael Levin, Psy.D. at [email protected].

For specific questions about the Sacramento/Davis area training option contact Katherine Fraser, DMH, (415) 921-6760 or [email protected]

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]
Genie Dvorak, PsyD (Supervision Co-Chair) [email protected]
Kathy Waller, MD (Supervision Co-Chair) [email protected]
Katherine Fraser, DMH (Dean) [email protected]
Elizabeth Rawson, MD, MHS (Outreach Chair) [email protected]