Psychoanalytic Training Division



Since its formation in the 1940s by American and European psychoanalysts, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) has been a vital hub of psychoanalytic training and scholarship, not only throughout Northern California, but also nationally and internationally. SFCP is a member organization of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and the sole Northern California institution affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

SFCP has continued to evolve throughout its history, and now stands as a model for contemporary psychoanalytic thinking and training. Our training program offers a comprehensive vision of educational development for psychoanalysts-to-be, resting on the traditional three pillars of psychoanalytic education: seminars in clinical work and theory, supervision of analytic cases, and personal psychoanalysis. To this we add a fourth pillar: cultivation of an open but rigorous capacity for psychoanalytic inquiry, in which ideas are queried, evaluated, and compared in context rather than being treated as received wisdom.