San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

September 2016 -June 2018

Maria Longuemare, M.D., Chair
The mission of this two-year program is to teach ways of thinking and working that will help each trainee to become a more fulfilled and effective psychoanalytic psychotherapist. This is accomplished through didactic courses, case conferences, mentorship, and supervision. All instructors, case conference leaders, and supervisors are experienced psychoanalytic clinicians and members of the SFCP faculty.

Applications for the September 2016 entering class will be accepted starting January 1, 2016. The program is offered Tuesday evenings at SFCP in San Francisco. 

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an option that allows trainees to participate in the first year coursework (didactic seminars and case conferences) of the PPTP, without undertaking the supervised psychotherapy component.  Students who enroll in Foundations may later decide to apply to the PPTP if they wish to engage in the second year of didactic courses and begin seeing psychoanalytic psychotherapy patients under the guidance of PPTP supervisors.


Trainees in PPTP and Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy attend courses on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. in San Francisco.  Courses are held 36 weeks per year.  Each evening is comprised of a 90-minute didactic seminar, a 15-minute break, and a 90-minute case conference.

Trainees enrolled in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program take first-year coursework, only.  PPTP trainees take both first-year and second-year coursework.

The PPTP's innovative, comprehensive and challenging didactic curriculum involves seven seminars: three in the first year, and four in the second year. These courses are carefully organized around the aim of deepening each trainee's understanding and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. There also are four case conferences per program year, each facilitated by a seasoned psychoanalytic clinician. 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.




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

Beginning treatment (9 weeks)
Presents the fundamentals of conducting an initial evaluation, making a treatment decision, and arranging a treatment frame.

Introduction to psychoanalytic technique
 (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)




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).


Weekly individual supervision with experienced faculty is fundamental to the PPTP training experience.  Each trainee completes at least eighteen months of supervision and, over time, presents at least two patients.  At least one year of supervision is devoted to the same patient. 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.

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 in response to each trainee’s ability to pay.

The PPTP is dedicated to providing individual mentorship and interactive feedback to each trainee.  The goal of mentorship and feedback is to support each trainee in pursuing his or her individual psychoanalytic interests and capacities; in developing as a professional; and in finding a professional home at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is fundamental to a psychoanalytic clinician’s development and learning.  While the PPTP does not require trainees to engage in treatment during training, it is strongly encouraged, and faculty is available to make referrals for trainees seeking personal treatment.

When there are more applicants who are accepted to PPTP or Foundations than there are spaces in the class, a group of clinicians is deferred. For these trainees we provide a year-long case conference in which experienced psychoanalytic instructors and SFCP faculty members teach the basic principles of psychodynamic practice through detailed, collaborative discussion of process material presented by the trainees and instructors. In addition to hands on learning about psychoanalytic approaches to treatment, the seminar provides an introduction to the SFCP community and psychotherapy training, and an opportunity to get to know some of our faculty and other psychotherapy trainees. The seminar meets bi-weekly through the academic year and is provided at no cost.

For trainees who have completed the two year seminar sequence of the PPTP, we offer an optional third year, weekly seminar called Integrations. Taught by some of our most experienced faculty, Integrations is a case conference and focused reading seminar. As trainees present their clinical work, articles are selected from the psychoanalytic literature that illustrate or illuminate key clinical problems raised by the material. The papers are read closely and considered in relation to the case under discussion.

To enroll in either Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or the PPTP, 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) working under a supervisor’s license and covered by that supervisor’s professional liability policy.  Please note: While we welcome applications for Foundations, in years where the number of applications exceeds spaces available for enrollment in PPTP/Foundations, priority will be given to students who have applied to PPTP.

Applications for Fall 2016 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016.  Applications will not be considered to have been submitted until the primary application and all supporting documents have been received.  All applicants who submit completed applications by April 1, 2016 will be guaranteed consideration for matriculation in 2016.   Those who apply after April 1, 2016 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 2016 admission will be offered a position on the 2016 waiting list, as well as guaranteed matriculation in 2017 should 2016 matriculation prove impossible.   In addition, the admissions committee will consider applications from those who wish to apply early to matriculate in 2017.

To apply to the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

To apply to Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

All documents sent by email should be sent to  All documents sent by U.S. Mail should be addressed to the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, ATTN: PPTP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.


For PPTP and Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
The tuition is $ 2,175.00. Yearly tuition covers the following:


Access to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) online database of books and articles

Course readers

Community membership at SFCP

Community membership is an entry into a large, diverse, and vibrant community of clinicians, scholars, educators, and researchers united by their common interest in psychoanalytic practice and thought. Access to a broad range of educational and professional development activities is available to members of SFCP.

As community members, trainees have access to the SFCP library’s extensive collection of psychoanalytic books and journals.

Supervision fees are separate from tuition and are based on the trainee’s ability to pay

For Integrations
The tuition is $ 1,135.00.

Any sessions already attended would be charged as usual and any sessions that will not be attended will be handled as a pro-rated refund of the total fee.  Any class in progress at the time of withdrawal will continue to be charged.


  • There will be no refund of application fees.
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress.
  • We will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.
  • There will be a $ 300.00 non-refundable processing fee for all refunds.

A certificate of completion of a two-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy will be awarded upon graduation.

Continue to check this webpage for updated information about the PPTP and Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.   Those with questions about applying may contact Genie Dvorak, Psy.D. at (415) 249-9184 or Nancy Beckman, Ph.D. at (415) 346-9446.  Those with other questions may contact Beth Steinberg, Ph.D. at (415) 441-5302 or Adam Goldyne, M.D. at (415) 826-9639.


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