SFCP will host all classes, programs, and meetings only via remote technology from March 16 to at least May 3, 2020

To the SFCP Community,

Taking into account the rapidly developing context with regard to COVID-19 and the high degree of uncertainty that surrounds it, we have decided that beginning Monday, March 16th and extending through Sunday, May 3rd, SFCP will hold all classes, programs, and committee and administrative meetings via remote technology only. All other events are cancelled for the time being. Our building at 444 Natoma will be closed during this period. Staff will be working from home, but will be fully available to support SFCP’s operations including support for use of remote technology. The best way to communicate with staff is via email. The PED and both the San Francisco and Palo Alto PPTPs have already decided to hold all classes virtually, effective immediately. Given the high level of concern about the COVID-19 virus and the evidence of widespread community transmission we believe that making this a general policy is the prudent step to take at this juncture. We will revisit this policy in early April.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we strive to adapt to this unprecedented circumstance.

Mike Smith & Walt Beckman, Co-Presidents
Paul Sorbo, Chair, Board of Trustees
Marcia Hodges, Administrative Director


  • Co-Presidents Message: Adaptation, by Walt Beckman, PhD and Michael K. Smith, PhD
  • SFCP February Board Meeting Highlights, by Paul K. Sorbo, LCSW
  • Annual Meeting Survey, by Paul K. Sorbo, LCSW
  • Annual Giving Campaign Update, by Susmita Shah, MFT
  • RECOGNITIONS: Genie Dvorak, PsyD

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About SFCP

Our Mission

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is dedicated to advancing the vitality and enduring value of psychoanalysis in Northern California and beyond.

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis was organized in 2007, combining the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute & Society, founded in 1941, with the San Francisco Foundation for Psychoanalysis, founded in 1991. The SFCP is a not for profit organization with more than 200 practicing analysts and more than 45 candidates (psychoanalysts in training).  The Center provides an extensive training program in psychoanalysis.  The Center also sponsors a large, vibrant Extension Division which offers classes and seminars for continuing education credit to mental health professionals upon approval of membership.  Outreach programs may also be found on our calendar.  These events are free and offer no continuing education credit and are open to the general public.  In addition, SFCP maintains a Low / Moderate Fee Referral Services for adults, children and adolescents as well as providing other mental health services and programs for the general community.

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Upcoming Programs

Saturday, April 04, 2020

****** EVENT CANCELLED ****** Child Colloquium Series: Deep Change: the Effectiveness of Long Term Psychotherapy with Foster Kids - Presenters: Mary Haake, PhD; Lauren Phillips, PhD and Niko Whitmire, PsyD

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

****** EVENT CANCELLED ****** San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum - Case Presenter: Candice Turner, PsyD | Discussant: Clara Kwun, LCSW

Saturday, April 18, 2020

****** EVENT CANCELLED ****** Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: FERENCZI’S “MUTUAL ANALYSIS” AND ITS RELEVANCE TO CURRENT PRACTICE - Presenter: Henry Markman, MD | Discussant: Maria Longuemare, MD

Friday, April 24, 2020

****** EVENT CANCELLED ****** Psychoanalytic Grand Round at Stanford: A Personal View of the Theoretical Shifts at SFPI/CP; 1990s to the Present - Presenter: Jonathan Dunn, PhD

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: What is Psychological work? (What Are We Doing, Anyway?) - Instructor: Sydney Tan, PsyD

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum - Case Presenter: Kristian Kemtrup, PhD, AMFT | Discussant: Charles Fisher, MD

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum - Case Presenter: Christine Wai, PsyD | Discussant: Genie Dvorak, PsyD

Friday, May 29, 2020

Psychoanalytic Grand Round at Stanford: Screens: A Necessary Evil? - Presenter: Jeffrey Yost, MFT

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: Becoming a Couple: An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy - Instructor: Dana Iscoff, MFT

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: ENACTING, DISRUPTING, AND EMERGING: THE UNOBTRUSIVE ANALYST - Presenter: Robert Grossmark, PhD | Discussant: Laurie Goldsmith, PhD