SFCP will host all classes, programs, and meetings only via remote technology from March 16 until further notice

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, 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


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  • Psychoanalytic Education Division Update, by Gary Grossman, PhD
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  • 2020 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Graduates

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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

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances - Instructors: Elyse Miller, LCSW and Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

2019 - 2021 Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program: Latency and Adolescence (Second Year)

Friday, September 11, 2020

2020 - 2021 East Bay Yearlong Program: Lived Psychoanalysis: A Study in Context, Theory and Practice in the Modern World

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Queer & Gay Men: Developmental, Clinical, & Cultural Considerations - Instructor: Gary Grossman, PhD

Friday, October 16, 2020

2020 - 2021 San Francisco Continuous Case Conference

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Western Regional Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Conference: Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Monday, November 09, 2020

Scientific Meeting: Psychoanalysis and Tango: Complex Arts of Grief Therapy - Presenter: Dawn Farber, PsyD | Discussant: Lexa Rosean, MA

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: Psychoanalysis and The Social World - Instructor: Jyoti Rao, MFT

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Psychoanalytic Student Seminars: Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy with Patients in Internship and Clinical Settings - Instructor: Beth Steinberg, PhD

Thursday, January 07, 2021

2020 - 2021 Coalition for Clinical Social Work: Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work With Community Mental Health Clients - Year 1