Psychoanalytic Training: Coursework
The Adult Psychoanalytic Training Curriculum consists of four years of seminars and case conferences designed to explore a wide range of psychoanalytic approaches to clinical work. In addition, the curriculum is arranged to model a process of psychoanalytic inquiry for lifelong learning. Clinical illustrations and sociocultural perspectives ground every class. Below, you will find detailed information about each year of training.
Introduction to Year 1
The theme of Year 1 courses is ‘Clinical and Conceptual Grounding.’ Individual seminars in Year 1 trace the historical evolution of psychoanalysis across intra-psychic, inter-psychic, and collective models of psychic functioning, and articulate the distinctions in these coexisting perspectives as they inform clinical work. Classes cover a wide range of psychoanalytic traditions, originated by Freud, Ferenczi, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, the American Self Psychologists and Relationalists, as well as prominent French and Latin American psychoanalysts. In addition, a yearlong combined seminar/case conference will introduce principles of beginning a psychoanalytic treatment, including the nuts and bolts of using the couch, increasing frequency, and technical approaches to deepening the work.
The following is a graphic of the Year 1 schedule. The description of a particular course or series may be accessed by clicking its information symbol.
Introduction to Year 2
The theme of Year 2 courses is ‘The Developing Individual in Society.’ Courses will be organized around two animating questions: (1) How do people become who they are? (2) How does cultural experience structure the unconscious and how does the unconscious structure individual and collective cultural experience? Seminars will attempt to illustrate how development is situated within the natural environment and within multiple collectives, including the family and the broader sociocultural surround. Specific attention will be given to understanding the impact of power, privilege, and diversity in the clinical situation and in the classroom group process.
The following is a graphic of the Year 2 Schedule. The description of a particular course or series may be accessed by clicking its information symbol.
Introduction to Year 3
The theme of Year 3 courses is ‘Clinical and Conceptual Deepening.’ Based on the principle of cumulative iterative learning, Year 3 seminars will return to the multiple perspectives introduced in Year 1, focusing on close reading and discussion of primary texts by Freud, Ferenczi, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, the American Self Psychology and Relationalists, as well as prominent French and Latin American psychoanalysts.
In comparison with the Year 1 curriculum, Year 3 will offer candidates the opportunity to engage more directly with each perspective via the primary literature. Ideally, candidates will leave each course feeling the following : (1) a more-developed sense (compared with the first year) of how clinical work might be informed by the perspective in question; (2) a more-developed sense of how clinical work informed by the perspective might resemble, or differ from, clinical work informed by other perspectives addressed in the curriculum; (3) a more-developed understanding of the perspective’s clinically-relevant terms and concepts; (4) a sense of having done some deep reading of central papers in this perspective’s primary literature.
The following is a graphic of the Year 3 Schedule. The description of a particular course or series may be accessed by clicking its information symbol:
Introduction to Year 4
The theme of Year 4 courses is ‘Lived Clinical Experience.’ In Year 4 seminars, candidates and instructors will collaborate to articulate their own psychoanalytic values, clinical sensibilities, and the challenges they have encountered in their clinical work, making use of the contemporary psychoanalytic literature to compare, contrast, and integrate approaches.
The following is a graphic of the Year 4 Schedule. The description of a particular course or series may be accessed by clicking its information symbol.
In this workshop, candidates will review published articles for the purpose of learning effective writing strategies for scholarly psychoanalytic writing. Candidates will also submit their own writing samples for review and critique by the instructor and the group. This year-long course meets once per month on a weekend day, and candidates may choose to take it at any time during their post-seminar year(s). The course will prepare candidates for writing their Graduation Paper. For candidates in the PsyD in Psychoanalysis program, this course will provide an opportunity to develop their preliminary ideas for their dissertation.
SFCP is pleased to offer our graduates from the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program the opportunity to obtain a PsyD in Psychoanalysis (Doctorate of Psychology in Psychoanalysis) degree. This optional, supplemental program is available to all current candidates and former graduates who wish to engage in deeper study in any area of psychoanalysis, and to pursue additional academic training in psychoanalytic research and scholarship. Requirements for enrolling in the PsyD in Psychoanalysis Program include:
- Current membership in SFCP as a Candidate or Analyst member (per BPPE regulations).
- Payment of a supplemental tuition fee ($450 for 2019-20).
- Completion of the four-year Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program curriculum.
- Completion of the post-seminar Graduation Paper Writing Workshop and submission of an approved Graduation Paper (for PsyD candidates, the Graduation paper can serve as a preliminary exploration of a potential dissertation topic)
- Completion of an additional course on Psychoanalytic Research Methodology and Critical Thinking (9 weeks) which will focus on the question: how do we validate what we think we know? The course will cover fundamental principles involved in interpreting empirical studies of treatment efficacy; various methodologies for studying the efficacy of particular approaches in psychoanalytically-oriented treatments; and comparing, contrasting, and critiquing various epistemologies within the field of clinical psychoanalysis.
- Design and completion of a program of Supervised Independent Study (minimum of 30 hours) under advisement and approval by the Dissertation Committee Chair. This program should focus on the area of specialization and could involve additional elective coursework, meetings, interviews, observational studies, etc., as determined by the dissertation topic.
- Completion of a scholarly dissertation in an area of specialization. This dissertation must be formally approved by a Dissertation Committee (consisting of a Chair and a Reader from the SFCP faculty). It must constitute an original contribution to the psychoanalytic literature. Possible dissertation topics could include an original psychoanalytic research study, an original exposition of a topic related to the practice of clinical psychoanalysis, or an original application of psychoanalytic theory to a related academic discipline.
CME/CE Credits Fee
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.
Ethics in Psychoanalysis (9 CME/CE Credits)
1. Discuss the ethical mandate for psychoanalysts to strive for sociocultural awareness.
2. Discuss different perspectives on foundational elements of psychoanalytic ethics.
3. Describe, assess, and compare different methods of protecting patient confidentiality when writing about patients for scientific presentation or journal articles.
4. Describe why the patient’s request for the therapist to disclose information should not automatically be granted and when legal consultation may be needed.
5. Describe patient characteristics and therapist factors that can strain therapy boundaries and increase the risk of boundary crossings or violations
6. Protect a patient’s treatment in the event of a therapist’s illness injury or death.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of technology (telephone, video conferencing, social media, Email, texting) in the clinical situation.
8. Become aware of and apply the Principles and Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
CE Attendance Policy
Please see individual course listings for the number of CE credits awarded, if applicable. Courses offering CE credit meet the requirements for CE credit for Psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and MFTs.
APA requires psychologists and other mental health professionals participating in all programs, including in long-term programs (lecture series) to demonstrate 100% attendance in order to be eligible to obtain CE credit. All participants must sign in at the beginning of each class or program and sign out at the end of the class or program. If participants miss a class in a seminar that is part of a long term program, they may be eligible to do “make-up” work for the missed class. Participants can meet with the class via Zoom or another “face to face” platform, if they are unable to attend in person. Alternatively, they can arrange to meet with the instructor, in person, to make-up the instructional time or can engage with the instructor via the “face to face” technologies, i.e. Face-time, Duo, Zoom, or others. This work must be completed within two weeks of the end of a seminar. Credit for the seminar will be awarded once the instructor notifies the SFCP office the time has been made up and the participant completes a course evaluation. No variable credit will be awarded for partial attendance.
CME/CE Credits Information
The 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.
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 contents.
PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9 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 an entity recognized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.
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 (CEP 02677) on an hour for hour basis.
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.
Commercial Support: None
Faculty Disclosure: All instructors 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. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.