Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

The SDPC Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program is for mental health clinicians who want to acquire expertise in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy and apply a psychodynamic perspective to clinical work in all treatment settings. 

This training investigates the mind from the perspectives of current psychoanalytic theories of normal and pathological development and function.  It also explores how the developing individual acquires the capacity to know and care for others, attains a gender identity, develops standards and ideals, and balances working, loving, and living throughout the life cycle. 

Individuals who successfully complete the two-year didactic curriculum and concurrent individual consultation with faculty members, receive from SDPC a certificate in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Hours of classes:  Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a total of 33 weeks from September through May, for two years.  Didactic readings emphasize the application of psychoanalytic thought to the practice of psychotherapy.

Suitability for training:  A fundamental requirement for psychoanalytic psychotherapy education and clinical training is an established identity as a professional whose conduct assures a firm and enduring commitment to responsible and ethical patient care. The suitable applicant gives evidence of character, integrity, and ethical conduct.  Evaluation of suitability is based on interviews with faculty members, as well as letters of reference.

Applicants are asked to include in their application a written case report and a personal statement conveying the development of interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Admission requirements:  Licensed mental health clinicians in the State of California are eligible for application for the clinical certificate. Unlicensed applicants with at least a Masters level of training  are eligible for application on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants must provide proof of malpractice insurance.

Course content:  The academic portion of the program includes two years of class work in the following topics:

  • Advanced Psychodynamic Concepts
  • Clinical Technique: Beginning a Psychotherapy; Advanced Therapeutic Interventions; Applications to Brief, Couple, and Family Work, and Work with the Seriously Ill
  • Development: Becoming Who We Are, from Birth to Old Age
  • Psychodynamic Diagnosis:  Neurotic and  Borderline Personality Organization
  • Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Case conferences:  Assessment, Formulation, Psychotherapy Process

We are now accepting applications for admission to the two-year Psychotherapy Program beginning September 2017. Please submit your applications to:

Michelle Spencer, Administrator at: sdpc.michelle@gmail.com - Contact: 858-454-3102