Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (PPP)

The PPP offers advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training to clinicians of varying disciplines, backgrounds, and practice settings.

This program aims to help students develop an analytic approach to therapy by listening, observation, interpretation, and intervention, focusing on both conscious and unconscious processes, countertransference, and transference. Classroom learning translates to clinical practice as the therapeutic relationship is explored and better understood.

Students will learn psychoanalytic theory, including self-psychology, relational theory, attachment theory, object relations theory, drive theory, and ego psychology. Diversity of thought, identity, and experience are welcomed and encouraged within the classroom to deepen case discussion and didactic learning. Through this learning process, diversity will be explored in the clinical dyad, social context, and within child and adult developmental theory.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy training consists of four elements:

  • Classroom: Seminars explore theory, development, technique, and clinical case discussion. Classes are held Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:15pm, September to May.
  • Clinical supervision: Close supervision of a psychoanalytic psychotherapy case seen twice weekly over twelve months and a second case seen weekly over six months by different supervisors from the OPC community.
  • Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A twice-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis of at least one year is required to promote self-awareness and deepen learning.
  • Process Group: A facilitated group process examining the collective unconscious to reveal social and cultural truths. Groups are held quarterly.

See more information on Current Program Handbook.

How to Apply

The program welcomes applicants of various disciplines with an active Oregon license and professional liability insurance coverage.

This program has rolling admissions with an application deadline of April 1st of the year the new cohort begins.

The program is open to licensed mental health professionals of all disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, and psychiatric nursing.

Application Fee (non-refundable): $125
Deferment Reapplication Fee: $75
Annual Tuition, year 1 (2021-22): $2,970
Annual Tuition, year 2 (2022-23): $3059*
PEP Web $85
Post-Seminar Annual Tuition: $675*

Graduates of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program receive certificates of completion. They are invited to apply to the PPP Faculty to be considered for teaching and supervision opportunities.

The Oregon Psychoanalytic Center is devoted to creating a more diverse and inclusive community and approach to clinical service and practice. We maintain a non-discriminatory policy regarding race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or marital or parental status in admissions, employment, and access to programs.

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of American Psychoanalytic Association and Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021-