Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program: Details

For a full listing of all formal courses offered by the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, follow the link below:

PCOP Course Catalog

The Foundation Year entails one year of classes and provides a comprehensive framework for understanding psychoanalytic theory and its application to clinical work. The curriculum also includes monthly group supervision linked to class topics and Balint process group sessions, both of which are designed to help integrate didactic learning with clinical experience and to facilitate the use of self in our work.

The following two Intensive Years provide further immersion in psychoanalytic theory and practice for students seeking to deepen what they learned in the Foundation Year or for experienced clinicians seeking to improve their practice of psychoanalytic therapy. Teaching is supplemented by group supervision that focuses on specific topics and case conferences that follow individual cases over several weeks.

Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning in September, at Rockland Mansion, E. Fairmount Park, 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

Continuing Medical Education (CME):

These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates these Live Activities for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per session. 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 of these CME programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education for Psychologists (CE):

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors (CE):

In accordance with the requirements of the Commonwealth of PA dated 12/23/06 [PA Code: Title 49, Ch. 47-49], The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors recognizes the American Psychological Association (APA) as a preapproved provider of continuing education programs for social workers and clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors in the State of Pennsylvania. The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs.

Personal Psychotherapy

Our own self-awareness is crucial to our ability to fully understand the therapeutic process. It is preferable for students to be in personal treatment while enrolled in the Foundation Year, while students in the Intensive Years are required to do so. This requirement may be waived (e.g., for applicants who had a sufficient prior therapy experience) by approval of the directors. The program directors and members of faculty are available to assist in this matter, and a list of sliding fee therapists can be provided.

Individual Supervision

Students in the Foundation Year are encouraged to have supervision. Students in the Intensive Course are required to have weekly individual supervision and are encouraged to see at least two cases in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Supervisors must be selected in consultation with the program director(s). Supervisory fees are additional, but a list of supervisors who offer a reduced fee will be provided.


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