Oregon Psychoanalytic Center offers a variety of classes, courses, and programs, providing clinicians with psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches to a wide range of issues seen in clinical practices. 

We want to inspire your interest in thinking and working psychodynamically. Our goal is to bring to you the diversity and plurality of contemporary psychoanalytic thinking, to share insights, and to enrich our mutual understanding as to how best to help our patients. Our programs address the needs of clinicians at all levels of expertise

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CE Courses

Please contact Anna Kornfeld ([email protected]) if you would like to attend a CE course via distance learning.

Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Monthly or Weekly
Traditionally this series of ten monthly sessions is designed to meet the needs of clinicians who want to gain a beginning understanding of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These sessions will have a clinical focus and will provide an opportunity for participants to hear and discuss case material and to present case material if they wish. Brief readings focused around a key clinical or theoretical concept will also be discussed. The sessions will be taught and facilitated by members of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center.

This year we will be offering a second section with a new format -- 
10 weekly sessions starting in September!

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Beyond Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
For graduates of Fundamentals, this series of nine monthly courses is designed to take your psychotherapeutic skills and theoretical understanding to the next level.  Based on the original Fundamentals model, this course will include readings on advanced clinical and foundational theoretical topics designed to deepen your work with your clients.  Students will have the opportunity to present case material if so desired.  The sessions will be taught and facilitated by four members of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center.  Our goal is to create a warm, stimulating environment to continue your development as a psychotherapist.

Fundamentals of Child Psychotherapy
We look forward to thinking together about psychodynamic child psychotherapy. Child treatment is a complex mixture of transference and family dynamics, play and symbolism, alliance with parents, and dealing with your own conscious and unconscious reactions to the child and their context. We will open each class with some orienting comments about the readings and then help us deepen our understanding of the central concepts through discussion of your reactions, questions, and associations. During each class, we’ll also hear clinical material from class members and attempt to link the theory with actual clinical encounters from your practices.

Is Truth Relevant?
This series of nine monthly seminars will be discussing articles from a 2016 Psychoanalytic Quarterly Special Issue discussing the topic, “Is Truth Relevant?” Recent speakers for OPC programs prompted the desire to explore further the meaning of ‘truth’ in our clinical work from different perspectives. This issue of the Quarterly provided a ready-made syllabus and an opportunity to explore with colleagues these complex and challenging ideas and writings by a number of prominent analytic writers.

Ecopsychoanalysis: Using Psychoanalytic Understanding to Face the Climate Crisis
In this course (1) we will look at understanding unconscious obstacles and attitudes underpinning the emergence of and inadequate response to the global ecological crisis, patterns of over consuming, our own feelings and defenses including the theories of dissociation, self-states, and loss; and consider ways to work with climate change in clinical practice  (2) we will explore the connection between environmental exploitation and the economic priorities of carbon based capitalism and white western culture, including racism/colonialism and impact on people of color and  (3) we will discuss ecological awareness and values, ways to face the challenge of climate catastrophe, build hope and resilience, and the evocation of “creative white shame”

Forgotten Classics in Psychoanalysis:The Anatomy of Prejudices 
Can prejudices be understood psychoanalytically? Are different kinds of people attracted to different kinds of prejudices? Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s insightful and original 1996 study suggests an approach that distinguishes between different types of prejudices, the people who hold them, the social and political settings that promote them, and the human needs they fulfill. This course will look at the unfortunately all-too pertinent topic of ethnocentrism, homophobia and white supremacy through Young-Bruehl’s understanding of the hysterical, obsessional and narcissistic character.

Understanding and Preventing Sexual Boundary Violations in Therapy
As psychodynamic therapists, it is our job to identify and manage the intense feelings that surface when we work with our patients. Transference based treatment requires that we actively engage with negative, positive, sexualized, and eroticized transferences. Learning how to work with the transference is a large part of our training.

 Special Programs

September 14, 2019: Salman Ahktar, MD
October 26, 2019: Stephen Purcell, PhD
March 14, 2020: Julie Friend, LCSW
May 9, 2020: Anton Hart, PhD

Continuing Medical Education Disclaimer: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the 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 of the number of 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 or presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


The Center maintains a non-discriminatory policy with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital or parental status in admissions, employment and access to programs.