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: Portland or Eugene
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.

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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.

Listening Openly
Ever since Freud’s recommendation to analytic therapists to listen with “evenly suspended attention,” analytic clinicians and writers have been working to understand and expand what this means. This series of monthly seminars will explore the concept of listening openly as suggested in Freud’s recommendation and in Bion’s “Notes on Memory and Desire” in which he eschews memory and desire. We will first discuss what Christopher Bollas and Thomas Ogden have written about these two recommendations. This will be followed by papers written focusing on the question are Bion’s later ideas (i.e., ‘without memory or desire’) of value to psychoanalysis. This discussion is introduced by Rachel Blass. And then we’ll end with papers from several different authors with their own versions of ‘listening openly.’ Throughout this seminar consideration will be given to the relationships of “being” and “knowing” in our clinical work.

The Emerging Self of the Young Child
The field of psychoanalysis is replete with theories about infancy and child development. Within the field of psychoanalysis there is a longstanding tradition of linking child development to the organization of intrapsychic structure. William James (1890) may have been the first to note: what the stream grows from is much more complex than the earth. The contemporary views of intersubjectivity and relational psychoanalysis draw upon James’ assertion by offering a pluralistic view of psychic development; namely, that development is a product of a specific and complex relational and intersubjective context.

Basing our discussion on the assumption that relationships are the fundamental organizers of human behavior and experience, this seminar will explore the complexity and continuity of child development. We will explore core assumptions about motivation, development, the nature of intersubjectivity and “the emerging self” of the child.

From Punk Rock to Millennial Burnout: In Praise of the Paranoid-Schizoid Rebellion and Other Psychoanalytic Takes on the Importance of Being Ruthless
As parents, we don’t often imagine it ideal to raise our children to act ruthlessly.  On the other hand, are we raising them to know what is worth fighting for--or rebelling against? Or, at least to be able to ask those questions on their own?

From various forms of “helicopter” or “bulldozing” parents, to being peer-ordained (and trying to sustain) "cool", to the ever-watchful eye/I of social media, parenting and social expectations can have oppressive consequences on the assertiveness and exuberance of today’s youth. Can we at least tolerate, or even provide a good foil for, youth who are becoming “good-bad” but not evil? 

This class will look at youth movements over the span of a century through various psychoanalytic and developmental perspectives to help highlight the path from ruthlessness to relatedness to relative autonomy.

Forgotten Classics in Psychoanalysis: The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men by Marion MillerIn this class, we will read Marion Milner’s collection of essays, “The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men.” Milner was a psychoanalyst, painter and pioneer of introspective journaling (writing under the pseudonym Joanna Field) and throughout her life, she was deeply interested in how to conceptualize creativity as part of the therapeutic process. This compilation of her writing includes reflections on the madness and sanity of creative and therapeutic process as well as intimate accounts of her experience with those mad and sane practitioners of psychoanalysis (Klein, Winnicott, etc.). Although she is best known from her autobiographical work (“A Life of One’s Own” and “On Not Being Able to Paint”), Milner offers, in these essays, a different type of introspective journey—the clinician’s encounter with the madness and freedom of unconscious processes.

 Special Programs

October 9-10, 2020: Jonathan Salvin, PhD, ABPP & Miki Rahmani, MA
February 2-3, 2021: Mark Solms, PhD

May 8, 2021: Jack Drescher, MD

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.