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
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.


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.

Aches, Pains, Rumbles, and Stumbles: The Therapist’s Bodily Reactions as Usable Guide in Clinical Work
The body/mind relationship is receiving considerable focus in psychodynamic clinical work in the 21st Century. Patients often speak with and about their bodies, and the clinician who pays attention to these communications and those emanating from our own body has additional access to what is transpiring within psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. This reflective process can lead to additional insight and growth of both participants in the clinical dyad. This course will allow us to speak about some of these issues openly, particularly the therapist’s somatic and/or embodied countertransference reactions and what can be learned from them. Space will be made to address the ongoing self-care needs of the clinician. We will discuss some ways to assist patients in speaking openly about their bodily feelings states and apply this to somatic disruptions such as panic disorder and trauma and, particularly, to those intensities of sensations that come alive within the consulting room of the novice to the most experienced clinician.

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Diversity (and Vice Versa)
Over the past several years, the psychoanalytic world has begun to pay much attention to the issues of diversity, racism, privilege, culture, and biases and their impact on clinical work. In this monthly seminar, readings will be selected that explore from various psychoanalytic perspectives the unconscious and conscious forces that make it difficult to achieve the kind of openness described in the quote below from Anton Hart’s paper, “Multicultural Competence to Radical Openness: A Psychoanalytic Engagement of Otherness.” Realizing that an openness to these issues can never be fully achieved, a goal for this seminar is to create an experience through the reading and discussions where our capacities for openness and recognition of the barriers to this can develop more. Discussion of clinical material of participants will be encouraged and of our challenges in recognizing and working clinically with issues of racism and diversity. A further goal is to think about how both diversity and psychoanalysis can enrich each other, even need, each other to continue to expand and grow.

 “The heart of the matter is learning how to become increasingly undefended around matters of diversity and otherness such that you can be open: open to the other person who will be, in some significant ways, most certainly different from you. A psychoanalytic sensibility suggests to us that genuine openness can only emerge in the context of an unscripted dialogue, one that involves making contact with and participating in an exchange that will, necessarily, threaten the dialogic participants’ understandings, identities and perceptions.”

Lost Classics in Psychoanalysis: The Fabric of Affect in Psychoanalytic Discourse by André Green
How do we think about the place of affect in Freudian thought and post-Freudian theory? What role does affect play in diagnosis, in the outcome of analytic therapy and what happens between analysand and analyst? Green’s extraordinary study of affect in psychoanalytic theory explores the important aspects of the affect/representation opposition, how affect is conceptualized in neurotic and psychotic structures, affect as it appears in memory traces and within Oedipal conflicts. These and other aspects of affect raise questions on a myriad of topics including how we think about affect in “psychoanalytic speech,” in its relationship to different theoretical models, as well as a crucial dimension of the analytic process as a lived experience.

Working with Parents of Child Patients
This series of five meetings is designed to meet the needs of clinicians interested in incorporating psychodynamic concepts and techniques into their clinical practice with parents of child patients. This course will have a clinical focus and will provide an opportunity for participants to hear and discuss case material.

 Special Programs

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Exploring the Complexity of Immigrant Context and Experience in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 
with Usha Tummala-Narra, PHD

Saturday, October 30, 2021
When the Analytic Third Includes a Psychedelic 
with Karen Peoples, PhD, Harvey Schwartz, PhD, Chris Stauffer, MD

Saturday, January 29, 2022
On the Afterlife of the Racial Trauma of Slavery: Limit Consent, Traumatophilia, and Degrees of Psychic Freedom
with Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD

Saturday, March 5, 2022
Understanding Male Sexual Victimization 
with Richard Gartner, 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.