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

Downloadable Brochure
CE Courses

Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
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.

Click here to learn about a scholarship opportunity.

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.

Tour of the Edge
Come along for a tour of the first four chapters of Ogden’s The Primitive Edge of Experience.  We will discuss in seminar format Ogden’s chapters that formulate and re-formulate the autistic-contiguous, paranoid-schizoid, and depressive modes.  We will review and discuss his concept of dialogue between the modes of experience and explore how each mode “creates, preserves and negates the others.”  The first two course meetings will be dedicated to discussion of the readings, and the third course meeting will be adapted based on group interest to either read further on the concept of the modes and dialectic between them, apply the concepts to clinical case material, or alternatively apply them to the analysis of a work of art, or literature.

Muddy Waters: Ethics for Mental Health Professionals
This class will examine day to day ethical issues that psychotherapists face in their work with patients.  We will look at confidentiality, boundaries, technology, the frame and truthfulness.  How do we wrestle with the complexity of our work when it is, too often, much easier to see things as black and white.  Let’s explore the questions we face in our own practices and help each other find perspective in these ubiquitous dilemmas.

“The "frozen sea within us”: Psychoanalysis and Literature
In this course, we will be looking at (primarily modernist) short stories and some excerpts from longer works of fiction in relation to canonical psychoanalytic ideas and major movements in the field of critical and literary theory. Broad in scope but hopefully not shallow in content, the course will offer a look at the various ways literature has been read from psychoanalytic perspectives. The course offers an introduction not only to various approaches to thinking psychoanalytically about literature but will also explore how literature may help clinicians think about our own theories of the mind and how we conceptualize what we encounter in our clinical work.

Our Discomfort with Difference: Dialogues on Diversity in the Clinical Setting
This 2- part course will focus on the issue of diversity in the clinical setting through looking at the role of “differences” between the patient and the clinician, e.g. difference in race, culture of origin, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, age, etc.  We will read several papers that examine the idea of difference and illustrate potential treatment impasses that can develop from the denial of difference.  Our aim is to engage participants in a process of examining what we avoid thinking or talking about with our clients due to discomfort with differences, and to consider how to bridge these impasses through open thinking and dialogue.  This course is designed to meet requirements of the Oregon Board of Psychologists Examiners for four hours of Cultural Competency CE.

A Marriage of Medication and Psychotherapy: A Series of Discussions on Medications and Psychotherapy
In this course, we will review basics and updates on medications that are commonly used adjunctively with psychotherapy. We will also think together about the complexities that arise in mixed treatments, whether the clinical is the prescriber or is collaborating with a prescriber. For example, what does a patients’ experience of side effects tell you about their psychodynamics and their transference? Do prescribing and psychoanalytic psychotherapy mix? Can psychodynamics and phenomenology be integrated, or can we think of them concurrently? Is one more “important” than the other?

 Special Programs

Saturday, October 14, 2017: Bruce Fink, PhD

LOVE IS GIVING WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE: A Commentary on Lacan’s Reading of Plato’s Symposium  in Seminar VIII, Transference
What is love and what part does it play in psychoanalysis? Where are the analyst and the analysand situated in relation to the roles defined as those of the “lover” and the “beloved”? Jacques Lacan explores these and other questions in Seminar VIII, Transference (Cambridge, UK, and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015), by providing an extensive commentary on Plato's most famous dialogue on love, the Symposium. This talk will outline some of the major points about love that grow out of Lacan's reading of the dialogue and examine their relevance to the analytic setting. Can the analyst be characterized as a sort of modern-day Socrates? 

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Anton Hart, PhD, FABP

Our Difficulties With Otherness: Cultivating Curiosity in Psychoanalytic Treatment and Organizations
Too often, psychoanalysis misses the opportunity to attend to the task of penetrating the surface of otherness. This presentation will examine both the resistances to, and the necessity for, psychoanalytic engagement—and prioritization—of issues of otherness, difference and diversity. Anxieties associated with authentic, curious, exploratory dialogue about difference and diversity are identified. The presenter argues for a stance of curiosity in relation to difference and also for an emphasis on the noticing and learning from those moments where diversity-related communication seems to break down. Attention to such breakdowns is portrayed as crucial to facilitating forms of dialogue that can lead to more diverse—and diversely applied—psychoanalysis.

Saturday, January 27, 2018: Adrienne Harris, PhD

The Ambulant Cemetery: Secret Projects of Repair
This lecture will address the presence and function of damaged internal objects, ghosts of various forms and kinds, that find their way into analytic work. Drawing from the work of Henri Rey and the work on intergenerational transmission of trauma (Faimberg, Apprey, Grand and Salberg and others) I will discuss the often secret and also often unconscious project in analysis where the patient arrives not to change themselves but to repair someone else. Extended clinical examples are also presented.

 Saturday, March 10, 2018: Christopher Bollas, PhD

The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown
This four hour workshop will discuss Christopher Bollas’ book Catch Them Before They Fall: The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown (Routledge, 2009).  All conference participants are asked to have read this book prior to attending.

Bollas will discuss the history of why and how he came to offer extended psychoanalytical sessions to people in either full analysis (four to five times a week) or in psychoanalytical psychotherapy.  He will discuss those clinical indications of when a non psychotic patient is having a breakdown, how it offers the possibility of a transformative breakthrough in their treatment, and what the clinician must do to stay ahead of the patient’s regression in the analysis. After a short break the conference will then consist of an open discussion with the group in which it is anticipated that those attending will ask a range of questions from quite practical details to questions ranging over theory.

Saturday, April 28, 2018: Lawrence Brown, PhD

“Bion’s Theory of Transformations and its Clinical Application.”
Bion’s book, Transformations, is seen as enigmatic, difficult to understand and is the most challenging of all his works.  Participants in this program will have the opportunity to read a paper by Dr. Brown in advance of the program that reviews and contextualizes Bion’s Transformations.  The program will begin with a synopsis of Transformations by Dr. Brown with an emphasis on the clinical applications of these ideas, which will be followed by a general discussion.  Dr. Brown will also present a clinically oriented paper, “Three Unconscious Pathways to Representing the Analyst’s Experience: Reverie, Countertransference and Joke-Work,” that will illustrate some of the clinical relevance of Bion’s book.  Following the paper presentation, there will be a Discussant and a general conversation with the audience.       


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 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.