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 Lindsey Stevens ([email protected]) if you would like to attend a CE course via distance learning.

Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Portland Corvallis
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.

Fundamentals of Child Psychotherapy
We look forward to thinking together about psychodynamic child psychotherapy. Child treatment is a fascinating mixture of transference and family dynamics, play and symbolism, meeting with parents, and dealing with your own reactions to the child and their context. We’ll begin each class with some opening comments to provide a context, orienting us to the readings and then deepen our understandings of the central concepts through discussing your reactions, questions and linking the theory with the actual clinical encounters from your practices.

Does the Phoenix Rise from Eros? Psychodynamic Perspectives on Resiliency, Recovery, and Development of Self Against the Odds
What helps human beings thrive?  Psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are often maligned as treatments for the “worried well” but nothing can be further from the truth.  Clinicians have always been curious about those healing factors pertinent to our practice and humbled by narratives of individuals who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to have a high quality of life.  Pairing a contemporary paper from different psychodynamic traditions with one of her own (2 on women artists; 2 on eating disorders), the instructor hopes to establish a dialogue about factors deemed essential for personal growth while considering how current interdisciplinary studies continually enrich, sustain, and challenge our clinical thinking.

Invisible Bias, Persistent Trauma: Anti-Semitism and Psychotherapy Today
This class will provide an overview of anti-Semitism and its impact on how we practice psychotherapy today. We will consider the invisible biases and persistent traumas of anti-Semitism from four perspectives: 1) Cultural influences on Freud’s Jewish identity and related theorizing; 2) Principles of Otherness in society and the unconscious; 3) Legacies of the Shoah; 4) Approaches to the Other as exemplified in Israeli-Palestinian and Jewish-Palestinian therapeutic relationships. Readings have been selected to expand awareness of how anti-Semitism shapes the construction of Western culture, individual subjectivity, and our therapeutic assumptions. Discussion of personal and professional experience will be encouraged.

Lost Classics in Psychoanalysis: Karen Horney
This is the first in a series of classes devoted to works that are not traditionally taught in psychoanalytic training programs but have, for whatever reason, been forgotten, neglected or overlooked. In this class, we will read two books by Karen Horney—Our Inner Conflicts and The Neurotic Personality of Our Time. We will read as much as we can of these books aloud in class so there will be very little homework outside of class. This style is meant to create a shared experience for the class to associate, comment and discuss the author's ideas as we all hear them in the moment. 

The Oppressive Super Ego
In this course, we will be examining and exploring psychodynamics of internal critical judgments and other forms of self-attack that are often painfully manifest in the lives of our patients. These various forms of superego often undermine the healing and transformation that are made possible through the therapeutic process.

Psychoanalytic Character Diagnosis
This course is an introduction to the diagnostic method set forth in Nancy McWilliams’s textbook, Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. This is a practical and flexible approach to diagnosing in a clinical setting.  Over the past two years, I have been consulting weekly by telephone with Dr. McWilliams. I have discussed several of my long-term cases with her and am excited to share some of her insights about using diagnostic formulation in your psychoanalytic work.

Potential Space Between Lacan and Winnicott
This class will explore the ways in which Winnicott’s maternal-focused theories of “holding,” “good enough mothering” and “True Self” expression can complement Lacan’s paternal-focused theories emphasizing language, signification, and the subject of speech.   While both authors are well known for their own unique, idiosyncratic, and sometimes seemingly intentionally obscure  language and writing style, this class will attempt to discover how both address all things “quite human.” 

 Special Programs

September 29, 2018: Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., MPA
Race as an Adaptive Challenge: Working with Diversity in the Clinical Setting

Psychoanalytic clinicians have steadily expanded their focus to include diversity and inclusion as matters of priority in both the consulting room and for psychoanalytic teaching and training. This attention has spawned a broad range of relevant reflections, ranging from the role of historical racial trauma to a renewed interest in public mental health. Some institutes are experimenting with options to recognize the work that analytic clinicians do in the community and count those endeavors towards training hours. Outside of psychoanalysis, diversity and inclusion have now expanded to address the important role of “belonging.” New research outside of psychoanalysis explores the critical role of implicit bias in systemic practices that affect recruitment, hiring, and promotion. Thus, the skillset to work with diversity in the clinical consulting room includes not only our abilities to understand the intrapsychic and intersubjective milieu, but also to attend productively to organizational and large-system dynamics, especially those that shape the patient and analyst’s actions, and which may not be fully accounted for by psychoanalytic concepts of counter-transference.

October 13, 2018: Professor Rachel Blass
What makes analytic work “Kleinian”? Reflections in light of the contemporary expansion of the term

Together with the growing popularity of what is referred to as contemporary or post-Kleinian psychoanalysis it may be seen that the term “Kleinian” has come to refer to a very broad and diverse set of approaches—some even diametrically opposed to each other. This highlights the question of what essentially makes analytic work “Kleinian”. In this lecture I will present my perspective on this controversial question and will argue for the importance of addressing it. At the heart of this perspective lies a certain view of the analytic task based on an approach to the nature of truth and its curative potential, which Klein shares with Freud but develops both conceptually and clinically. It stands opposed to many contemporary formulations of truth as intersubjective and co-constructed. This lecture will examine these developments, shedding new light on Kleinian concepts (e.g., phantasy and the death instinct) and placing a special emphasis on their implications for the specifics of analytic practice.  

March 2, 2019: Lynne Layton, PhD
Enacting Identity: Normative Unconscious Processes in Clinic and Culture

Beginning with Fromm's assertion of a "social unconscious" and vignettes from the 50s and 60s that illustrate how clinical interpretations can contribute to reproducing a sexist status quo, the presentation demonstrates how unconscious psychosocial processes permeate identity formation and clinical work. Examples of racist, sexist, and classist enactments in the clinic demonstrate the workings of normative unconscious processes that sustain cultural and power inequalities. Such enactments are not considered "mistakes," but rather demonstrate the way identities of both patients and therapists are formed by cultural demands to split off and project ways of being human deemed not "proper" to occupying their given social position. The talk concludes with thoughts about contemporary social forces that contribute to white middle-class subject formation and white middle-class symptoms, focusing again on unconscious collusions that stem from both culture and clinic. 

May 4, 2019: Jeffrey Eaton, MD
An Open Gate for Analytic Listening

The psychoanalyst W.R. Bion emphasized the need to construct models to aid reflection on the complexity of analytic interaction. Inspired by his example, this program explores elements of a “listening grid” that an analyst might use to help reflect upon the “data” of a session. Eaton will present three short lectures aimed at stimulating discussion on the complexity of the listening process. These lectures will be titled “Gathering the Data of a Session”; “The Self and its Circumstances”; and “Listening as an Open Gate”.  Each lecture offers a window into the task of observing and describing an analytic process as well as wrestling with challenging questions about what an analyst selects to bring to a patient’s attention as a session unfolds. Rooted in the work of Klein, Bion, Meltzer and contemporary writers like Ogden, Grotstein, and Ferro, the program will focus on an evolving working model to create a space for thinking together about forms of analytic listening.

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.