Welcome to the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center (PPC) is a training and educational institution affiliated with and accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association. It is one of more than 70 psychoanalytic societies and institutes worldwide. PPC offers extensive training programs and educational opportunities to mental health professionals, psychiatric residents, and members of the community. These programs are designed to further the practice of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, a form of therapy that focuses on the whole person using non-judgmental attitude, empathy, caring, and understanding in order to help the individual resolve his/her symptoms with aims in developing confidence, self-definition, and improved interpersonal relationships.
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is an accredited nonprofit educational organization that provides quality training and continuing education in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The PPC serves as a resource to the community of Pittsburgh through education, consultation, and outreach programs including the Clinic Without Walls.
The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are terrible reminders of the persistent, dehumanizing effects of systemic racism and bigotry in our country. These painful events brought needed national attention to the problems of race-based violence and racial profiling. Sadly, our nation has a long history of racial violence and discrimination that has not been adequately acknowledged and, indeed, is often denied. As psychoanalysts, we know that only when trauma can be acknowledged and truly spoken about, can a healing process begin. Research shows that when racial violence is acknowledged through fair, empathic and recognizing speech it can initiate a process of restorative justice. In concert with our colleagues at the American Psychoanalytic Association and Centers and Institutes around the country, we dedicate ourselves to becoming a more anti-racist institution. We pledge ourselves to a deeper discussion of racism and violence in order to elucidate the forces that contribute to the preservation of both. We commit ourselves to new dialogues and understandings aimed at dismantling the structures of racism in our own institutions, our communities and the country at large. We call on our leaders to express a sense of morality, fairness and commitment to equality, to publicly and explicitly denounce tragic and discriminatory acts when they occur and to commit to bringing about real, meaningful social change.
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center