Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
401 Shady Ave
Suite B101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: (412) 661-4224
    Fax: (412) 661-2275





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Listen, Understand, Interpret, and Explore

James T. McLaughlin Training Program In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Listen, understand, interpret, and explore the in-depth psychological approaches to the complexities of the mind. This program is aimed at helping mental health practitioners deepen their work with their patients/clients. You may participate in Year One without making a commitment to the Advanced Year course.


What to Expect

PPC aims to provide rich and clinically relevant readings on theory and technique. We meet in our library with small class sizes structured somewhat like a study group. The goal is to provide a comfortable enviroment for learning and useful resources for professional growth.  A group of diverse clinicians and academics usually compise the course membership. Various professions, ages and years of experience make for an interesting mix of perspective and a more lively learning environment.



This training program is designed for participants who are trained and licensed in the fields of psychology, social work, counseling, psychiatric nursing, medicine and psychiatry. If you are not currently licensed, but are working toward licensure, you may ask for an exception. Exceptions are granted on individual basis. 


All participants are expected to participate in year one as a pre-requisite to participating in the second year of the course, unless special permission is granted based on prior psychodynamic training.


Requirement of one year working with children or families, and a Master's Degree or equivalent,  is required for the child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy course. However, special permission may be granted to those who do not yet meet this requirement based on interview with course coordinator or for WPIC and AGH residents. 



James T. McLaughlin Training Program Year 1 

Dates: Every Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

September 28, 2017 – May 10, 2018 

Cost: $1,800   Payment Plans Are Available


Number of Sessions: 30

Participants for this program would include anyone who is developing their identity as a psychotherapist and/ or would like greater knowledge of psychodynamic psychotherapy, or those who are looking to greater develop their practice.


Continuing Education Credits: 60 credits possible if all classes are attended.


Dates for 2017-2018: Thursdays from September 28, 2017 - May 10, 2018

9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10



Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training (Standard Participant)

Dates: Every Other Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

September 18, 2017 - April 16, 2018 

Cost: $900   Payment Plans Are Available 


Number of Sessions: 15

Participants for this program include those who have previously taken Year 1 of the McLaughlin program, or have knowledge of psychodynamic psychotherapy and would like to develop greater understanding.


Continuing Education Credits: 30 credits possible if all sessions are attended.


Dates for 2017-2018: 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30



Part-Time Candidate Option While Enrolled in Advanced Year: Designed for those interested in pursuing clinical or academic training in psychoanalysis

Additional interviews will be required--Use "Candidate Application" for enrollment. This will also mean a more indepth interview process. 

For those who are interested in training in psychoanalysis, but who are unable to commit to a full schedule of coursework, PPC has created this part-time option.


If  you apply and are accepted, the part-time program would stretch the regular first-year curriculum over two years. You would participate in our comprehensive Freud Course and our Advanced PDPT on Monday evenings from Sept-June. It would count as part of your curriculum as a student studying psychoanalysis. It would also  include 3 Dinner Sessions (Fridays), and Visiting Analyst Weekend.   To fully understand the course work and to heighten the experience we highly recommended your own course of psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis as well as supervision 1x a week of your clinical cases.


The supervision and psychotherapy are not included in the cost of the course and are not required in the first year.



Total number of sessions: 35 + Special Sessions and Visiting Analyst Weekend 

Cost: $2030 + $300 (Enrollment Fee)


Payment Plans Are Available 

Total Number of Possible Continuing Education Credits: 80


Standard Format of All Courses:

The programs will consist of 1 hour of didactic lecture based on assigned reading material, and 1 hour of clinical presentation, either by faculty or by participants or of vignettes with focused question and answer to underscore theory. 


Please note: Course registration fee will not be refunded. Consider whether you are able to participate prior to applying. Dates are subject to some modification but will be on the day of the week and at the time indicated.


Important Dates for 2017-2018 Applicants

Applications NOW Being Accepted. Programs will continue to take applications until full enrollment is reached.  Interviews ongoing.


Courses start in September.




Standard PDPT Application-- DO NOT Use If You Would Like To Participate in Part-Time Candidate Option (Tablet and Phone Users May Experience Formating Issues)
PDPT-1 and Advanced Application 2017-201[...]
Microsoft Word document [72.0 KB]
Candidate Application--Use If You Would Like To Participate in Part-Time Option (Tablet and Phone Users May Experience Formating Issues)
Candidates' Application .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [85.9 KB]

Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements

and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh 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 [ ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should

claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the




planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.


The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.


APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 


Social Workers, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapists: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

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