Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (APPP)


2019-20 — APPP Schedule 2019-20

The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is pleased to offer a two-year course in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The practice of psychotherapy is a meaningful, but very demanding, occupation. Clients continually challenge our ways of thinking and practicing, which allows endless opportunities for growth, but which can also leave the practitioner feeling unsure how best to work with the people who have turned to him or her for help. In some cases the work can feel isolating.

Our two-year psychotherapy program aims to help psychotherapists:

  • listen to their clients in new ways
  • understand more of their clients’ inner worlds
  • recognize the unconscious dynamics in their clients, in themselves, and in the therapeutic relationship
  • think developmentally and holistically about the people they see
  • tolerate greater ambiguity in the midst of difficult work
  • practice in a deeper, more satisfying way with their clients
  • find greater personal satisfaction in their work.

Participants in the program come from a diverse set of work environments, including clinic, private practice, community programs, and academic settings. Whatever your background, and whether you do short- or long-term work, the APPP program will offer useful ways to think about the work you do and the people you treat.

Additionally, APPP participants meet new colleagues to share and collaborate with, and become acquainted with experienced mentors in the field.

Graduates of the program remain part of the Seattle Area’s active psychoanalytic community, which continually offers opportunities for community, and intellectual and professional growth.

Personal Psychotherapy

Whatever your background, and whether you do short- or long-term work, the APPP program will offer useful ways to think about the work you do and the people you treat.

The work of psychotherapy draws upon the inner world of the clinician. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is important for every therapist to undertake because when we better understand ourselves, we can better understand the people who come to us for help. Working in your own therapy while in post-graduate training such as APPP will increase the usefulness and pleasure you derive from the program.


Regular consultation on cases underscores and brings to life the concepts and ideas learned in the didactic courses.  Personal psychotherapy and individual case consultation are recommended while participating in the program. We offer assistance with finding therapists who are able to negotiate a reduced fee, if you would like to obtain either individual consultation or psychotherapy while in the training but are concerned about costs.


The admission process consists of an initial application and two interviews. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, preferably by the April prior to the start of classes in the fall. During the process, please be prepared to discuss your background and your clinical work.

Classes begin every second year on even years. Tuition of $2400 per year for the two-year course is payable in two $1200 installments, due two weeks before the beginning of each semester. Further information regarding the APPP Program can be obtained at or by calling SPSI at (206) 328-5315.

Relationship with the SPSI Community and the American Psychoanalytic Association

APPP students and graduates are an integral and valued part of the SPSI community.  APPP students have the use of the SPSI library, the largest psychoanalytic library in the Northwest and are provided access to PEP-Web, the vast online database of psychoanalytic journals, books, papers, and other writings receive student discounts at Institute educational events are listed in the SPSI member directory.

APPP graduates continue to be involved as members of SPSI in any number of capacities, including teaching, committee membership, study groups, participation in the various scientific programs that SPSI offers, and as students in the Adult and/or Child Psychoanalytic Training programs. APPP students and graduates who continue as Associate Members of SPSI will continue to have the benefits listed above.

APPP students and graduates are eligible for affiliation with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) through the Psychotherapist Associate Category.

Accreditation, CME credit, disclosure information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 104.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per academic year. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE).

“This program has been approved for 104.0 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.” Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.