Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the week-long annual Conference in March as well as the Introduction to Control Mastery day intensive course. At that time they may introduce themselves to those involved in the Clinic and Training Center. Students are never turned away from workshops for lack of funds.
Our goal is to help students gain skill and sophistication in working in a variety of treatment modalities and with a variety of techniques, determined by client-focused and case-specific assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy process, and outcome research based on Control Mastery Theory.
Our mission is to create a center for the training of psychology interns in psychotherapy, in organizational development, in research on psychotherapy and related topics.
The Presidio Psychotherapy Center (PPC) seeks to train students from all disciplines including psychology interns, MFT’s, MSW’s, and psychological assistants. In general we will not accept students until after they have passed their comprehensive exams. On rare occasions, for extremely well qualified students who advance our organizational agenda, and who have previously worked in the field for five or more years, we will consider allowing them to enter as a pre-masters student.
We encourage applicants who advance our organizational agenda with respect to diversity and inclusion. In particular we look for students who demonstrate:
Strong interest in and previous exposure/experience with Control Mastery Theory
Interest in researching or teaching Control Mastery Theory
The ability to provide services to underrepresented populations through familiarity with different cultures, language skills, or life experiences that will inform their work
Documented experience working with underrepresented populations such as: domestic minorities, immigrant populations, physically or cognitively disabled patients, alternative sexual or gender orientations, or other non-mainstream groups
The interns and post-doctorate students at the Presidio Psychotherapy Center (PPC) will be expected to attain the ability to execute the following objectives:
Assess and diagnose clients with a range of psychopathologies
Develop case formulations, based on Control Mastery Theory as the foundation of the psychological component of the formulation, using an awareness of biopsychosocial models
Develop case-specific treatment plans with the psychological component based on Control Mastery Theory formulations, while, at the same time, integrating techniques from other perspectives as appropriate
Analyze and describe the psychotherapy process in specific cases
Conceptualize a variety of modalities from a Control Mastery perspective, including individual, group, couple and family treatments
Work with patients suffering from biologically-based disorders, providing psychological treatment derived from a Control Mastery perspective, while working collaboratively with psychiatrists who provide appropriate psychopharmacological interventions
Participate in ongoing psychotherapy process and outcome research
Form positive and collaborative therapeutic relationships with patients from multiple socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds with a variety of diagnoses
Integrate the literature of psychological science and clinical work
Develop lifelong learning skills as demonstrated by continuing attention to clinical literature
Be self-reflective and to engage in an ongoing process of assessment of one’s own skills and development
Work collaboratively with colleagues
Work well with supervisors and to seek additional consultation when needed
Develop supervisory skills
Develop skills as educators and trainers
The training program runs from September to August. It has been created primarily as a two-year half-time training program (20-24 hours/week). Applicants to the postdoctoral program must have completed all professional doctoral degree requirements and a pre-doctoral fellowship meeting APPIC or CAPIC standards. A certificate of completion is granted upon fulfillment of the program requirements. Documented due process procedures are given to trainees at the beginning of the training period.
The training program offers components in adult, adolescent, child, family, group and couple therapy. Seminars are progressive throughout the two-year period and are designed to facilitate the building of clinical thinking and skills. Trainees will see 10-12 patients per week in the first year and up to 14 in the second, and can co-lead a group. An outcome research project is underway and all fellows participate in collecting data. Interns/fellows are welcome to design and implement their own projects or participate in on going research.
All students are required to attend weekly administrative and didactic training meetings. The clinic staff facilitates these meetings. Students are also expected to attend one of several general case conferences or a research case conference. All students are required to participate in research and at least one hour/week of professional development work on a San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG) Board Committee. Committee activities cover such areas as education, marketing and community outreach. Please see below for a summary of a typical week.
All interns and fellows are welcomed to attend all other classes offered by SFPRG free of charge.
Summary of a typical week as a intern/fellow at PPC :
12-14 hours of patient contact
1 hour of psychotherapy research
2 hours of face-to-face supervision with a licensed psychologist, MD or MFT
1 hour of group supervision led by a licensed psychologist, MD or MFT
1 hour of administrative meeting
2 hours of case conference, which is led by a licensed professional
2 hours of didactic training, which is led by a licensed professional
2 paperwork hours writing case notes to be reviewed by supervisor
For a total of up 24 hours, which can be counted toward licensure (22 for post docs)
Year One of the training program
In the initial year we try to expose fellows to as many teachers and theoretical topics as possible. The didactic portion of our program will cover:
Initiating Treatment: Initial interview and assessment, medical evaluations and the need for consultations, reporting laws, evaluation for suicide, chemical dependency and abuse issues are covered
Theoretical Issues Related to the Delivery of Services: We offer an overview of Control Mastery Theory’s basic tenets, such as (a) understanding how to create a patient’s unconscious plan and identify their pathogenic beliefs; (b) identifying testing – both passive-into-active and transference testing, and other unconscious processes; and (c) exposure to evidence based treatment techniques and their integration into Control Mastery practice
Specialized Populations: We offer an overview of child, adolescent, couples, sexual issues, gay/lesbian and transgender clients, diversity, trauma survivors, depression disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, addiction issues, and eating disorders
Professional Development: Professional conduct, ethical issues, and supervision (including a beginning supervision workshop)
Overview and history of the research program and review of the literature on outcome research
Year Two of the program
In the second year, students have increased responsibilities based their already developed skills. Their caseloads will increase and they will move from seeing individuals to include children and couples. As our approach supports the use of more frequent sessions, second-year students are encouraged to see their patients two and three times per week. They will have the opportunity to create and co-lead groups. They will also be encouraged to see patients with more complex issues. They have extended responsibility for the intake process. These responsibilities include: fielding calls from applicants for therapy and testing services, providing initial telephone assessment and screening, providing applicants who are not appropriate for services a referral to a suitable agency.
All interns/fellows involved in intake screening participate in a one-hour weekly intake conference with their fellow interns and the Training Director to receive group supervision on intake. They will have the opportunity to learn how to do supervision through the “buddy” program and our low fee consultation program to the public. They will be able to attend an advanced supervision workshop.
Additionally in year two, the didactic portion of the program will switch to provide a more in-depth experience with a few senior clinicians in each of the above-mentioned areas. These clinicians will rotate through 4- 6 trainings week sessions. In each there will be the opportunity to fine-tune their understanding of the complexity of treatment and theory. Students will be expected to read and discuss relevant articles.
Initiating Treatment: Initial interview and assessment. When do you look for outside consultation? How do you create an unconscious plan from the patients’ first few sessions? Countertransference/transference issues, neutrality and termination are covered
Theoretical issues: Review of Theory, comparison with other theoretical perspectives, the use of dreams in psychotherapy, empirically supported treatments and understanding sexual fantasies
Specialized populations: Treatment of adolescents, children and families, addiction and sexual identity and gender issues
Professional Development: Setting up a private practice, termination issues, how and when to get consultation
Presidio Psychotherapy Center (PPC)Clinical Training Schedule
The training program runs from September to August. All students are required to attend the weekly administrative didactic training meetings, and group supervision, which will be Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in San Francisco. You are also expected to at least one of the general case conferences either on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
Interim Clinical Director – Marshall Bush, PhD
Training Director – Helga Fasching, PsyD
Research Director – John Snyder PsyD
You must participate in at least one of the following Case Conferences:
Peter Schumacher, LMFT (Mondays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm)
Alan Rappoport, PhD & Norman Sohn, PhD, LCSW (Wednesdays from 9 am to 10 am)
Steve Foreman, MD (Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm)
Michael Lowenstein, MD (Fridays in the East Bay 9:30 am to 11 am)
Interns are welcome to attend all other classes offered by the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group free of charge.
Supervision Requirements (one hour per 5 clinical hours)
1hour face-to face supervision with Primary Supervisor
1hour face-to face supervision with Delegated Supervisor
1hour optional supervision
Many hours have gone into the development of this program, and we are very excited about the potential that it offers our community. Please join us!
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the weeklong March Conference as well as the Introduction to Control Mastery daylong intensive course. At that time they may introduce themselves to those involved in the PPC. Students are never turned away from workshops for lack of funds.
We accept applications for our two-year, halftime, unpaid internship program from psychology interns, MFT’s, MSW’s, and psychological assistants. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the weeklong March Conference as well as the Introduction to Control Mastery daylong intensive course. At that time candidates may introduce themselves to those involved in the Presidion Psychotherapy Center. Students are never turned away from workshops for lack of funds.
Application deadlines for the 2017- 2018 training year are listed below:
Psychology Interns: There will be only one match this year!
The application deadline is February 26, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled through March 24th, and candidates will be notified on CAPIC notification day, which is March 29, 2016. If all positions are not filled through the match, additional applicants will be considered. Please note that predoctoral interns must apply using the online CAPIC application form.
For Post-Doctoral Interns, MFTI and MSW’s:
Please send a letter of intent including your interest and exposure to Control Mastery Theory, resume and three letters of recommendation by February 26, 2017 to:
Dr. Fasching, Training Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the mail to Presidio Psychotherapy Center, 9 Funston Ave., San Francisco, CA 94129. Interviews will be conducted through mid-March 2017. Late applicants will be accepted only if space is available.