The goal of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, Clinic and Training Center (SFPRGCTC) is to further the development of psychodynamic psychotherapy through teaching, research and study. The center focuses on developing Control Mastery Therapy, based on the innovative theory originated by Joseph Weiss more than 35 years ago and empirically investigated by Hal Sampson and SFPRGCTC. 

We see Control Mastery theory and technique growing and expanding as it assimilates new research findings. The name "Control Mastery" alludes to two defining aspects. "Control" refers to the concept that the person, utilizing criteria of safety and danger to decide a course of action, exercises control of unconscious mental life. "Mastery" refers to the instinctive, unconscious desire to master psychological problems that interfere with normal life goals. Weekly case conferences provide the opportunity to explore case material. In-depth classes study the theory and its application to special populations. An annual week-long workshop (46 CEUs!) in the first week of March is an intensive survey of theory, research methods and clinical concepts.

In 2002, SFPRGCTC opened a training center and low-fee clinic currently in San Francisco's Presidio. We train up to ten interns with a goal to help students gain skill and sophistication in working with a variety of techniques, determined by client-focused and case-specific assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy process, and outcome research. This one- or two-year, half-time program runs September to August. We are currently accepting applications for 2006-2007. The program spans adult, adolescent, child, family, group and couple therapy. The clinic accepts referrals for long-term therapy. Please call (415) 677-7946, ext. 1.

In the coming years we plan to sponsor research, present educational seminars and conferences, and contribute to the exciting current dialogue in the psychotherapeutic and scientific communities.

Jessica Broitman, Ph.D.
President, Executive Director 
San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group