Core Seminar:  A Supervisory Think-tank

The core seminar is the primary supervisory and teaching component of the CPT in which the candidate presents process material from the community project to the core seminar group during their 90-minute weekly meeting.

The Core Seminar is a group comprised of:

  • Candidate participants
  • PINC-credentialed CPSA (Community Personal Supervising Analyst)
  • Community Consultants (from the Community Psychoanalysis Consortium)
  • Co-directors of the track

The seminar provides participants with a didactic component which enhances the development of conceptual analytic thinking through group level learning about the use of theory and technique in community settings and through comprehensive project write-ups. 

It is a “think tank” that addresses the individual candidate and the multiple systems in which they are embedded using psychoanalytic thinking on a group and individual level.

Curricular Engagement:

For all PINC Candidates, in Social-Cultural Psychoanalysis

The regular training curriculum at PINC is evolving to bring the larger world context into all psychoanalytic coursework:

All first-year candidates at PINC take the Introduction to Community Psychoanalysis Course. The course covers multiple topics and key concepts in community psychoanalysis to prepare candidates for engagement in community settings.

Psyche and Society is a series of courses at PINC required for all candidates. The series explores ways in which psychoanalysis interconnects with sociocultural theory and political context.

Throughout their training, Candidates at PINC engage in immersive group process and in learning theories of groups.

Specific for Community Psychoanalysis Track Candidates


PINC’s Introduction to Community Psychoanalysis Course is a requirement for application for CPT placement.

CPT candidates complete two CPT-approved electives before graduation. Elective topics that meet the CPT criteria include courses on race and whiteness, gender and sexuality, large group trauma, coloniality, the social unconscious, immigrant and refugee work, the carceral system, and community staff wellness.


In addition to the core seminar group supervision, candidates meet with their CPSA individual supervisors at the outset of the program, once quarterly, and additionally as needed.

Candidate dyads working together at agencies may also elect to hold conjoint meetings with supervisors to help build their co-facilitating capacities and address issues as they arise.


The community project write-up elaborates psychoanalytic processes observed throughout the project. It hones the candidate’s clinical writing skills and demonstrates their thinking about unconscious processes in groups and institutions.

Theory Lab

Open to all members of the CPT&C, the Theory Lab is a group of psychoanalysts, candidates, and community representatives who meet quarterly to engage in intellectual discourse and dialogue, comprehensively exploring the question: what is community psychoanalysis?

Members engage in a process of deconstructing and reconfiguring the definition of psychoanalysis to further its use in a plurality of settings.

Goals of the theory lab include writing and disseminating theory to share with other institutes and agencies.

Events and Presentations

“Community Psychoanalysis Track”, presentation at PINC Town hall meeting:  January 20, 2019, San Francisco, CA.

Gonzalez, F, McClure, MM, Peltz, R, Slome, L. “PINC Community Alliance pilot project for the Community Psychoanalysis Training Track.”  Presentation at the 51st International Psychoanalysis Association Congress: July 25, 2019, London, England.

Gonzalez, F and Peltz, R. “PINC Community Psychoanalytic Track: Toward a Paradigm Change” APsaA presentation: 2020, New York, NY.

Blumenfeld, J, Geltman, E, Gonzalez, F, Lyndon, L, Peltz, R.: NYU Post-doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, presentation at March Colloquium: 2021, Zoom.

Spring Symposium. Holding it Together:  Community Psychoanalysis and 40 years of the Infant-Parent Program. Sponsored by:  Infant-Parent Program, PINC Community Psychoanalysis Track, Community Psychoanalysis Consortium, the Humanities Institute, UC Santa Cruz: May 1, 2021, Zoom.

Gonzalez, F and Peltz, R. “Community Psychoanalysis Track” Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center: October 22, 2021, Zoom.

Slome, L, Herlekar, S, Gelman, E, Lyndon, L, Blumenfeld, J, Bridging Psychoanalysis and the Community.  Zoom presentation to the members of the Contemporary Freudian Institute:  Washington DC. January 8, 2022. Zoom.

Video interview with CPT directors:



Francisco J. González & Rachael Peltz (2021) Community Psychoanalysis: Collaborative Practice as Intervention, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31:4, 409-427, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2021.1926788

Slome, L. (2021) The Core Seminar Diaries: Wild Rides, Echoing Groups, and Explorations in Humanity. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 31:428-438

Chow, L. & St. John, M. S. (2021) “A Difficulty in the Path of Psychoanalysis”: The Community Psychoanalysis Consortium and the Community Consultants. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 31:439-449

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