Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program is based on the premise that a psychodynamic stance characterized by analytic listening, dynamic understanding and emotional presence, is essential for the creation of a successful therapeutic relationship. Such a relationship enables the emergence of a patient’s deeper understanding of themselves, and an increased capacity for agency, intimacy and joy.

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program is comprised of a Foundation Year, and a Two-Year Intensive Program for those who choose to continue. The Foundation curriculum provides a framework for developing students’ ability to apply psychoanalytic principles and to use techniques derived from those principles to enhance the therapeutic process. This will include assessing the needs and strengths of patients, understanding the inner world of the patient, and deepening and using the therapeutic relationship, and courses on all of the major theoretical approaches.  Students may continue in a two-year intensive course of study, which extends skills developed in the core program, and includes courses on development across the life span, gender and sexuality, and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to therapeutic work. Courses on technique include working with resistance, transference, countertransference, dreams, enactments and deepening the therapeutic process. Advanced topics include separate courses on neurotic, psychotic, and borderline character organization as well as courses on narcissism, trauma , substance abuse, and eating disorders.  Class work is integrated with on-going supervision and personal therapy in the Intensive Program. Students are also encouraged to attend on-going Assessment seminars at the Center as well as guest lectures.

Psychotherapy students also receive benefits as part of their involvement in the training program. Student benefits include:

  • Inclusion in Find A Therapist online search portal
  • Opportunity for referrals from Consultation and Referral Service
  • Personal PEP Web access
  • CE/CME credits from PCOP-sponsored activities at no additional cost
  • Basic Benefits

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