Evolution of Psychoanalytic Theory I & II
Instructor: Peter Kaufmann, PhD

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Process I
Instructors: Rose Kavo, PhD, LCSW

This course is intended to support first year candidates as they embark on the long and complicated exploration of what it means to become a working psychoanalyst. We will discuss psychoanalytic process from both a practical and theoretical perspective, attempting to arrive at an understanding of the dynamics that arise within the context of a psychoanalytic treatment. We will tackle the question of what makes psychoanalytic therapy different from other therapies, keeping our focus on how the psychoanalytic conversation advances growth.

Our curriculum will be based in part on readings that identify the basic concepts of psychoanalytic theory and technique. We will address matters as varied as setting fees to those that deal with the analysts' disclosures, integrating those many technical matters with multiple theoretical perspectives. However, our curriculum will mainly be driven by the needs of the group as each member faces the clinical challenges of the moment. We shall therefore discuss process recordings in great depth and use our knowledge of theory to assist us in formulating fresh understandings of actual cases.

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Process II
Instructors:  Cynthia Medalie, LCSW

This course is designed to help you continue to develop your clinical work through applying theoretical concepts as they relate to technique. We will explore the different paradigm shifts that have taken place over time and how these shifts have impacted our thinking about transference / countertransference, resistance, and the role of interpretation. In addition, we will focus on the question of what happens in the interaction between analyst and patient that produces change.

Diversity & Otherness
Orna Guralnik, PsyD

Development I
James Stoeri, PhD

Group Experience 
Instructor: Marc Sholes, LCSW


These courses provide practical skills needed by the independent practitioner.
Each mini-course meets for four 90 minute sessions.

Ethical & Legal Issues in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Instructors: Merrill Schneiderman, LCSW & Sandra Singer, JD, LMSW

The primary educational goal of this mini-course is to help candidates practice in a prudent way. The course offers tools and practice techniques that may be helpful in improving the skills of the psychotherapist as well as being useful in reducing and managing the psychotherapists' malpractice risks. Candidates will understand the laws, ethical standards, and regulations under which they practice,and learn: the definition of malpractice and how to avoid unethical and illegal behavior,how to assess dangerous behaviors (suicide and homicide) in their patients, and requirements of documentation.

Substance Abuse
Instructor: Stewart Crane, LCSW

The goal of this mini-course is to provide persons working in a psychoanalytic training institute with knowledge and skills essential to identify persons with psychoactive substance abuse disorders, engaging them in psychotherapy (if indicated), making referrals (where necessary), and providing on-going treatment.

Medical Aspects of Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Brian Sands, MD

The goal of this mini-course is to teach non-medical psychotherapists how to identify symptoms in patients that might be alleviated by psychotropic medications, to identify medical conditions that might present with psychiatric symptoms, and to learn about the various psychotropic medications now available. The relationship between the non-medical psychotherapist and the consulting psychiatrist is also covered in this course. Candidates will learn to identify which patients could benefit from a medication consultation with a psychiatrist, and will be introduced to the different medications available, learn to be alert to medical conditions they might encounter in order to make appropriate referrals for medical intervention, and how to best utilize psychiatric consultations for their patients.

The primary educational goal of this mini-course is to help candidates practice in a prudent way. The course offers tools and practice techniques that may be helpful in improving the skills of the psychotherapist as well as being useful in reducing and managing the psychotherapists' malpractice risks. Candidates will understand the laws, ethical standards, and regulations under which they practice,and learn: the definition of malpractice and how to avoid unethical and illegal behavior,how to assess dangerous behaviors (suicide and homicide) in their patients, and requirements of documentation.

Development II
Patricia Ticineto Clough, PhD

Transference/Countertransference I
Instructors: Chuck Finlon, LCSW
Chanda Griffin, LCSW

This course examines the clinical implications of transference/countertransference phenomena. Drawing heavily on candidates' clinical material and the assigned course readings, we shall explore the comparative theory, history, and evolution of transference/countertransference phenomena. We begin with the classical one-person model where transference was seen as a projection-- a displacement onto the blank screen of the analyst, and interpretation/insight were seen as the important agents of therapeutic change. We will then explore the Kleinian, object relational, self psychology, and interpersonal models where transference eventually evolves into a more co-constructed, contextual, organizational two-person process with the analyst evolving from object to subject. The relational experience is added to interpretation/insight as a major therapeutic agent of change as analysts' influence and participation are deemed more important. We shall end with a discussion of some of the current transference/countertransference clinical controversies which include self-disclosure and erotic countertransference.

Transference/Countertransference II
Instructors: Janine de Peyer

Contemporary theories of transference and countertransference emphasize becoming aware of and making sense of unconscious relational dynamics as they occur within the analytic dyad. While our asymmetric focus is always on the inner world of the patient, as opposed to a system of "mutual analysis," unconscious aspects of the analyst's inner world and its impact on the patient has increasingly become an important area for potential therapeutic action – the most well-studied examples of this being the role of impasse and enactment in analytic therapy. The various theoretical schools continue to delineate theoretical differences among them, and these differences, according to our own theoretical alignments, will influence how we understand and make use of transference-countertransference material.

The readings for this course represent current perspectives on transference and countertransference from various theoretical schools. Each student will be asked in the first class to select one of the papers from each week and present clinical material to the class which links thematically to the reading they choose. Select experiential exercises will be interspersed among readings to illustrate transference/countertransference dynamics.

An important learning goal for this class will be to identify the differences we recognize from the readings we use, and consider the various implications of these theories in terms of clinical technique.

Object Relations I
Instructor: Karen Perlman, PhD, LP

This course explores the contributions of Melanie Klein, W.R.D. Fairbairn, and D.W. Winnicott in the development of British Object Relations Theory. We will study and contextualize their work in the history of psychoanalytic thought, focusing on the ways each of these writers relate to, extend, and depart from Freud's drive model. We will consider the ongoing dialectic of ideas with particular focus on models of mind and theories of development, motivation, and therapeutic action. Candidates will read original materials and contemporary syntheses and interpretations.

Freud I (1885-1920) & Freud II (1920-1938)
Instructor: David Brand

In these two seminars, we systematically read the major works of Sigmund Freud, beginning with Studies on Hysteria (1892) and ending with Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety (1926). We focus on both theory papers and his case studies, tracing the evolution of his thinking from his "pre-psychoanalytic" work, through his early discovery of the unconscious and the instinctual drives, through his papers on technique, his formulation of narcissism and the many implications of that, on to his articulation of the concept of the superego and the structural model and the beginnings of ego psychology. While approaching each work in its own right, we explore how each new concept relates to the work that preceded it and the work that later grew out of it. Critical to these seminars is the notion that contemporary relational psychoanalysis has its roots in Freud's writings, and the close study of what Freud seemed to get right that remains the foundation of psychoanalytic thinking, as well as where his thinking was misguided and where contemporary models attempt to offer corrections.

Interpersonal Theory I
Instructor: Alan Slomowitz, PhD

This is the first of a two course sequence in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. The objective of these courses is to foster awareness and appreciation of the clinical and theoretical foundations of Interpersonalism, and to promote critical engagement with its traditions. The first course will focus on historical evolution and the second will consider the contributions of Interpersonal and Interpersonally influenced analysts to contemporary psychoanalytic discourse.

In this first course our texts will include contributions of four pioneers of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis: Sandor Ferenczi, Harry Stack Sullivan, Clara Thompson, and Erich Fromm. Readings of primary sources will be supplemented by papers written by second and third generation authors who critically consider and extend the ideas of their forebears. Our study of these writers will involve us in our unique version of participant observation. In so doing we will make our unique contribution to the evolving conceptualization of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis.

We will relate our study of theory and therapy process to the clinical work we do by considering the complexities of our participation with our patients. Opportunities will be afforded to present our clinical work, and clinical selves, in class.

Dreams I
Instructor: Mary Ellen McMahon, LCSW

The purpose of this course is twofold: to acquaint the candidate with seminal psychoanalytic readings on Dream Theory and Practice, and to enhance the beginning analyst's ability to work more comfortably with their patients' dreams. We will read about 10 articles , beginning with Freud and Jung and then moving on through the 20th century,(Fromm,Tauber, Greenson, Bonime, Fosshage, etc.), to trace the evolution of dream theory. The emphasis is always on how theory informs how to work with our patients' dreams.

Toward this end ,we also require each class member to bring in one of their patient's dreams. The class is helped to "play in the field of the unconscious" by projecting onto the dream anything that comes to their mind about it - metaphors, symbols, relational patterns, feelings, personal associations, etc. The candidate learns that they are not the "interpreter" of the dream, and that indeed the patient created the dream and therefore is the one who "knows" the dream meaning, purpose, wish, etc. We are guides in helping them to unfold it given their current life context.

Ego Psychology
Instructor: Lisa Bialkin

This course familiarizes candidates with the major contributors to ego psychology and contextualizes it within the broader history of psychoanalysis. Heinz Hartmann, Ernst Kris, and Rudolf Lowenstein, the founders, were all emigres from the spread of Nazism across western Europe. Together they endeavored to fashion a new form of psychoanalysis more concerned with normal development. By introducing the autonomous ego, the conflict-free ego sphere, and drive neutralization they sought to de-emphasize the role of conflict as the sole driving force in human development. Though Hartmann himself wrote little concerning clinical theory, Rene Spitz, Anna Freud, and Margaret Mahler extended clinical theory by extrapolating from direct observation and clinical accounts of infant and early childhood treatments which reached beyond the prevailing oedipal conflict pathology into the pre-oedipal era of development. Whether or not Hartmann's project was successful in laying the foundation for progressive expansions of theory and practice is one of the questions that the course engages from our contemporary vantage point. Though this Americanized version of psychoanalysis dominated the field from roughly 1940 to 1970 it cannot be considered a solely positive influence as evidenced by its virtual overnight disappearance. We will look at the political, social, and professional forces that led to its demise.

Contemporary Freudian Perspectives
Gerard Perna, LCSW

This course will explore the origins and the evolution of the Contemporary Freudian psychoanalytic approach. The Contemporary Freudians formulated their approach by extending the traditional Freudian theoretical and technical principles, and by simultaneously integrating the core concepts from the writings of object relationists, self psychologists, and ego psychologists. Seminal readings from Loewald, Busch, Katz, Bass, Freedman, Ellman, and Bollas will allow the participants to examine, compare, and contrast the fundamentally important analytic concepts of ego and object relationships, transference, countertransference, and enactment through intersubjective and the intrapsychic dimensions. The theoretical aspects of the class discussions will be enriched by clinical material to demonstrate the formulation of clinical applications from this contemporary perspective.

Object Relations II
Instructor: Rachel Sopher, LCSW

This course is a continuation of Object Relations Theory I. All readings will be based on modern interpretations of the work of Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott, and others from the British school. We will begin with classic neo-Kleinian texts and continue with more contemporary writers whose work primarily spans the period between the late 1960s and today. Efforts will be made to demonstrate the contribution of both classic and, especially, contemporary British object relations theory to relational psychoanalysis and their integration.

Psychoanalytic Developmental Theory I
Instructor: Gloria Demby, LCSW

The primary focus of this course will be on the impact of infant and attachment research on psychoanalytic theory and practice. Research shows that parent and infant exist within a mutually contingent and coordinated relationship. Self and interactive regulation are seen as inseparable components in a mutual regulatory system. This view of the parent-infant dyad dovetails with a contemporary relational psychoanalytic model. Readings will cover major contributors to the field of infant and attachment research as well as theoreticians who have been particularly cognizant of the dyadic nature of psychoanalysis. Additionally, we will review and discuss the importance of the implicit/nonverbal/embodied realm as an integral part of infant research and psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalytic Developmental Theory II
Instructor: Gloria Demby, LCSW

Psychoanalytic Development Part II will focus on developmental themes salient in psychoanalytically informed work. Developmental understanding is rooted in observation, and a central goal of this course will be to enlarge students' capacities to observe. Developmental themes considered include intersubjectivity as the primary process of relating, primitive mental states and early defenses, gender as a biopsychosocial construct, the emergence of language and symbolization, and adolescence.

Interpersonal Psychoanalysis II/Interpersonal Theory II
Instructor: Eric Mendelsohn, PhD

This course will explore how contemporary analytic writers have developed the interpersonal theoretical and clinical concepts first articulated by the pioneers studied in Part I. In addition to studying those analysts who explicitly identify themselves as interpersonal, we will read analysts working in the constructivist and relational schools whose work is strongly influenced by the Interpersonal tradition. We will focus on how contemporary interpersonalists think about the clinical situation, emphasizing the coparticipatory and egalitarian dimensions of analytic work. We will discuss our work with patients to bring these ideas to immediate life.

Gender and Sexuality
Instructor: Deborah Sherman

This course will focus on a comparison of classical and contemporary writings on gender and sexuality, emphasizing the clinical use of our understanding of multiple psychoanalytic perspectives. We will cover the field from Freud and his followers/critics to contemporary relational thinkers such as Harris, Benjamin, Stein, Corbett, Davis, Aron and others. Students will have a chance to familiarize themselves with debates about the Oedipus complex, masculinity and femininity, penis envy, domination, female sexuality, perversion and their relevant clinical applications. We will address current thinking about attachment, regulation and intersubjectivity and demonstrate how to frame issues now associated with infancy research and gender development in a way that opens up greater access to sexual material. A special focus will be given to working with sexual material and with the analyst's sexuality.

Self Psychology I & II
Instructor: Alan Dolber, PhD

This course is presented in two trimesters. The first trimester will focus on the historical, theoretical, and clinical aspects of self psychology as formulated by Heinz Kohut and updated by contemporary theorists.

With an emerging focus on the relational matrix in various schools of psychoanalysis, the second trimester will explore how contemporary self psychology fits into the relational, intersubjective, and co-constructive world of psychoanalysis. At the center of the second trimester, the convergences and differences between the different relational theories and contemporary self psychology will be discussed.

Relational Theory I/Relational Psychoanalysis I
Instructor: Eric Sherman, LCSW

This course will introduce the major early relational psychoanalytic theorists, whose seminal work is based on a model emphasizing the essentially social and interactive nature of the individual, originally synthesized from object relations theory, self psychology, and interpersonal psychoanalysis. This group of theorists includes Lewis Aron, Jessica Benjamin, Phillip Bromberg, Jay Greenberg, Irwin Z. Hoffman, Jodie Davies and Steven A. Mitchell. The focus of discourse will be on the psychoanalytic reformulations that follow from a belief in the fundamentally social and interactive nature of the individual, including social constructivism and perspectivism. We will examine the relational concepts of enactments, mutuality, intersubjectivity, dissociation and the analyst's use of self.

Relational Theory II: Contemporary Perspectives
Instructor: Pamela Raab, LCSW

This course focuses on the clinical implications of relational theory. Concepts are studied that view human motivation as evolving from a social and interactive field and how this has changed analytic work with patients. Theories and notions of the unconscious, self-states, therapeutic action, self-disclosure, enactments, improvisation, relational modes, racism, class, culture, and intimacy are discussed in the context of readings and clinical examples.

Regulation Theory: Integrating Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, & Attachment/Regulation Theory: The Clinical Model
Instructor: Daniel Hill, PhD

Regulation theory provides a clinical model for relational psychotherapy: a theory of bodymind, of optimal development, of pathological development, and of treatment. Students will learn how to think about self-states as regulated-integrated vs dysregulated-dissociated, about the neurobiology of secure and insecure attachment, about relational trauma and its sequelae, and about interactive regulation and vitalizing attunement as essential processes in the treatment of personality disorders and other disorders of affect regulation.

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Diversity
Anton Hart, PhD

This course aims to address issues of racial, ethnic and other diversities in the psychoanalytic situation, approaching them from a perspective that stands in contrast to current, popular approaches emphasizing the acquisition of “multicultural competence.” The course will examine the central roles of curiosity and openness, and also their obstacles, in considering how difference between self and other in the treatment process may be engaged and transcended.

Intersubjectivity/Contemporary Perspectives in Intersubjectivity Theory
Instructor: Carol Martino, LCSW

This course will focus on the origins and development of psychoanalytic theories of intersubjectivity: intersubjectivity as a field or systems theory, forms of intersubjective relatedness, and the intersubjective view of thirdness. We will be discussing intersubjectivity as a dynamic field or system co-created by the mutually reciprocal influence of both patient and analyst in the treatment setting. Our study will include focus on the concepts of conjunctive and disjunctive subjectivities in the analytic interaction and its clinical utility through the use of clinical vignettes. We will explore expanded and differing conceptualizations of mutual regulation, mutual recognition, and mutual influence and its impact as they are understood within the developmental model of intersubjective relatedness and the emergence of the analytic third. Theoretical and clinical aspects will be considered through the writings of theorists such as Aron, Baranger, M. and Baranger, W., Benjamin, Ehrenberg, Ferro, Mitchell, Ogden, Orange, Stolorow et al.

Instructor: Jill Choder-Goldman, LCSW

In this course, we will focus both didactically and experientially on the working through of issues associated with the concept of termination. The class will function as a group experience, working with their feelings about leaving NIP and the coming to an end of their analytic training as a lived model for studying the termination process in psychotherapy. The relationship between termination in therapy and other separations and endings, including leaving the institute and the termination of your class will be explored.

Readings will present some historical as well as contemporary theory on the termination process in psychoanalysis. However, the thrust of this class is experiential and candidates are encouraged to share with the group their experiences of terminations with their patients and to explore their own feelings about saying goodbye to each other, the Institute, and perhaps other important people in their lives.

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory & Psychoanalytic Technique I & II
Instructor: Jim Fosshage, PhD

The aim of the course is to consider a variety of important and galvanizing current topics concerning contemporary relational psychoanalysts, including relational interpersonalists, relational self psychologists, the American Relational authors, intersubjectivists, relational object relationists, and neo-Kleinians. The course is comparative and its purpose is to clarify and define major theoretical concepts, developmental issues, theories of therapeutic action, and clinical guidelines for facilitating therapeutic change. The goal is to understand and assess theoretical and clinical convergences and divergences and, most importantly, to facilitate a candidate's articulation of his/her own emergent theories and clinical guidelines and to further consolidation and refinement of his/her clinical work.

Master Class
Instructor: Barbra Locker, PhD, ABPP


In both the third and fourth years, each class has the opportunity to select one elective course.
For this elective, the class gets to select both the topic of the course and the instructor for the course.
The elective in the fourth year incorporates integrating psychoanalysis with other modalities.

2014.2015 Electives

3rd Year

The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst
Instructor: Robert Grossmark, PhD

4th Year

Shame in the Analytic Encounter
Instructor: Rachel Sopher, LCSW

Other Elective Options

Recent electives have also included:

  • Jung with instructor Margaret Klenck, LPA

  • Shame with instructor Susan Obrecht, LCSW

  • Neo-Kleinians with instructor Neil Skolnick, PhD

  • Dissociation with instructor Sheldon Itzkowitz, PhD, ABPP

  • Character Style & Treatment with instructor Marie Helene Charlap, LCSW

  • Couples Therapy – this couse has been selected multiple years, and instructors have included Richard Fulmer, PhD; Harriet Pappenheim, LCSW; and Lucy Slurzburg

  • Regulation Theory: Integrating Psychoanalysis, Attachment & Neuroscience with instructor Dan Hill, PhD

  • Integrating Psychoanalytic Techniques with Other Modalities – this course has been selected multiple years, and instructors have included Sandra Shapiro, PhD; Fran LaBarre, PhD; and Graham Bass, MA, APRN, LP

  • Treating the Difficult Patient with instructor Marc Sholes, LCSW

  • Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory

Other elective possibilities include:

  • Contemporary Kleinian Psychoanalysis

  • Ferenczi

  • Trauma Treatment

  • Fatherhood

  • Group Therapy

  • Eating Disorders/Addictions

  • Sociocultural Influences on Psychoanalysis

  • Freud's Case Histories

  • Erotic Transference/Countertransference

  • Mind/Body Integration

  • Other topics selected by your class