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NIP Open House

Thursday, April 11, 2019; 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019; 1:00 - 3:30 PM

NIP Open House

National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
Conference Room
New York, NY 10107

Register Here for April 11

Register Here for April 27

Learn about our training programs in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy:

  • Four Year Adult Program

  • License Qualifying Program

  • One Year Child and Adolescent Program (4/11 only)

  • One Year Psychodynamic Program

Hear a stimulating clinical case presentation and discussion illustrating our unique approach to psychoanalytic training.  Discover how analytic thought can deepen and transform your clinical work.

Meet faculty, supervisors, current candidates, alumni, and board members in informal, small group discussions.

Learn about admissions criteria, training requirements and curricula.
Discover our inclusive community.

What is psychoanalytic training?

When you think of psychoanalysis, does it bring to mind a New Yorker cartoon of a bearded man sitting behind a couch while a patient free associates? That caricature bears almost no resemblance to today’s psychoanalysis. Contemporary psychoanalysis is a vital, interactive psychotherapy that emphasizes a collaborative relationship built on authentic expression and mutual respect. Today’s psychoanalysis is no antiquated theory but a vibrant, ever-evolving way of understanding people’s inner worlds and the complexities of human relationships. Training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis fosters deep access into the elaborate networks that make up mental life, illuminating and loosening entrenched patterns of behavior and fostering the growth of new ones, leading to profound, long-lasting change. In addition to enhancing clinical skills and expanding intellectual understanding, psychoanalytic training brings about life-altering self knowledge and psychological development in the trainee, helping him or her cultivate a unique, authentic, and actualized clinical voice.

Why Train at NIP?

Training in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy is both didactic and experiential, creating a powerful immersive experience that promotes personal and professional development. NIP’s approach to training is unique in its comprehensiveness and attention to the needs of each candidate. The psychoanalytic training program consists of classes in theory and technique; direct clinical work with patients under expert clinical supervision; and personal psychoanalysis. Our didactic courses are taught by a highly esteemed faculty who are well known in the field for their publications, presentations and leadership in professional organizations. The faculty’s expertise and the small class size foster an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and creative dialogue that contributes to an intense, scholarly, and in-depth educational experience. The extensive curriculum includes a thorough history of traditional psychoanalytic thought, from its Freudian origins up through the latest contemporary developments in neuroscience and attachment theory. NIP’s program of study foregrounds cutting edge approaches to therapeutic action, encompassing contemporary Freudian, object relational, interpersonal, and self psychological theories with a strong emphasis on contemporary relational psychoanalysis. In addition, trainees benefit from a strong, warm, vibrant community dedicated to ongoing learning and professional development. Now in its fifth decade, NIP enjoys an international reputation of clinical and scholarly excellence, a thriving in-house treatment center, and the ongoing, dedicated involvement of its many distinguished alumni.




Merav Ben-Horin, LCSW, RYT,  is a psychoanalyst and yoga and meditation teacher. She completed her BA in Psychology at Hunter College, her MSW at NYU, and her psychoanalytic training at NIP, where she received the Educators Award for outstanding scholarly contribution. She practices in Manhattan, integrating therapeutic yoga and mindfulness within an analytic framework, teaches yoga for emotional well-being and trauma relief, and leads retreats worldwide.




Sarah Hill, LCSW, RCST, is a psychoanalyst and craniosacral therapist in private practice in New York City. She teaches an ongoing course at Union Theological Seminary called Psychoanalysis, Race, and Culture. She is also a faculty member at NIP and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, as well as a consultant at the Center for Spirituality and Mental Health in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.



Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues

Sunday, April 14, 2019
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Presented by:
Jean Petrucelli, PhD

Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues: Integrating Neurobiology, Attachment, Affect Regulation and Clinical Conundrums

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10107

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Turning away from the conspicuous phenomena of transgender experience, with an eye toward locating and illuminating the transgender edge in cisgender, this paper explores the relationship between men and the Vaginal, both material and fantasized. Positing the Vaginal as a counterpart to the Phallic, the author aims to de-link vaginal psychic and embodied states from the strictly female so that, like the Phallic, they can be accessed by people of all genders and sexes. This concept goes beyond the conceptual, to the fleshy, embodied experience of many transgender men, who live in whole, partial, and/or temporary “female” bodies. It can also be applied to the physio-psychic reality of many cisgender men. Included is the discussion of a case in which a gay cisgender male patient experiences and fantasizes his anus as a vagina.


Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is a Supervising Analyst, Faculty, Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service and Educational Program(EDCAS);  at The William Alanson White Institute; Faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program and the Institute for Contemporary Psychology (ICP); Associate editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Editor of five books: including winner of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book, Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge,2015).

Continuing Education

NIPPA Focus Seminars do not offer CE hours.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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ITP Open House

Wednesday, April 17, 2019; 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Integrative Trauma Program Open House

National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
Conference Room
New York, NY 10107

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You are invited to attend the Integrative Trauma Program's (ITP) Open House, where faculty members, supervisors, and administrators will welcome you and introduce NIP's trauma training options.

The Open House will include information on:

The Certificate Program in Integrative Trauma Studies (9 months, CE credits available)

The Integrative Trauma Program's Clinical Affiliate Program (Supervised clinical practice opportunity)

Hear a stimulating clinical case presentation that illustrate our unique approach to integrative trauma treatment. You are welcome to join the Q & A and discussion that follows the presentation.

For additional information about the Integrative Trauma Program:

Questions? (212) 582-1566 or


What You Eat and What’s Eating You

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presented by:
Pamela Thorp, LCSW

What You Eat and What’s Eating You: The Gut-Brain Connection-Considerations in the Treatment of Trauma

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10107

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Over the past few decades scientists have discovered there is direct communication between the gut and the brain. Embryologically the two start out at the same point. Then one goes up and one goes down. Cells that begin in such close relationship retain a lifelong memory of each other and the bidirectional highway that runs between them is trafficked by a constant stream of messages. The complex and multifaceted aspects of the gut-brain axis not only ensures proper maintenance and regulation of the gastrointestinal system, but has profound impact on mood, behavior and higher cognitive functions. 

This presentation will speak to the importance of understanding the relationship between the gut and the brain, and the impact of food on mood. As integrative clinicians working with trauma this topic is of particular relevance, as attention is paid to both cerebral cognitive activity as well as to limbic, bodily experience. Helping patients bring balance to the system is of forefront importance in trauma-informed work, and nutrition can be enemy or ally in the service of restoring equilibrium and harmony to the whole being.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Educate the clinician on the basic science of the brain-gut axis and its importance in regulating stress-related response, how neurotransmitters function and communication between the two systems occur.

  2. Participants will learn about the importance of the microbiome, the organisms that inhabit it and their impact on mood and behavior.

  3. The introduction of this topic into any clinical work should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Discussion around who, how and when to bring it into a treatment will be addressed and include case examples that provide demonstration of how this might be done.

  4. Participants will leave with a basic idea of foods that both inflame the stress response and regulate it. Boundaries around scope of practice will also be addressed.


Presenter Bio

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Pamela Thorp, LCSW is an Integrative Psychotherapist who combines concepts from Psychoanalysis, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Energy Psychology in her work. She got her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1988 and completed her institute training at National Institute for the Psychotherapies in 1994. She has taught in NIP’s analytic training program and supervises in both the analytic and trauma training tracks, and is an active participant on the Integrative Trauma Program’s Executive Committee. She has also served as faculty in the Continuing Education Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Pam is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, an advanced EFT Practitioner and certified by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach. She has been in private practice in NYC for thirty years and loves her work.

Continuing Education

This event is approved for 2.0 CE contact hours for psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, and licensed mental health clinicians

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0018.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #Psyan-0004.

National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0059.

Personalized CE certificates will be distributed at the end of this event. Due to New York State requirements, persons arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not receive a CE certificate.


$50 General Public
$40 Candidates & Students
$10 NIP Candidates

Refunds, & Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests made more than a week prior to the event will be given a full refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within a week of the event or for no-shows on the day of the event.