Curriculum

The 2017-2018 sequence of courses follow:

  • Orientation Meeting (Students and Faculty)
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration
    Instructor: Kenneth Frank, PhD
    5 sessions

Before learning specific modalities, we explore the history, basic concepts, and diverse approaches to psychotherapy integration. The course orients students to the philosophy of PIP, assimilative integration, based on empowering relational psychoanalytic therapy through the psychoanalytic use of outside methods. Using alternate modalities to question and inform our analytic assumptions, we reconsider our basic ideas about therapeutic action. We come to understand concepts like therapeutic choice points and common factors. We learn differences between eclecticism and theoretical integration, and formal and seamless integration. Reading and discussing leading analytic integrationists like Bresler, Frank, Gold, Safran, Stricker, and Wachtel, we begin to cultivate our own thinking and ways of approaching psychotherapy integration.

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Analytic Therapists
    Instructor: Jill Bresler, PhD
    10 sessions 

This course provides an understanding of  the major CBT models and their relationship to psychoanalytic treatment, teaches specific CBT interventions, and prepares clinicians to use CBT techniques skillfully in psychodynamic work. We devote the majority of our time to learning how to use commonly employed techniques including cognitive restructuring, third-wave techniques such as defusion and the use of mindfulness exercises, graded exposure, homework and relaxation training. Among other issues, the course focuses on the treatment of anxiety phenomena, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, obsessional thinking and obsessive rumination. Throughout, emphasis is on developing an ability to determine when and how CBT skills may be helpfully integrated into practice, and to evaluate the effects of these interventions. Readings will include work by J. Beck; Persons; Hayes, Strosahl and Wilson; Segal, Williams and Teasdale, and Wallin.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Analytic Therapists
    Instructor: Lisa Lyons, PhD
    10 sessions 

In this course we learn basic elements of DBT.  We focus on the integration of DBT into psychodynamic treatment for a broad range of difficulties, including the self-injuring or suicidal patient for whom DBT was originally designed, as well as anxiety, substance abuse, and difficulties with impulse control.   Topics include DBT self-regulation skills, how to work with mindfulness, and how to incorporate ideas from Buddhism and Dialectical philosophy – all essential elements of DBT.   Readings include the basic DBT texts and critiques of DBT.  We will consider the ways the theory and practice of DBT overlap with and complement Relational thinking. Clinical instruction will focus on when and how DBT interventions can most effectively be integrated and how to move seamlessly between DBT and psychodynamic work.  Authors to be read include Linehan, Levy and Scott, Shedler, and Lyons.

  • Advanced Seminar in Psychotherapy Integration
    Instructor: Ken Frank, PhD
    5 sessions