Curriculum

The 2018-2019 sequence of courses follow:

  • Theory and Practice of Relational Psychotherapy Integration
    Instructor: Kenneth Frank, PhD
    6 sessions, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 (Monday, 1:00-2:50)

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, which empowers 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, helps participants begin to cultivate their own thinking and ways of approaching psychotherapy integration.

  • Body Approaches for Analytic Therapists
    Instructor: Cheryl Feigenson, Ph.D.
    8 sessions, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (Monday 1:00-2:50).

This course focuses on incorporating the body into psychoanalytic work.  The course includes the theory and scientific underpinnings of somatic approaches but emphasizes the practical application of somatic modalities.  Students learn observational skills (i.e., what physical tendencies of the client to track), which physical tendencies to bring to the client’s attention and how to do so, and how to get psychological or emotional meaning from bodily sensations and physical tendencies.  The module also explores how mindfulness is used as an access route to the emotions, thoughts, images, and memories that are associated with the narrative, but usually outside the ambit of the client’s awareness (e.g., unconscious beliefs, motivations, expectations/assumptions, and relational patterns).  Finally, the course will address how to use somatic modalities to effectuate change.

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for Analytic Therapists
    Instructor: Jill Bresler, PhD
    8 sessions, Jan. 7, 14, 28 Feb. 4, 11, 24, Mar. 4, 11 (Monday 100-2:50).

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 employ commonly used cognitive and behavioral techniques. The course focuses on the treatment of anxiety phenomena, including generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder and 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
    8 sessions Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 14 (Monday 1:00-2:50).

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.