NIP's Certificate Program in Psychotherapy Integration for Psychoanalysts & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (PIP) is offered to licensed and psychodynamically experienced (minimum 5 years) mental health professionals who want to expand their clinical skills. Candidates learn nonanalytic therapy methods from CBT and DBT and their relation to psychoanalytic therapy. The program emphasizes learning particular therapy skills and their applications in clinical practice, as well as an understanding of the rationales for these methods.

Upon completion of the training, candidates will learn the skills necessary to incorporate CBT and DBT skills into psychodynamic work. It is also expected that the learning will impact their overall clinical thinking and ways of practicing.

The program consists of three didactic courses—(1) Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration, (2) Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Analytic Therapists, and (3) Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Analytic Therapists—plus Clinical Supervision. Each of the three courses includes 15 class meetings. Classes meet once weekly on Mondays at 1:00 for 1-1/2 hours. On alternate weeks, classes are extended by an additional 45 minutes for clinical supervision. The instructors are all senior clinicians, trained and experienced in both psychoanalysis and their nonanalytic specialty modalities. During the year, there are also two all-day workshops.

PIP is approved by the State of New York Education Department to provide 60 continuing education contact hours for social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, and licensed mental health counselors, as well as by the APA for psychologists. 

Those seeking more information or interested in applying can contact the Program Co-Directors, Jill Bresler, PhD (drjbresler@gmail.com) or Kenneth Frank, PhD(Kennethafrank@gmail.com).

Foundations of the Program

The many psychoanalysts who have acknowledged the desirability of having a wide variety of methods available have discovered that specialized trainings are now available to clinicians. However, PIP is unique in that it is a psychoanalytically-based program, taught and supervised by clinicians who are recognized as both analysts and specialists in other approaches. Further, classes and group supervision are shared by like-minded practitioners. Hence, students' most difficult task—integrating new methods into the analytic—is facilitated as nowhere else.Working alongside other clinicians to expand skills and develop a nuanced flexibility is stimulating, supportive and rewarding.

This program has evolved from several empirical truths: First, no single psychotherapy approach is uniformly best for all people all the time; each has benefits and limitations.

Therapeutic action is a multifaceted process and at times a modality or modalities other than an analytic one promotes change more effectively than the analytic method alone. For example, by focusing specifically on enhancing individuals' coping skills, cognitive-behavior therapy, takes advantage of the mutative role of behavior change, which the verbally privileged analytic approach does not emphasize. In choosing CBT and DBT as our focus, we teach methods that are well established, with sound empirical evidence for their efficacy.

A strong therapeutic relationship is a common factor underlying all effective forms of psychotherapy. Because relational psychoanalysis is, in our opinion, the richest, most comprehensive perspective on the therapy relationship, it forms the basis, or foundation modality, into which we integrate other approaches.

Additionally, CBT and other modalities can heighten the experiential features of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, which is decisively important. The synergistic integration of forms of therapy that can heighten the immediacy of emotional experience contributes to an integrative therapeutic whole greater than any of its individual component modalities. 

A Relational Theoretical Approach to Assimilative Integration

Our approach is "assimilative" integration with a relational psychoanalytic baseline. Assimilative integration is a form of theoretical integration that allows psychoanalysts (and others) to maintain their baseline perspective on psychotherapy, while drawing flexibly on the wisdom and methods of other schools in order to enhance the quality of therapeutic benefits.

Theoretical integration rather than technical eclecticism is our objective. Without exercising disciplined creativity in practicing integration, a clinician may apply a poorly reasoned, idiosyncratic, or hit or miss collection of methods. 

Continuing Education Credits

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.

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.

This program is approved for 60 continuing education contact hours. 

Meeting Day & Time

Classes are held at NIP on Mondays, starting at 1:15. Class ending times vary on alternating weeks between 2:45 and 3:30 in order to accommodate twice-monthly group supervision.

The two annual weekend workshops are offered at NIP on Saturdays.

Personal Psychotherapy

In addition to past or ongoing analytic therapy experiences, candidates are STRONGLY urged to seek out personal therapy in the modalities studied in the program. We believe this is a valuable didactic and professional as well as personal growth opportunity. While very strongly encouraged, it is not required. PIP's administrators can direct you to qualified therapists.

For More Information

Please direct all inquiries to Jill Bresler or Kenneth Frank, Co-Directors, at 212.582.1566.