Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training (IPTP)
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is founded on the premise that human problems and behavior are an expression of unconscious forces and internal conflicts.
Training in psychodynamic psychotherapy requires a commitment to deepening knowledge through reading and reflection; the ability to approach complex material with an independent mind; the willingness to seek out necessary resources; and the dedication to carrying out program responsibilities with professionalism.
THREE YEAR POST-MASTERS PROGRAM IN INDIVIDUAL PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
For those unable to commit to the full three-year program at application time, a fairly complete one-
year introductory course is available that can then be followed by the advanced training of the other two
years to complete the three-year program, if so desired. Additionally, for those wishing to advance their
knowledge of psychodynamic psychotherapy without doing clinical work , a one-year -Theory Only-
option is available.
• A Master’s or Doctorate degree in a field directly related to mental health
• Personal psychotherapy – minimum once-a-week psychodynamic psychotherapy must be
undertaken upon starting the program, or sooner
• Personal integrity – recent letters of reference
• Experience in dealing with individuals in distress.
• Motivation, interest, and dedication to work psychodynamically with individuals, as assessed
by at least two pre-admission interviews with staff
Click below to download the Application Form:
Application Form IPTP 2013
Seminars will focus on specific language of psychodynamic theory & the concepts essential to practice. Theoretical training takes place over 6 semesters (150 hours): 2 semesters a year for 3 years. The seminars involve a combination of lectures and discussions, based on assigned readings. In the last semester of the third year, each student will conduct a seminar session based on a chosen topic. Following this the student will have acquired the required tools and experience, and will be expected to produce a paper integrating theory and practice.
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts
Interview Techniques and Assessments in Psychoanalytic Therapy
The Therapeutic alliance, the Frame, and the Holding Environment
Psychoanalytic Understanding of Psychopathological Configurations
Attempts at Integration
Continuation of the Exploration of (the) Psychopathological Configurations
Overview of Early Development and Theories of Attachment
Psychodynamic Understanding of Separation, Loss, Mourning, and Working Through
Overview of the Unconscious World and Dreams
Introduction to Different Psychoanalytic Models of Intervention
Transference and Countertransference in the Clinical Setting
Sexual Development and Gender Identity
Termination of the therapeutic relationship
Clinical integration—paper and presentation
Clinical training is provided through group and individual supervision. Supervised practice provides the opportunity to develop psychodynamic techniques and understanding in vivo. Through weekly group and one-on-one case discussions with two different supervisors, students will gradually acquire the necessary skills to integrate theoretical notions with the immediacy of interactions with patients, while benefiting from the experience of highly-qualified clinicians.
• Clinical component: 500 client hours over the three-year program.
• Group supervision for two hours per week, 50 hours per academic year
• Individual supervision for 40 weeks per academic year at a time mutually agreed-upon by student and supervisor.
• Personal therapy at a minimum of one session per week. Personal therapy is crucial for the integration of a personal experience of unconscious mechanisms with knowledge acquired through the other two facets of the program. It is also essential in helping the student tap resources and elaborate areas of conflict activated by experiences with clients or fellow students. Personal therapy with an Argyle approved therapist is required for the duration of the program.
Wednesday evenings from 5pm, starting August 28, 2013.
Theory classes will go from 5pm to 7pm or 8pm (TBD) for the first few weeks. Starting mid-October, theory classes will run 5pm to 7pm and will be followed by group supervision which will go until 9pm. There will be a break between theory class and supervision.
• Tuition: $3,000.00 per year, which includes theoretical training, group supervision, and client
• Individual supervision at the rate of $60.00 per hour
• Individual therapy with a psychodynamically-oriented therapist. Argyle-associated therapists
are available at rates tailored to the student’s means.
• Program costs are offset by the payment to the student of $15.00 for each therapy session
provided to Argyle clients. For the 500 client hours, the student receives $7,500.00 over the
course of the program.
• All program related costs are tax deductible as professional development expenses
Responsibility and Liability
All candidates must be members of their professional order and have professional liability insurance. They will assume responsibility for their cases. Trainees not eligible for insurance may be covered under a special arrangement with the OACCPP. The responsibility of the supervisors will be confined to the training of the candidate and not to the candidate’s clients.
Patricia Hook Painter, MA
Program Coordinator – Director of Admissions
Brian Wrench, M.Ed
The Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program is now accepting applications for the
2013-2014 academic year.