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 program for holders of a Masters Degree in a health related field.

Please notethat there are three options for participating in the IPTP Program:

Option 1: The full three year program which is the most complete in terms of training, supervision and client contact hours.

Option 2: First year only of the IPTP Program. This allows students to become familiarized with the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. If the student feels committed to this approach, they have the option of continuing with year two and three of the program.

Option 3: A theory only option which means there is no clinical work with clients or supervision provided.


  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree in a field directly related to mental health
  • Must be eligible to obtain the OPQ psychotherapy permit.
  • 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

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.

First year

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

Second Year

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

Third Year

Transference and Countertransference in the Clinical Setting
Psychological Trauma
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.


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• 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.
• Program costs are offset by the payment to the student of $15.00 for each therapy session
provided to Argyle clients.
• 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. Students 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.

Maria Luisa Alejos
(514) 967-3918