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COURSE EIGHT – Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

COURSE EIGHT - Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Course Coordinator: Janice Halpern

Course Presenters: Janice Halpern and Marcus Michell

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: February 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 2019 (5 evenings)

Fees: $300

Preregistration is required.


Many training programmes focus on teaching numerous theories of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Unfortunately, most people find that this is insufficient for practising psychotherapy. In this course you will be introduced to a modern method of practising psychodynamic psychotherapy, that is fresh, lively and exciting, and very consistent with psychoanalytic principles. The method is based on the work of Fred Busch PhD., who developed it for psychoanalysis. It fits psychodynamic psychotherapy very well. We will use both didactic and experiential methods.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Practice a new method of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  2. Recognize the value of learning to “follow affect” and use defence interpretations.
  3. Become familiar with the empirical literature for this new method.
  4. Differentiate psychodynamic psychotherapy from psychoanalysis.
  5. Name some of the techniques in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
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Janice Halpern, MD, FRCPC

Janice Halpern, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She has taught in the TIP, ATPPP, and Fundamentals programmes at the TPS&I. Besides her private practice, she is Associate Staff Psychiatrist and Psychotherapy Supervisor at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Faculty TPS&I.

Marcus Michell, MD, FRCPC

Marcus Michell, MD, FRCPC is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is active in curriculum development and teaching for the ATPPP, and has a full-time private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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