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TIP Curriculum

First Year

101 On Becoming a Psychoanalyst: IPA Ethics and Analytic Attitude

In this introduction seminar, “On Becoming and Being a Psychoanalyst”, we will explore and clarify IPA Ethics Principles, Professional Self Image, and the Emotional Stress of doing psychoanalytic work. This discussion group gives the candidates an opportunity to reflect actively on their paths to psychoanalysis, and their futures as psychoanalysts…

101 Full Description and Readings

102 Origins of Psychoanalysis: Core Concepts (1896-1901)

This course, in ten seminars, explores Freud’s discovery of the psychic unconscious and psychoanalysis as a theory of human nature and a clinical method for the treatment of psychopathology including: a new psychological theory of the origins of hysterical and obsessional symptoms and their treatment with free association psychotherapy…

102 Full Description and Readings

103 Introduction to Psychoanalytic Technique Part I

Through a study of Freud’s classic papers on technique, and some later papers, we will understand the origins of the psychoanalytic theory of psychotherapeutic technique, a basic technique which was the first talking cure, and the basis, at least in some of its elements, for all later forms of psychotherapy. We will look at the origins of these ideas, and at later, modern, discussions of them…

103 Full Description and Readings

104 Psychoanalytic Technique Part II

The Introduction to Psychoanalytic Technique will teach basic concepts in psychoanalytic technique and their application to the psychoanalytic process: the analytic situation, the patient’s remembered history and unconscious past, the structure and objectives of the psychoanalytic interview, the initial stage (or opening phase) of a psychoanalytic process, the analysis of defence and resistance, the meanings and use of the counter-transference, the transference neurosis and the active technique…

104 Full Description and Readings

105 Assessment of Pathologies Part I and Part II

These four seminars will enable candidates to diagnose and assess patients for psychoanalytic treatment as well as their suitability as control cases. Candidates will learn to differentiate psychosis, neurosis and border-line conditions with focus on the main neurotic conditions (hysteria, obsessions, perversions, character disorders, narcissistic disorders) including severity and combinations. Attention will also be given to post-traumatic disorders…

105 Full Description and Readings

106 Core Structural and Dynamic Concepts

This course is an introduction to a crucial group of psychoanalytic theories at the core of clinical practise. It builds on the topographical model of The Interpretation of Dreams, trauma and the libidinal and unconscious phantasy factors in neurosis, and early clinical theory of Course 102. This course will focus on Freud’s theory of libido, psychosexual development, instinctual vicissitudes, pathology and health, integrations and potentials for conflict…

106 Full Description and Readings

107 Classics of Formulation

This course, in ten seminars, explores Freud’s discovery of the psychic unconscious and psychoanalysis as a theory of human nature as it reveals itself in the case studies which serve as the foundation for all later formulations of the clinical conditions and diagnoses for which psychoanalysis has proven to be the essential treatment modality…

107 Full Description and Readings

108 Comparative Psychotherapies

This 3-hour course will cover ten major psychotherapies (including CBT, DBT, IPT, Integrative Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Supportive vs. Expressive Psychotherapy, EMDR, Family and Marital Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Expressive Psychotherapies). The candidates will understand what these methods are, how they claim to work, and for which patients they are appropriate, and whether we combine aspects of them with psychoanalytic treatment…

108 Full Description and Readings

109 Understanding DSM 5 and Psychiatric Medications

The goal of this 3-hour seminar is to help Candidates become familiar with the major classes of psychiatric conditions along with the medications to treat them. Candidates will learn about core interviewing techniques which will help them identify the main psychiatric conditions, including having an approach to dealing with psychiatric emergencies that may present during the assessment. In addition, Candidates will learn how different psychiatric conditions may impact the patient’s response to psychoanalytic techniques…

109 Full Description and Readings

110 Core Concepts: Conflict and Compromise Formation

This course, in 4 seminars, focuses on conflict theory as it has evolved from Freud’s original formulations involving his structural/dynamic theories at a neurotic level of functioning to the present usage/understanding involving all levels of intrapsychic formation both conscious and unconscious. Although initially conceptualized for neurotic/structural/Oedipal conflict, the current thinking/practice is to apply conflict within an object-relational /pre-Oedipal context as well…

110 Full Description and Readings

111 Core Concepts: Masochism, Perversion, Impasse and Technique

A Child is Being Beaten, Fetishism and Splitting of the ego in the process of defence are three seminal works the study of which will enable candidates to gain an overview of the relation between theory and clinical practice in relation to masochism, sexual anxiety, libidinal regressions and fixations. Classic papers are read which review the core concepts and present clinical examples…

111 Full Description and Readings

112 Freud’s Sociological Theories

These two seminars seek to survey and explore a few avenues of critique of Freud’s theories of religion and civilization. Candidates will read Future of an Illusion (1927) and Civilization and Its Discontents (1930). (Freud’s work on group psychology is not covered here)…

112 Full Description and Readings

113 Ethics

These two Seminars comprise the first section of an Ethics Course, which is taught over the four years of the Curriculum. The seminars explore the importance of establishing the treatment frame, appropriate boundaries, and analytic neutrality, for the therapeutic relationship. Boundary configurations with different types of patients are described. The Course demonstrates the essential role of confidentiality in facilitating trust and growth in the therapeutic relationship. The Course Readings show the role of boundaries in maintaining a non-judgmental stance…

113 Full Description and Readings

114 Group Supervision/Technique #1

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity…

114 Full Description and Readings

115 Psychoanalysis, Culture, Diversity, Power Dynamics

This course examines the intersection between anti-oppressive practice and psychoanalysis. We will examine how internalized cultural/social biases can obstruct the appropriate use of self to effectively contribute to the development of a solid therapeutic alliance when working psychoanalytically with persons who are members of groups who have experienced oppression resulting from their demographic differences (race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual identity, sexual orientation, ability and disability among others)…

115 Full Description and Readings

116 From Freud to Klein

This course introduces candidates to the psychoanalytic work of Melanie Klein. It traces both her continuity with and key departures from Freudian theory, such as her rejection of the concept of primary narcissism, her insistence on the existence of object relations from the beginning and the importance of the early mother-infant relation (in which mother is initially experienced as a part-object, good or bad). Her elaboration of the theory of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions…

116 Full Description and Readings

117 Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis

In these two seminars, participants will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to current developments in psychoanalysis and Neuroscience…

117 Full Description and Readings

 


Second Year

201 Technique: Dream Interpretation

This 5 seminar course addresses the evolution of psychoanalytic dream theory and practice after Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams”. Seminar 1 reinforces the central technique of free association in working with dreams (and generally) in psychoanalytic treatment. Seminar 2 explores the uniquely catalytic role of dreams in facilitating work with developmental issues and their recapitulation within the treatment…

201 Full Description and Readings

202 Psychoanalytic Technique

This course will include the discussion of major contributions to psychoanalytic technique reviewing and extending concepts from first year. Concepts and clinical approaches to learn include initiating psychoanalysis, listening, transference, free association, interpretation, and the therapeutic alliance…

202 Full Description and Readings

203 Theories of Development I: Infancy and Early Child Development

This course, in 4 sessions, explores the importance of understanding infancy and infant development. Psychoanalysis today has an array of theoretical and therapeutic approaches. These schools of thought are receptive to interactive and relational concepts, which begin within the first year of life. These recent developments in thinking include the analyst’s subjectivity as an instrument of investigation through the concept of countertransference…

203 Full Description and Readings

204 Theories of Development II Oedipal Development

This course introduces candidates to oedipal stage development. It also covers some of the necessary preceding developmental processes. The Course teaches what is meant by object constancy and how to understand the way in which it is related to oedipal stage development. The Course teaches candidates to distinguish between phallic-narcissistic and phallic-oedipal stages of development and to understand differences between…

204 Full Description and Readings

205 Theories of Development III Latency

The Course teaches the stages in the Latency phase of development and applications of the theory to treatment. The concepts central to understanding Latency are clarified: attachment and autonomy, the play theory and metaphors of the body, specifics of the setting for psychoanalysis of a latency child, sexual differentiation, pre-oedipal transference transformations…

205 Full Description and Readings

206 Theories of Development IV Adolescence

This course in 3 seminars teaches candidates to understand adolescent development and its importance and relevance to adult psychoanalytic practice. The seminar explores and contrasts different psychoanalytic theoretical models to understand this development. How adolescents change over time and the factors that influence that change are also explored…

206 Full Description and Readings

207 Clinical Concepts and Theoretical Developments I Ego Psychology

The psychoanalytic term “ego psychology” refers to the understanding of the ego’s structures and of its interaction with the drives and with reality, and to the major theorists (such as Heinz Hartmann and Anna Freud) who wrote on these subjects. Despite their difficulty, the works of Heinz Hartmann and Ernst Kris (two foundational theorists) have clinical relevance to assessment, to interventions, and to an understanding of the nature of the analytic process…

207 Full Description and Readings

208 CRPO Professional Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Overview and Review

This 3-hour seminar will familiarize trainees with the CRPO Professional Practice Standards and Jurisprudence for Registered Psychotherapists. Trainees will be introduced to the role of the College of Psychotherapy and will review the CRPO code of Ethics and professional standards, including professional misconduct, incompetence and incapacity. Students will also be required to review client-therapist relationships…

208 Full Description and Readings

209 Ethics II

The second section of the Ethics Course explores boundary concepts specific to psychoanalytic work, and optimal assessment of risks. Non-sexual boundary violations, in such areas as receiving gifts, money exchange and therapist self-revelation are considered, as well as misuses of boundary theory to explain problematic clinical outcomes. Boundaries are also considered in terms of their role…

209 Full Description and Readings

210 Clinical Concepts and Theoretical Developments I Ego Psychology/Superego

The goal of this course is to introduce clinicians to the very rich contributions psychoanalytic theory and practice have made to understanding the development and functioning of conscience in individual psychology and in society. Prior to Freud’s insights which were based on his vast clinical work, knowledge about conscience and morality came from philosophy, religion, history and literature…

210 Full Description and Readings

211 Clinical Concepts and Theoretical Developments II British Object Relations

This course is a ten-session introduction to some of the main British Object Relations theories, which began as two divergent schools of thought, the Independent or Middle Group and the Kleinians. There will be two seminars on Fairbairn, two seminars on Winnicott, four seminars on Klein, and two seminars on Bion. In all the seminars, we will trace the evolution and refinements that have led up to the current models of theory and practice…

211 Full Description and Readings

212 Group Supervision/Technique #2

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity to participating in psychoanalytic treatment…

212 Full Description and Readings

213 Clinical Concepts and Theoretical Developments III American Object Relations

This course of 10 seminars will teach candidates further developments in core clinical Object Relations’ concepts and theories, first elaborated in England and then in the US. New clinical approaches were developed by Sandler and others in England, and by Jacobson, Mahler, Kernberg in America. These elaborations of Object Relations theory differ substantially from the Object Relations theories of Kleinians and of the Middle Group in England…

213 Full Description and Readings

214 Group Supervision/Technique #3

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity to participating in psychoanalytic treatment…

214 Full Description and Readings


Third Year

301 Narcissism

This three-part course focuses on clinical theories of narcissism derived from Freud, Klein, post-Kleinians, Kernberg, Kohut and contemporary self-psychologists/inter-subjectivists. Part One of this series of seminars traces the history of narcissism in psychoanalysis from the seminal writings of Freud. In Part Two, the relevance of Kleinian and post-Kleinian theorists with Rosenfeld and Kernberg’s work on pathological narcissism will be addressed. In Part Three, Kohut’s development of introspection and empathy…

301 Full Description and Readings

302 Group Supervision/Technique # 4

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship…

302 Full Description and Readings

303 Comparative Dreams

This 5-seminar course will illustrate a diversity of clinical psychoanalytic practices in working with dreams through the examination of verbatim session material. Candidates will also present dreams from case material. Divergence between theory and actual practice will be explored in the hopes of fostering an attitude of flexibility in the candidates’ work with dreams. A shift will also be evident across decades of actual psychoanalytic practices with dreams…

303 Full Description and Readings

304 Bion

These five seminars expand on the theoretical and clinical concepts of Wilfred Bion introduced in year Two. These seminars provide an outline of some of Bion’s main theoretical and clinical concepts both as extensions and modifications of Freud’s and Klein’s ideas. This course will address the group psychology developed by Bion (1959) and survey the development of Bion’s thought especially its relevance for clinical work and understanding of serious psychopathology…

304 Full Description and Readings

305 Boundaries and Ethics

In these two seminars, we explore aspects of sexual boundaries and their modes of violation in treatment situations. Typologies of boundary violators are considered, to increase awareness of both the situations therapists can fall into, and the work that they can do to prevent these from occurring. Some analysts do not well understand the nature of transference in the area of ongoing boundary concerns. Therefore, a section considers post-termination boundaries…

305 Full Description and Readings

306 Character and Character Assessment

Character is a concept that is integral to every part of psychoanalytic work, whether it is in the foreground, or a less obvious focus of the treatment. It is possible for character not to be recognized, under considered or overlooked in our analytic work. It shapes the content and expression of the patient’s transferences and resistances, as it contributes to the analyst’s counter-transferences and resistances. In this series of seminars, we will discuss readings that provide an introduction to the place of character in psychoanalytic thinking…

306 Full Description and Readings

307 Depression and Anxiety

Patients often come to a psychoanalyst reporting that they are depressed or anxious. This course will review the many faceted psychoanalytic theorizing on depression and anxiety as affects, states, and agents in various pathologies. The course will have an emphasis on conceptual review, clinical formulation, and psychoanalytic technique…

307 Full Description and Readings

308 Group Supervision/Technique # 5

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity to participating in psychoanalytic treatment…

308 Full Description and Readings

309 Comparative Transference and Counter-transference

This course will explore different psychoanalytic views on the nature and uses of the transference and countertransference. We will look at classical, object relations and Kleinian views on the nature of transference and countertransference, comparing and contrasting their theoretical views on the dynamics of these central psychoanalytic phenomena, on the uses to which they can be put in therapy…

309 Full Description and Readings

310 Gender and Sexuality

The seminars will focus on the multiple facets of historical and modern psychoanalytic theory with an eye toward clinical practice. Matters such as gender embodiment, gender variation, gender regulation and perversion will be addressed. Gendered experience and identity will be viewed through a complex and nonlinear lens focusing on sexual subjectivity in the analytic dyad and psychic life…

310 Full Description and Readings

311 Process and Outcome Research in Psychoanalysis

This class addresses the significance of empirical research for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy—how crucial is it to its future, and what are its limits- at a time when there is growing public interest in the scientific evidence for psychotherapy. Contrary to a common misconception that there is little empirical evidence for psychoanalytic psychotherapies, we will survey the strong evidence supporting psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis…

311 Full Description and Readings

312 Trauma

The purpose of these five seminars is to understand the historical underpinnings of the psychoanalytic approach to trauma and to integrate this knowledge of trauma on psychological functioning. Candidates will appreciate the neurobiological contribution towards a psychoanalytic model of treatment; understand Trauma and the Zero Process and the psychoanalytic treatment of dissociation; and learn to recognize the transference/counter-transference enactments that occur through trauma…

312 Full Description and Readings

 


Fourth Year

401 Unconscious Infant-Maternal Dynamics in the Adult Transference

This course traces the developmental origins of psychic life pertaining to internal dynamics and unconscious phantasies of the infant with the maternal object through Freud, Klein, Winnicott, and Bion. Clinically, it explores the transferential implications in adult work of the unconscious impact of internal maternal-infant dynamics on psychic structure…

401 Full Description and Readings

402 Childhood Sexuality

This course will examine more recent ideas about the role of childhood sexuality in adolescents and adults from a variety of theoretical points of view. Some of the remaining debates about where to situate sexuality in relation to pre Oedipal and Oedipal development will also be considered…

402 Full Description and Readings

403 Unconscious Fantasy/Phantasy and Clinical Implications

The Course teaches the major position papers on Unconscious Fantasy/Phantasy, which clarify core theories and clinical implications from American, British, French, and Kleinian perspectives. The Course explores the tracking of unconscious fantasies in the session as observed and understood from various points of view. The Course explores the interpretation of unconscious fantasy/phantasies to facilitate their becoming conscious as a major therapeutic action of psychoanalysis…

403 Full Description and Readings

404 Psychosomatics: Hearing the Body’s Discourse

This 4 seminar introductory course addresses the evolution of psychosomatics, using a dual perspective. Initially a conflict model was elaborated by Freud, and subsequently others, including Groddeck, Ferenczi, Klein. This assumes symbolized communication becoming manifested physically. Freud also elaborated a nonconflictual deficit model of somatic expression, which was further elaborated by Alexander, Engel, McDougall and the French Psychosomatic School (Marty, de M’Uzan, Fain, Aisenstein)…

404 Full Description and Readings

405 Group Supervision #6/Technique

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity to participating in psychoanalytic treatment…

405 Full Description and Readings

406 French Freudians: Integrating Kleinian Thought

This Course will help candidates to formulate an interventional strategy, especially with patients suffering from object loss and separation anxiety. The Course will focus on psychoanalytic theories, which demonstrate how to apply the concepts of “primal scene”, “narcissistic economy and primitive sexuality”, “melancholia”, “maternal depression”, “separation anxiety” elaborated by French Freudians, using the theories of Klein and Bion…

406 Full Description and Readings

407 Psychoanalysis and Culture: Its Role and Impact on Psychoanalytic Work

This four-seminar course is designed to increase the candidates’ awareness of cultural factors that significantly affect their work when providing therapy for clients who come from different cultural background. The course draws the candidates’ attention to the fact that there can be dynamics of power differential and deeper biases, both within the therapist and the client. These can be overt or covert. Thus it is of vital importance for the therapist to be aware of one’s own reactions and values, and to maintain a safe and effective way of using the therapeutic self in the service of the client’s needs and goals…

407 Full Description and Readings

408 Clinical Klein in Contemporary Practice

This course situates Klein’s work as an extension and an elaboration of Freud’s in the psychoanalytic progression from Freud to Bion. With its origin in Klein’s development of the psychoanalytic play technique with children and its initial close ties to Freudian theory, this course outlines evolving contemporary Kleinian concepts as applied in clinical practice today, including the specific focus on unconscious phantasy, the role of internal objects and object relations, and Klein’s unique understanding and use of the concepts of developmental positions and characteristics modes of anxiety…

408 Full Description and Readings

409 Lacan’s Contributions to the Treatment of Perversions and Addictions

This course is designed to give candidates a clinical view of Lacanian theory as it is put into practice with people with perversions and addictions. This course will try to cover a wide ground in little time. It will offer the candidates selected readings of the original Lacan, a presentation of the concepts by a contemporary author, and clinical examples that illustrate the theory. People with addictions of many types have been noted to have increased in the last thirty year…

409 Full Description and Readings

410 Psychoanalytic Process: Initiating, Deepening the Analytic Process, Termination

This Course relies on the previous Courses in assessment for analyzability, and the consultation with a Supervisor on suitability as a control case…

410 Full Description and Readings

411 Group Supervision #7/Technique

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates, from the outset of their analytic training, exposure to clinical thinking and process, as well as ongoing participation in discussion about their own and their colleagues’ developing practices and skill acquisition. This is an important foundation and stimulus for the ability to sensitively and confidently enable patients to enter into and profit from psychodynamic therapy, with the goal of nurturing the unfolding therapeutic relationship, and increasing patients’ receptivity to participating in psychoanalytic treatment…

411 Full Description and Readings

412 Masochistic Character and Sadomasochism, Clinical Strategies

This course will teach candidates to define and describe the many-faceted concept of masochism, so that they can identify, recognize, assess, and formulate masochistic character, and can identify sadomasochistic transferences and dynamics so as to effect change. Clinical material will be presented to facilitate the application of theory and concepts to the psychoanalytic therapeutic process. Developmental challenges and trauma can lead to excessive masochistic defenses, such as self-defeating or self-sacrificial behaviors…

412 Full Description and Readings

413 The Difficult Patient

The seminar will study difficult cases in analysis by means of presentation and discussion. Patients with severe psychopathology can be impulsive, act out, suffer extreme mood shifts and have more difficulty in reality testing than is typical of hysterical and obsessional neurosis. The seminar will examine difficulties presented by their diagnosis and treatment and evaluate results. The seminar will explore whether such patients have a unique etiology or whether it is a question of the degree of their severity…

413 Full Description and Readings

414 Advanced Clinical Seminar on Perversion

The aim of this course is to update the current thinking on perversion and perverse scenarios in order to become familiar with the subject of perversion, to identify the perverse structure, the aim and function of perversion; to diagnose perverse scenarios and treat perversion…

414 Full Description and Readings

 

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