YEAR 4 | Trimester 1










Developmental Theory and Contemporary Clinical Issues

Faculty: TEAM

To illustrate some of the ways developmental theories are utilized in contemporary practice, this course will examine five areas of great clinical interest:  agency and sexuality, eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidality, and trauma. Each topic will be presented by a different instructor with expertise in that particular area who will present their approach to the subject and the ways that it is informed by various developmental theories.

Clinical Seminar: Dreams II

Debora M. Worth, LCSW

This course will be conducted as an experiential dream seminar. Participants will present dreams to the group for exploration to deepen our understanding of how dreams function both intra-psychically and interpersonally. Special attention will be paid to both emotion and metaphor in the dream experience.

YEAR 4 | Trimester 2










Object Relations II

Veronica Csillag, LCSW

This course will review the development of object relations theory from Bion through Segal and Joseph to more contemporary thinkers, such as Green, Bollas, Britton, Grotstein, Ogden, and beyond. Bion’s theories of thinking, concepts of containment, reverie, symbol formation and symbolic equation, impasse and the negative therapeutic reaction will be elucidated. The emergence of the two-person psychoanalytic approach within the object relations world will be addressed. Similarities and differences between the modern object relations schools and the interpersonal tradition will be highlighted. The discussion of relevant literature will be augmented by clinical presentations.

Clinical Seminar: Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity

Sarah Mendelsohn, LCSW

The course will focus on the main concepts of self psychological theory and the allied theory of intersubjectivity formulated by Stolorow and Atwood. While the course will cover the development of self psychology from Kohut’s initial formulations to contemporary concepts, emphasis will be on more contemporary self psychology and intersubjectivity theory. Basic concepts will be illustrated with considerable clinical material.

YEAR 4 | Trimester 3










Clinical Seminar: Contemporary Relational Theories and Practice


Relational psychoanalysis is an integrative contemporary orientation to psychoanalytic theory and practice that extends and develops ideas and an approach to clinical practice originating in American interpersonal psychoanalysis, British object relational psychoanalysis, and some of the American self psychological schools. This seminar for advanced candidates is intended to focus on relational concepts and their application in the clinical psychoanalytic situation, with special reference to technique. The emphasis will be in how relational analysts work. The format will combine features of a clinical case seminar with that of a theory class. Candidates will present clinical material for discussion, and papers from the contemporary relational literature, including newly published ones, will be assigned on a week by week basis, selected to illuminate the case being presented and the ideas under discussion.

Clinical Seminar: The Curative Process

John Turtz, Ph.D.

Through the study of clinical material and relevant readings, the major psychoanalytic views on the curative process will be examined. This course will explore the classical, object-relational, self-psychological, interpersonal, relational, and existential positions on the nature of therapeutic action. The course will examine, from the various theoretical perspectives, the role of such factors as interpretation, insight, identification, interpersonal experience, play, regression, empathy, and transference and countertransference analysis.

OPTIONAL | Fifth Year Specialty Training

Candidates in the Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis and LQP may elect to design a specialized course of study for their fifth year. Typically, there are no course requirements for the fifth year.  However, candidates often choose to create an informal study group, based on the group’s interests, meeting with a faculty member of their own choosing.   In addition, the Institute offers a 5th Year Specialty Training Option.  Upon consultation with the Co-Directors and Director of Training, fourth year candidates may create a specific course of study in a specialty clinical or theoretical area for their fifth year.

To use a college analogy: if adult psychoanalysis is the “major,” the Fifth Year Specialty Training will be the “minor.” Examples of such areas of study are: adult development, intersubjectivity, psychoanalytic research, child therapy. The specialty training will consist of three integrated courses. If the specialty is clinical, an additional individual supervised experience of 40 hours will also be required. If the specialty is theoretical, an individual mentor will be assigned to supervise the writing of a scholarly paper. The class will participate in the creation of this individualized program, and will be expected to begin this planning process no later than the beginning of the fourth year. Upon completion of this specialty training, and upon approval of the Training Committee, candidates are awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training. The faculty, drawn from the Institute and the wider community, will have extensive experience in the theory, practice and/or research of the specialty area. A particular year’s specialty course of study will also be open to graduates of the Institute. The Fifth Year Specialty Training is not open to those outside of the Institute. The fee for the coursework and the supervision will be that of the regular course of study in the Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis.  If the Specialty Training is not chosen, a matriculation fee of $150 will be assessed per trimester until completion of the program requirements.