Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy

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Distance Learning Program in
Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy

Beginning October 2017

IPI Is announcing a new educational program for licensed mental health professionals who are consulting to colleagues in their practice of dynamic psychotherapy or who wish to prepare to be clinical consultants. The colleagues to whom they consult will usually be independently functioning private practitioners who might or might not be enrolled in a training program.  The IPI program provides education in consultation skills.

The program is organized according to the domains of competency suggested by the APA (American Psychological Association) adapted for competence to consult on psychotherapy cases. The course will consist of a series of reading discussion seminars on the basics of consultation to psychotherapy practice and group discussions of participant vignettes from in-person, in-state consultations they have participated in as trainees or consultants (or being in supervision for those who do not yet have a consulting role). The program will be taught using IPI’s unique learning method, the Group Affective Model, facilitating the integration of intellectual and emotional experiences.

Program Design

The Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy Program is a 30-hour course, to be completed in 7 months, by two-way video link. This is a distance learning course available from each participant’s own home or office. The course begins with a two-day intensive seminar consisting of 10 hours of didactic seminars and 2 hours of group affective experience (GAM group). The two-day intensive seminar is followed by twice monthly seminars, of 1.5 hours each, over 6 months, via phone or video link. Each 1.5 hour seminar will consist of 45 minutes of didactic learning and discussion of assigned readings, followed by 45 minutes of review and discussion of participant consultation vignettes, as described above. 

Educational Objectives

Participants will develop enhanced consultation skills. Participants will:

  • Develop skills and self-evaluate consultant competence in performing the professional role of clinical psychotherapy consultant.
  • Develop consultant metacompetence in knowing the limits of your knowledge and skills.
  • Develop self-monitoring skills of ongoing performance as a consultant to psychotherapy clinicians.
Learning Objectives will be written in relation to competencies addressed in each competency domain as outlined in the American Psychological Association “Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology.”

Program Components

All participants will attend a two-day intensive seminar by two-way secure video link. Participants will need the necessary equipment to attend via the video link. The intensive conference will include participation in a Group Affective Model group experience.

Following the intensive two-day seminar, participants will attend 12 meetings, ( 2 meetings per month, for 6 months, for 1.5 hours each) of seminar via phone or video link. The seminar will include readings, didactic discussions and case discussions.

Program Components:

  • Two-day distance learning intensive seminar
    • 6 hours didactic (4 x 1.5 hours)
    • 4 hours GAM (4 x 1 hour)
    • 2 hours closing dialouge at the end of each day (2 x 1 hour)
    • Total CE hours for the 2 day conference = 12 hours
  • Teleconference Seminars
    • 2 meetings per month for 6 months (1.5 hours each)
    • Total of 18 CE hours 
  • Total CE hours for the program = 30 hours

Applicant Requirements

  • Participants will need the necessary equipment to attend via the video link.
  • Participants will need IPI Object Relations training (CORE program)*
  • Participants will need to submit an Application (google form application) (PDF application)

The course is offered to IPI faculty, graduates, fellows and graduates of courses offered by chapters, and will apply to consultation to psychotherapists in private practice and in agency settings. Each participant is responsible for researching and verifying the scope of their practice license and applying their skills within the regulations of their relevant licensing body. Registrants in this course will earn CEUs in relation to stated objectives and a certificate of completion.

*: The course MAY be offered to those who have not trained at IPI if they have preparation in object relations theory and practice equivalent to that provided by the CORE program.

IPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap. 


Regular tuition: $850 

Discounted tuition is available for IPI National Faculty members.

To pay your tuition online click here.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit will be provided for each segment of the course. Total of 30 CE hours for the program.


Certificate: Participants are awarded a certificate of completion for the 30-hour course.

The course can be completed in 7 months.


The program certificate is not a license to supervise or consult. The course cannot meet the requirements of all states since those vary state to state and it is up to the participant to research the requirements of their own state or states. We are not training supervisors of record for unlicensed clinicians nor is any IPI registrant who takes the course authorized to meet the licensure requirement for an unlicensed clinician.

While this course might be helpful to psychoanalysts it is not a qualifying course for psychoanalytic case consultation.