The IPI Blog

International Psychotherapy Institute blog, issues relating to psychodynamic psychotherapy, object relations theory and technique, psychoanalysis.

The Two Kinds of COVID Couples

The pandemic can draw couples closer—or push them apart. Here’s why. I’m a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst specializing in couples and family therapy. Like many people across the world, many of the couples I work with have been struggling through the hardest year of their lives. People who maintained their marriages by spending very little time …

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Scholarship Information

IPI is happy to announce a limited scholarship fund for the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in donating to our scholarship fund, please click here: https://theipi.org/about-ipi/donate-to-ipi/ If you would like to apply for a scholarship to attend one of our programs or courses, please use this form. Loading…

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Returning to In-Person Treatment During COVID-19 – If, When, and How

Original August 4, 2020 Revised January 16, March 11, April 29, 2021   Dear Colleagues,   If you’re thinking about returning to in-person work, or have already done so, we hope you will find these ideas helpful. This is a long document, so here are the key areas:   Maintaining uncertainty Different practices & risk tolerances …

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For Some Psychotherapists, the Work Has Always Been Virtual

A therapist shares knowledge gained from two decades of teaching online. Familiarity with the experience of online therapy can help ameliorate stress, both on therapists and our patients. Online learning opportunities abound for mental health professionals, particularly in this era. The ongoing stressors of the pandemic will affect individuals, couples, and families differently. It has …

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How the Light Gets In: Contemporary Understanding and Treatment of Trauma

 A lecture-discussion by Dominique Scarfone  Today is Saturday April, 10, 2021, and I am at the IPI Saturday morning guest lecture by Dominic Scarfone. I am sitting here in my Zoom window along with clinician colleagues from thirteen countries (Austria, Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Phillipines, Romania, and South Africa) …

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The Boulder Tragedy

Karen Mohatt, March 24, 2021 A day after the latest shooting and tragedy in Boulder, CO I was thankful to still be home-officing because my office is only 4 blocks from that King Sooper’s Store.  I used to go to the Starbucks located inside for coffee or tea.  Boulder does have a small town feel …

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On the Intersectionality of Racism and Sexism

Jill Savege Scharff   I am sitting in my home office, in front of my Zoom screen, where I sit often these days.  But today is a special day.  I am attending an IPI virtual conference that is timely and of much importance to therapists and psychoanalysts.  The conference is called “Be Thoughtful and Act: …

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Reflections of the IPI Weekend Conference by Dra. Iraira Butcher 

Be Thoughtful and Act: Confronting Racism Inside and Outside of Our Minds Reflections of the IPI Weekend Conference by Dra. Iraira Butcher    After finding much needed containment in the approximately biweekly town hall meetings with IPI and after the recent escalation in my frustration due to my inability to find a space to explore …

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Recent IPI Faculty Publications

Change across a completed analysis assessed using a modified Three-Level Model Jill Savege Scharff & Pat Hedegard The authors present their design for a clinical teaching exercise to study transformation in psychoanalysis. They chose a completed analysis from which to select the sessions retrospectively so that the clinical review exercise would not influence ongoing analytic …

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Some thoughts about the transition to an online weekend conference  

Jill Savege Scharff Because of physical distancing to combat COVID-19, the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) moved its April weekend conference on sex and gender and its student graduation ceremony from the usual site in Rockville to IPI’s 1000-capacity Zoom room online.  I thought it was a good decision, and I planned to be there.  I …

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