Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy: Techniques of Psychodynamic Supervision

How do we as clinical consultants help our consultees develop ease and confidence in using their countertransference?

In psychodynamic psychotherapy, the relationship between patient and therapist is key to facilitating change. Therapists use their counter-transference to aid and guide their understanding of their patient’s internal world. The therapist’s use of the self develops over time, forming an essential tool in the therapy process.

The focus of this seminar is to discuss the concept of parallel process, meaning the shared experience of the patient and therapist and how this process is identified and elaborated in a psychodynamic supervision.

Clinicians providing supervision, as well as therapists interested in providing supervision, are invited to join this discussion. This seminar is appropriate for clinicians at any experience level.

Program Design:

This seminar meets 2 evenings in May, 2019, for 1.5 hours each, for a total of 3 continuing education credits.

The seminar will meet by ZOOM, an online video platform, accessible by your computer at work or home.

First Class: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. US Eastern Time

We will study the principles of psychoanalytic supervision and consultation, illustrated through clinical vignettes.

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, Presenter, Suzanne St. John, Ph.D., Chair.

Second Class: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  US Eastern Time

IPI faculty members will present a live supervision for discussion. The supervision will focus on opening up the use of the countertransference to forward the progress and expand the space for the therapeutic change, as well as illustrating the tasks of the supervisor.

Anne Taylor, LCSW, Doug Dennett, M.D. Live Supervision Presenters

Suzanne St. John, Ph.D., Chair

14 May
Principles of Psychoanalytic Supervision
Carl Bagnini
21 May
Live Supervision
Anna Taylor & Doug Dennet

Program Chair

Suzanne St. John

Educational Objectives

  • Participants will describe three tasks of the psychotherapy consultant.
  • Participants will identify three aspects of the supervisory frame used by the consultant.
  • Participants will list an example from the vignettes or discussion on how the consultant identifies parallels in the therapy and supervision process for the supervisee.


Scharff, Jill S. Theory of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Supervision. In Clinical Supervision of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Karnac Books, 2014, pp. 13-23.

Watkins, Jr., C. Edwards, (2012) Some Thoughts About Parallel Process and Psychotherapy Supervision: When Is A Parallel Just a Parallel? Psychotherapy, Vol. 49, No.3, pp.344-346.

Optional Readings:

Jesse ,O. and Hilsenroth M. (2011) Interaction between Alliance and Technique in Predicting Patient Outcome during Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Vol. 199, No.5, pp.384-389.

Kaplan, A. (2011) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Times, Vol. 27, No. 12.

Tuition and Fees


Continuing Education Credit

3 hours CE credit
(for attending both sessions)

Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.

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