Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic consultation and supervision skills: online course includes readings, discussions, case examples, individual and group supervision settings, CE credits, and integration of the learning using the group affective model.

This educational program is designed 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 practitioners who might or might not be enrolled in a training program.  The IPI program provides education in consultation skills.

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, in which 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 Date(s):

October 26, 2018

Program Faculty

Charles Ashbach, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD
IPI National Faculty

Sue Cebulko, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD
IPI National Faculty

Pat Hedegard, LMHC
IPI National Faculty

Mary Jo Pisano, PhD
IPI National Faculty

James Poulton, PhD
IPI National Faculty

David E. Scharff, MD
IPI National Faculty

Jill Savege Scharff, MD
IPI National Faculty

Caroline M. Sehon, MD
IPI National Faculty

Michael Stadter, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Suzanne St. John, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Janine Wanlass, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Program Components

All participants will attend a two-day intensive seminar by two-way secure video link, requiring only a computer and internet access. 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 video link. The seminar will include readings, didactic discussions, and case discussions.


The Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy Program is a 30-hour course, to be completed in 7 months, using ZOOM, an online, two-way video platform. 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) each day. The two-day intensive seminar is followed by twice monthly seminars, of 1.5 hours each, over 6 months, using ZOOM. 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.

Course Requirements

  • Participants will need the necessary equipment to attend via the video link.
  • Participants will need to submit an application
  • Telephone interview
  • The course is offered to IPI faculty, graduates, fellows and graduates of courses offered by chapters, and will apply to consultation with psychotherapists in private practice and in agency settings. Registrants in this course will earn CEUs in relation to stated objectives and a certificate of completion.

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.

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.

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

Educational Objectives

Participants will:

  • Develop skills and self-evaluate consultant competence in performing the professional role of clinical psychotherapy consultant.
  • Develop consultant metacompetence in identifying 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.”

Continuing Education Credit

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

Two-day distance learning intensive seminar

  • 6 hours didactic (4 x 1.5 hours)
  • 4 hours GAM (4 x 1 hour)
  • 2 hours closing dialogue 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


Participants will need IPI Object Relations training (CORE program). 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.


Admissions Chairs: Karen Fraley LCSW & Suzanne St. John Ph.D.

Accepting Applications – Apply Online

Tuition and Fees

Regular Tuition: $850

Discounted tuition is available for IPI National Faculty members.

Program Chair

Karen Fraley, LCSW and Suzanne St. John, PhD

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

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