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.
Apply Now – applications will be open until August 31, 2022 or until the 10 person class limit is reached.
Come study with the IPI online to learn psychoanalytic psychotherapy consultation and supervision skills. Class teaching employs a secure video platform (Zoom), limiting class size to 10 participants to optimize a close-in study of theory and technique of psychoanalytic psychotherapy consultation. A certificate is provided upon the successful completion of the course (19 CE Credits). Readings are provided to all students for group discussions. Faculty and participant vignettes are utilized to apply new skills with individual mentoring provided to all participants to prepare for the seminar. Students will also gain an experience of the Group Affective Model throughout the program to integrate the affective and cognitive dimensions of learning at an unconscious level.
This program is intended for psychoanalytic psychotherapists who are consulting to, and supervising, other psychotherapists, and wishing to deepen their consultation and supervision skills. While this course may be helpful to psychoanalysts wishing to hone their skills as supervisors or consultants, the course does not credential psychoanalysts as supervising psychoanalysts. Although this program does not require the student to have obtained a prior or current personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, it is recommended that participants experience their own psychotherapy or psychoanalysis in order to resonate most effectively with the unconscious field operative in such supervisory work.
Suzanne St. John, PhD
Program Date(s):October 7, 2022
Information below is from 2021-2022 Academic year
Academic Year 2022-2023 will follow a similar format. Final program updates should be available June 2022
Participants will attend a one-day intensive seminar by a two-way secure video link, requiring only a computer or laptop and internet access. The intensive seminar will include 2 classes and 2 Group Affective Model group experiences. Classes will include readings, class discussion and a faculty and participant vignette.
All participants are expected to present a consultation vignette.
Following the intensive one-day seminar, participants will attend 8 additional classes, and 2 more GAM groups. All classes will include readings faculty and participant vignettes, and class discussion.
One-Day Intensive Schedule
Friday Oct 8, 2021 9:00am-3:30pm US ET
Monday Evenings at 7:00pm US ET
- Participants will require the necessary telemetric equipment to attend via the video link (computer, web camera, internet).
- An application will need to be submitted and approved prior to commencing the course.
- Participants will be expected to have obtained the fundamental knowledge of Object Relations Theory and Practice
- Participants will need to attend all classes and GAM groups in order to obtain a certificate of completion. Participants who do not attend the complete program will receive CE credits but not the certificate.
- 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.
- Each participant must be consulting at least 1 hour per week to fully participate in this program.
The program certificate is NOT a license to supervise or consult. The course cannot meet the requirements of all states since those vary from 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 licensure requirement for an unlicensed clinician.
Overall Program Objectives
- Develop skills and self-evaluate consultant competence in performing the professional of psychanalytic psychotherapy consultant.
- Develop consultant metacompetence at recognizing the limits of your knowledge and skills.
- Develop self-monitoring skills in role as consultant to psychotherapy clinicians.
Review of Object Relations for Therapy and Consultation.
- Describe one example of the “analytic field” as demonstrated through the faculty clinical vignette withtheir supervisee.
- Identify one example in which the patient’s primary issues and concerns are reflected in the therapist/consultant communication.
GAM Group #1:
- Drawing on the small group experience, identify one example of the group leader offering containment and reflective thinking of consultant concerns in exposing their work and themselves.
The Theory and Practice of Internal Objects in Therapy and Consultation.
- Identify one example in which Ogden contributes to the understanding of internal objects in therapyand consultation.
- Describe an example which has expanded theory and technique in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic consultation as demonstrated in the faculty vignette.
GAM Group #2:
- Describe one way in which the small group affective learning experience helped you to integrate Ogden’s theoretical approach into your psychoanalytic psychotherapy consultation skills.
Principles of Attachment and Bonding in Therapy and Consultation
- Identify an example of how the use of attachment experiences enables the therapist and consultant togain access to the patient’s emotions and unconscious.
- Describe an example of an unconscious element that the therapist/consultant dyad can identify in the patient’s treatment.
Systems of Internal Objects Unconsciously in Therapy and Consultation to Form the Dynamic Field.
- Identify one example of a “set” of internal objects that can experienced by patient, therapist, and consultant.
- Describe one example of a “set” of internal objects that can form the dynamic field in therapy and consultation.
Self and Object: Therapist and Consultant in a System of Mutual Projective and Introjective Identification.
- Describe one example of patient, therapist, and consultant in a system of mutual projective and introjective identification that form a “triangular” or “parallel” process.
- Identify one example of consultant containment for the unsolved problem that is blocking the treatment between patient and therapist.
Assessment of Patient Symbolic Function in Therapy and Consultation
- Describe one example of a patient’s symbolic or lack of and the resulting experience for thetherapist/consultant to understand for the treatment.
- Explain the development of a “waking dream” state in the therapist and consultant to discover the“characters” that emerge in the patient’s treatment.
GAM Group #3:
- Discuss one way in which the small group affective learning experience helped to integrate your understanding of the concepts and skills being demonstrated in the class with your experience as psychoanalytic consultation.
- Explain your emotional responses to the theoretical and clinical material presented in the last several classes and your integration or lack of integration of the learning.
The Development of Containment through the Establishment of the Concept of the Analytic Field.
- Identify one example of containment established in the patient-therapist relationship by thetherapist-consultant relationship.
- Describe one example of how the consultant can support the therapist in the development of proto-visual thought elements and proto-emotional feelings in following the flow of the patient’s session and treatment.
Resistance: Unconscious Elements that Protect the Patient/Therapist and Therapist/Consultant.
- Describe one example of how the consultant can identify resistance for the therapist throughunderstanding of the emergence of an evacuation element in the patient’s treatment.
- Identify the role of “reverie” in the consultant in which images can lead toward the therapist’s and patient’s hidden unconscious world.
The Role of Consultant and Finding One’s Subjective Voice as Consultant
- Describe one example of the consultant identifying the “iatrogenic” dual influences within the pairof the therapist-consultant.
- Identify one example of the consultant use of their emotions and imagination to expand the links between conscious and unconscious states to support the therapist.
Question of limits, of Self-Disclosure, Separation, Mourning andTermination.
- Identify one example of the separation and mourning process of the therapist-consultanttermination.Describe an example of the consultant constructing “private space” to gain access to support thetherapist.
GAM Group # 4.
- Evaluate your emotional and intellectual learning of the course objectives as a result of your vignette presentation experience, faculty vignettes, didactic material, class discussions and the GAM group.
Application Form – due August 31, 2022 (class size is limited to 10 participants)
Charles Ashbach PhD
Karen Fraley LCSW, BCD
Matthew Rosa MD
Kelly Seim LCSW
Suzanne St. John PhD (chair)
Continuing Education Credit Hours
This course provides 19 CE credits
- 10 classes at 1.5 hrs
- 4 GAM groups at 1 hr
Tuition and Fees
Regular tuition: $575
IPI Member tuition: $488
Limited scholarship funds are available for this training: https://theipi.org/scholarships/
Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits.
HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]
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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 #SW-0299.
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.