Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Consultation Program

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.

New Seminar on Essential Elements in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Consultation begins October, 2020

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This program is intended for Therapists who wish to act as Consultants to other Therapists.

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 program will begin with a two day (Friday and Saturday) Intensive meeting by Zoom online video on September 27th and 28th (9:00 am-5:30 pm US ET, with scheduled breaks and time for lunch) followed by twice monthly online seminar meetings on Tuesday evening (with the exception of November when there is one meeting only) from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm US ET.  Seminar dates are October 15, 29, November 12, December 3, 7, 2019 and January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 3, 17 and 31, 2020.
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 Chair

Suzanne St. John, PhD

2019-2020 Course Schedule

Program meets by Zoom online videoconference. Two day intensive meets September 27-28, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. US ET. Seminars Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. US ET

27 Sep
28 Sep
15 Oct
29 Oct
12 Nov
03 Dec
17 Dec
07 Jan
21 Jan
04 Feb
18 Feb
03 Mar
17 Mar
31 Mar

Program Faculty

Charles Ashbach, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD
IPI National Faculty

Nancy Bakalar, M.D.
IPI National Faculty

Sue Cebulko, PhD
IPI National Faculty & co-chair IIPT

Douglas Dennett, M.D.
IPI National Faculty

Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD
IPI National Faculty

Sheila Hill, M.S.W.
IPI National Faculty

Michael Stadter, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Suzanne St. John, PhD
IPI National Faculty

Anne Taylor, LCSW
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, laptop, tablet or smart phone, camera/microphone 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 via videolink, (2 meetings per month, 1.5 hours each, for seven months, with the exception of November where there is one class). The seminar will include readings, didactic discussions, and case discussions.


The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Consultation 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). 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
  • Interview by Zoom online videoconferencing
  • Registrants in this course will earn CE credit 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

Overall Program 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.

Specific Learning Objectives:

Participants will:
Class 1: Describe three ways that consultation skills differ than psychotherapy skills.
Class 2: Identify three components of a psychodynamic frame for consultation.
Review: Describe two common problems that might occur in a psychotherapy supervisory relationship and two strategies for addressing such problems.
Class 3: List three ways to develop the consultee’s use of psychological space for listening and reflecting.
Class 4: Discuss two ways a consultant might assist a consultee in working with dream material.
Review: Define two potential problems in the consultee’s use of the countertransference in the consultation process and two ways to resolve the problems.
Class 5: Define parallel process in the consultation relationship and provide a clinical example of this process.
Class 6: Identify three techniques from a psychodynamic frame that are central to working with culturally diverse individuals.
Class 7: Demonstrate the ability to effectively use a process recording of a consultation session to engage the consultee in recognizing potential projective identifications in the parallel process.
Class 8: Drawing from clinical case material, Identify two possible sources for collusion between the consultee and the consultant.
Class 9: Describe two ways the supervisory triad (supervisor, therapist, patient) might influence a therapists’s work with the patient.
Class 10: List three techniques to foster the development of the supervisee’s internal supervision process.
Class 11: List two factors that can contribute to conflict within the supervision/consulting relationship.
Class 12: Demonstrate two essential skills in assessing the consultee’s learning needs, communicating them clearly, and evoking a self-supervising attitude.
Class 13: List three reasons a supervisee might fail to learn from supervision and three interventions for remediation.
Class 14: Identify two ethical issues in providing consultation in relation to local laws of consultant and consultee.
Class 15: List 3 steps in a successful end phase and termination of a consultation.
Class 16: Review Describe two aspects of a self-monitoring stance in evaluating the effectiveness of one’s consultation skills.

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 Groups (4 x 1 hour)
  • 2 hours review at the end of each day (2 x 1 hour)
  • Total CE hours for the 2-day conference = 12 hours

Videoconference Seminars

  • 12 meetings (1.5 hours each: nine meetings are 1.5 hours didactic; three meetings are 30 minutes didactic and one hour GAM group)
  • Total of 18 CE hours

Total CE hours for the program = 30 hours


Admissions Committee and Zoom Interviews:

Charles Ashbach

Carl Bagnini

Doug Dennett

Karen Fraley

Kelly Seim

Suzanne St. John

Anne Taylor

Accepting Applications – Apply Online

Tuition and Fees

Regular Tuition: $850

Discounted tuition is available for IPI National Faculty members.

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

Suzann St. John, PhD -