Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Everyday Terms

This seminar can help participants improve their professional and personal lives by enhancing their understanding of unconscious processes and psychodynamics in many contexts.

2023-2024 Academic Year



Course Description

Beginning on October 4, 2023 the International Psychotherapy Institute will present a 12-session course designed for graduate students in a mental health discipline, recently graduated mental health professionals, and beginning psychotherapists who want to know more about the psychoanalytic perspective and its relevance to psychotherapy, daily life, and relationships.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an effective and empirically validated treatment modality for a broad range of psychological complaints and disorders, is a well-developed system of theory and technique that focuses on the role unconscious processes play in the generation of problematic behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

This course, which will include lectures, discussions of readings, and clinical case presentations, will be delivered in everyday language, and will utilize everyday situations to illustrate the utility of thinking in terms of such foundational analytic concepts as the unconscious, defense mechanisms, transference and countertransference, and the role trauma plays in the formation of the mind.

The course revolves around Hannah Curtis’s book, Everyday life and the unconscious mind (2015), which was written with the express purpose of providing a non-technical journey through the basics of the psychodynamic view of human beings and their relations with each other. Readings will be assigned and completed before each class.

This seminar can help participants improve their professional and personal lives by enhancing their understanding of unconscious processes and psychodynamics in many contexts.

Participants can join the live Zoom classes from their computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Program Chair

Lorrie Peters, LCSW

Program Date(s):

October 4, 2023 - April 17, 2024

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2023-2024 Course Schedule

Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

04 Oct
The background to the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the mind
chapter 1
18 Oct
Trauma (including covid)
chapter 2
08 Nov
chapter 3
06 Dec
Clinical Case Presentation
IPI Object Relations Theory and Practice program graduate presenter
10 Jan
Defense Mechanisms
chapter 4
24 Jan
Remembering, repeating, and working through
chapter 5
07 Feb
Clinical Case Presentation
IPI Object Relations Theory and Practice program graduate presenter
21 Feb
Envy, Guilt, and Shame
chapter 6
06 Mar
chapter 7
20 Mar
Clinical Case Presentation
current IPI Object Relations Theory and Practice student
03 Apr
Countertransference – the response to transference
chapter 8
17 Apr
Projective Identification
chapter 9

Program Faculty

All sessions taught by current IPI faculty, with clinical case presentations by students or graduates of the Certificate Program in Object Relations Theory and Practice, as indicated on the schedule.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

This course provides 12 hours of CE credit.


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Tuition and Fees

Course fee: $365

Discounted fee for IPI Full and Associate Members: $310

Attendance Policy

The IPI is an APA-approved provider (sponsor) of continuing education (CE) credit that specifies standards by which CE credits can be awarded for learning activities. The APA only awards CE credit for actual instructional time, and variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded. IPI expects 100% attendance for a student to receive CE credit. A student enrolled in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Everyday Terms would not receive credit for the course unless the student were to attend all of the classes within that academic year. Attendance records are maintained by the faculty at each class. In the very rare instance when a student would have to miss a class, that student would be expected to complete a make-up assignment with specified learning objectives, as part of IPI’s adherence to APA standards for awarding credit. Missing more than one session or failing to do the homework for the 1 missed session may result in 0 CE credits being awarded.

Membership Benefits

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. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

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

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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 authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. 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.