Psychoanalytic Supervision Seminar

Competency-based Psychoanalytic Supervision Seminar via Zoom videoconference. Second Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30pm US ET. November 2022 - February 2024

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As an analyst immersed in clinical psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic education, 3-5 years post-graduation from an APSA, IPA or ACPEinc institute, are you considering applying to be a supervising analyst?

You will find essential preparation for this new role in this IIPT psychoanalytic supervision course of 16-sessions, 1.5 hours each, on the second Tuesdays of each month from November 2022 to February 2024.

Earn 24 CE Credits (including 1.5 Hours Ethics and 1.5 Hours Cultural Competence)

Over the months of the course, we will present our model for conceptualizing supervisor competence and metacompetence in psychoanalytic education and another model for comparison. We will make a bridge from psychotherapy supervision skill to psychoanalytic supervision competence. We will discuss how to assess the candidate’s learning needs, communicate them clearly, evoke a self-supervising attitude, engage in mutual evaluation, and complete a written competency-based evaluation form.  With clinical illustrations we will study the management of resistance to learning, professionalism, ethical and regulatory aspects of supervision, and the use of reverie and resonance of dynamics among patient to analyst to supervisor to understand transference and countertransference.  We will attend to the supervisory situation in the beginning, middle and late phases of an analysis, and explore all its elements, taking account of authority, culture and diversity issues affecting the supervisory relationship, and addressing the task of dealing with incompetence.  We close with a session on mentoring the case-writing process.  Using a combination of reading seminars and presentation of supervision processes by both course faculty and participants, our aim is to create a collegial learning environment, respecting the skills that graduate analysts bring while seeking to enhance their potential to offer excellent supervision.

Program Chair

Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP, and Yolanda Varela PhD

Program Date(s):

November 8, 2022 - February 13, 2024


  • The course will meet for 16, 90 minute sessions from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • The course runs from Tuesday, November 8, 2022 through February 6, 2024
  • The course is for analysts who are three to five years post-graduation, immersed in clinical psychoanalysis, and who want to prepare as supervising analysts in a couple of years
  • When a presentation is included, the first part of the seminar will deal with discussion of the readings and the second part with material from supervision.
  • Conducted on Zoom. The Zoom room number will be provided upon registration
  • Course participants and teaching analysts may contribute as presenters of examples of supervision from psychotherapy or as reading discussion leaders
  • Collegial atmosphere with faculty and participants learning together
  • A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who finish the course.
  • Completing the course is a prerequisite for being a supervising analyst at IIPT, but some applicants may wish to begin the application process before the course has ended.

Course Chairs:

The course is directed by supervising analysts Jill Scharff, IPI (IIPT, APSA) and Yolanda Varela, IPI (Panamanian Provisional Society, IPA, and IIPT, APSA) who provide continuity.  They designed the course based on their integration of the domains of competence and particularly metacompetence for graduating analysts, suggested by the APA and the ABP.

Teaching each Seminar:

IIPT supervising faculty and adjunct supervising faculty make presentations of theory and supervision and take responsibility for the learning in the class. Participants also make presentations of their supervision experiences and take leadership in reviewing the reading assignments


Course Participants:

The course participants are psychoanalysts approximately 5 years post-graduation from an ACPEinc., APSA or IPA training institute who may be asked to become a supervising analyst for candidates in the future or who wish to augment their psychoanalytic psychotherapy consultation or supervision.  Candidates in psychoanalytic training are not authorized to practice psychoanalysis except when in regular “psychoanalytic supervision”.  In recognition of post-graduate experience, course participants are assigned functions as reading discussion leaders and as presenters of material from their supervision of psychotherapists. We want to function as a group of learners working together in a collegial environment.

Policy on Presentation of Supervisory Material in the Supervision Seminar

When supervision material is presented in the seminar, our focus is on the process of the supervision and the function of the supervisor in different aspects and phases of the supervision experience, and not on the supervisee.  All supervision material must be disguised, encrypted and password protected.  When IIPT supervising analysts and prospective supervising analysts present current material from the supervision of a candidate or IPI program participant, they will keep the supervisee’s identity anonymous and will not present work with any supervisee whose patient is an IPI participant.  If the presented material represents an ethical or boundary conflict for any participants, they should recuse themselves from that session.   This policy is in keeping with our tradition of respect for trainees and supervisors who are willing to share their experience with us.

Psychoanalytic Supervision Seminar Schedule

2nd Tuesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:30pm US ET

08 Nov
Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback
Jill Scharff and Yolanda Varela
13 Dec
The Columbia supervision project
Janine Wanlass
10 Jan
Bridging Supervision of Psychotherapy to Supervision of Psychoanalysis
Lea Setton
14 Feb
The Supervisory Situation
Sue Cebulko
14 Mar
Diversity and Cultural Humility
Colleen Sandor
11 Apr
Supervisor Competence in Beginnings
Pat Hedegard
09 May
Metacompetence in Psychoanalytic Supervision
Caroline Sehon
13 Jun
Professionalism of the Analyst
Stan Tsigounis
11 Jul
Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Considerations
Jill Scharff
08 Aug
Supervision of the Middle Phase of Psychoanalysis
Yolanda Varela
12 Sep
The Use of Reverie in Supervision
Yolanda Varela
10 Oct
Supervisor Competence and Metacompetence
Jill Scharff
14 Nov
Supervision of the End-Phase of Psychoanalysis
David Scharff
12 Dec
Problems of Professional Competence
Karen Mohatt
09 Jan
Mentoring Analytic Case Report Writing
Sharon Dennett
13 Feb
Wrap Up and Review: Competence in supervision
Yolanda Varela and Jill Scharff

Program Faculty

Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP
IIPT supervising analyst, founding Chair IIPT, and IPI Combined Child Analytic and Child Psychotherapy Program, and Chair IIPT Faculty Development Committee, Chevy Chase MD

Yolanda Varela PhD
IIPT supervising analyst and supervising analyst, founding member, and past Chair Panamanian (IPA provisional) Society of Psychoanalysis, Panama City RP

Sue Cebulko PhD
IIPT teaching analyst, past Co-Chair IIPT, Indianapolis IN

Sharon Dennett MSW, FIPA
IIPT supervising analyst, former Chair IIPT, Burlington VT

Pat Hedegard LMHC
IIPT supervising analyst and former Chair Faculty Development Committee, Indianapolis IN

Karen Mohatt PsyD
IIPT teaching analyst, Chair IIPT Candidate Progress Committee, and Director IPI Infant Observation Course, Boulder, CO

Bob Rovner PhD
IIPT supervising analyst, former Chair Candidate Progress Committee. Chevy Chase MD

Colleen Sandor PhD
IIPT teaching analyst, Past Co-Chair, IIPT, Salt Lake City, UT

David Scharff MD, FABP
IIPT supervising analyst, IPI Co-founder and Board Chair Emeritus, Chevy Chase MD

Caroline Sehon MD, FABP
IIPT supervising analyst and former Chair IIPT, Director IPI, Bethesda MD, Exec. Comm Board member, APsaA

Lea Setton PhD
IIPT supervising analyst and/ founding member/supervising analyst Panamanian (IPA provisional) Society of Psychoanalysis, Panama City RP

Stan Tsigounis PhD
IIPT supervising analyst and former Chair IIPT. Tampa, FL

Janine Wanlass PhD
IIPT teaching analyst, Chair IPI Combined Child Analytic and Child Psychotherapy Program, Salt Lake City UT

Educational Objectives

Overall Course Objectives:

Prospective supervising analysts will be able to …

  • Supervise a candidate who is analyzing a first patient
  • Supervise a candidate during the opening, middle, and end phases
  • Apply the principles of the APA’s seven domains of competence and metacompetence to the supervision of psychoanalysis:
    • Demonstrate supervisor competence, performing the professional role of psychoanalytic supervisor within the standards of psychoanalytic practice and supervision in distance education; and demonstrate supervisor metacompetence, knowing the limits of their knowledge and skill and self-monitoring ongoing performance as a supervisor
    • Apply knowledge of the impact of cultural diversity in all its forms when supervising and approach learning from the supervisee in an attitude of cultural humility.
    • Develop an empathic facilitating supervisory relationship with awareness of transference, countertransference, and triadic processes between analysand/supervisee/supervisor and between supervisee/supervisor, supervisee’s analyst, the Candidate Progression Committee and other interfaces with the training institution.
    • Establish a clear contract, boundaries, and expectations of the task in opening, middle, and end phase of the supervised analysis
    • Assess the candidate’s learning needs, communicate them clearly, evoke a self-supervising attitude, engage in mutual evaluation, complete a written competency-based evaluation form, and mentor analytic case writing.
    • Seek consultation, develop remediation, and know when to counsel out.
    • Apply an ethical stance in relation to local laws of supervisor and candidate.

Detailed learning objectives for each session will be sent to registered participants.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

24 CE Credits

(includes 1.5 Hours Ethics and 1.5 Hours Cultural Competence)


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Tuition and Fees

General Registration: $725

IPI Member Registration: $615

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at any level and you will have the option of adding on a 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 an optional add on for all IPI 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 “+ Zoom Pro” 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 “+ Zoom Pro” 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.