“The Therapeutic Frame” Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Didactic Videoconference

An eight-session seminar held by online video conference.  The seminar meets on Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. US Eastern Time. The first hour is a lecture/discussion seminar designed around assigned readings.  The second hour is a discussion of a case presentation and the application of the theory, technique, and research findings that apply to the patient.

The seminar meets over the internet as a live class using Zoom, a free video conference application that can be used on computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective form of treatment, as shown in numerous studies involving thousands of patients. However, many clinicians have had little exposure to it in their post-graduate training.


The Fall 2019 didactic seminar, “The Therapeutic Frame” is designed to give you a deep understanding of some important foundational psychodynamic concepts and techniques, including how to think like a psychodynamic therapist, how to understand and formulate cases, how to set up the treatment to facilitate deep work, and how to focus in therapy on the processes that facilitate change. Readings and case presentations will form the basis of our discussions. You will also experience IPI’s unique way of integrating cognitive and affective responses to the material.

Program Date(s):

September 13, 2019 - December 20, 2019
13 Sep
Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis?
20 Sep
Creating the Therapeutic Environment I
11 Oct
The Psychodynamic Sensibility
25 Oct
Creating the Therapeutic Environment II
01 Nov
Case Formulation I
22 Nov
Case Formulation II
13 Dec
An IPI Attitude
20 Dec
Therapeutic Action

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Participants will be able to describe one difference between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
    2. Participants will be able to discuss one aspect of the experience of listening to a patient’s narrative on two levels (conscious and unconscious) at the same time.
    3. Participants will be able to:
      • report two observations of their experience of listening to their own and their patients’ body sensations as these are manifested in session;
      • explain how these sensations represent primitive mental states (the autistic-contiguous position).
    4. Participants will be able to define the term “break in the frame” and list 3 examples of this.
    5. Participants will be able to:
      • Explain how and why the pronouns a patient uses can help a clinician assess the patient’s level of psychological functioning;
      • explain one indicator of difficulty;
      • create a formulation of the work to be undertaken.
    6. Participants will be able to discuss one indication of a patient’s sense of self-awareness or its absence.
    7. Participants will be able to describe two examples of a movie, TV show, novel, song, or comic strip that illustrates a situation similar to a patient’s narrative.
    8. Participants will be able to compare the experience of listening with benevolence to the experience of listening with fear.

Continuing Education Credit

The eight-session seminar provides 16 hours CE credit.


Please use the Register button above to sign up for the single semester videoconference.  To apply for the full Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program, click here for the application form.

Tuition and Fees

Seminar registration fee is $428.

Program Chair

Stephen Morris, PhD

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