“Generating Psychic Structure” 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.

In the spring 2020 didactic seminar, Generating Psychic Structure, you will learn how interpersonal processes become internalized and create the structure of the conscious and unconscious mind. Through readings, discussions, and case presentations you will gain a deeper understanding of core object relations concepts including internalization, identification, mentalization, splitting, repression, projective identification, and containment. You will learn how to use these concepts to understand patients at a deep level and how this understanding can enrich and deepen your work with them. You will also experience IPI’s unique way of integrating cognitive and affective responses to the material.

You may enroll in this semester, Module II,  even if you have not taken Module I.

Looking for the full Psychodynamic Psychotherapy certificate program? Click here.

Program Chair

Stephen Morris, PhD

Program Date(s):

January 10, 2020 - May 8, 2020
10 Jan
James Poulton, PhD
24 Jan
Norma Caruso, PsyD
07 Feb
Modes of Structuring Experience I
Sheila Hill, MSW
14 Feb
Modes of Structuring Experience II
Charles Ashbach, PhD
13 Mar
Mentalization and Its Failure
Mike Stadter, PhD
27 Mar
Splitting and Repression
Michael Kaufman, LPC
17 Apr
Projective Identification
Patrizia Pallaro, LCMFT, BC-DMT
08 May
Containment and Projective Identification
Sheila Hill, MSW

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Define the process of internalization and provide two clinical examples.
  2. Define the process of identification and provide two examples.
  3. Name the two principles of mental functioning and provide an example of each.
  4. Describe the depressive position and provide a clinical example.
  5. Describe the paranoid-schizoid position and provide a clinical example.
  6. Describe the autistic-contiguous position and provide a clinical example.
  7. Describe sensuous, nonverbal functioning and give an example of how this can manifest in a session.
  8. Describe the difference between an object used as a thing and an object used as a symbol.
  9. Define the term “transitional object” and provide an example.
  10. Describe the process of introjection and provide an example.

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.

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