Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Didactic Videoconference

There’s Always Something: Clinical Challenges and Dilemmas is an eight-session seminar held by online video conference.  The seminar meets on Friday mornings from 8:00 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.

No matter our level of training or the number of years of our experience, there is always something! There is always a challenge or a dilemma to perplex, bedevil, and keep us awake at night and off balance during the day. Module IV of the IPI Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program will address the challenges that culture, time, love, hate, fear, clinical failure, technology, passion, loneliness, and endings present in the clinical situation.

The seminars are designed to teach an understanding of clinical challenge at both the feeling and cognitive levels for both the therapist and patient and the empirical research that supports successful interventions.

Program Date(s):

January 11, 2019 - April 19, 2019
11 Jan
Locating Ourselves, Locating the Other
18 Jan
When Time Stands Still: Blocked and Stalled Therapies
08 Feb
You Are No Help At All: Negative Therapeutic Reaction
15 Feb
The Crocodile and the Clock: When Therapy is Brief
08 Mar
Screen Dreams: Skype, Internet, and TV
22 Mar
If I Loved You: Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences
05 Apr
Me, Myself, and I: Therapist Self-Disclosures
19 Apr
Finito, Yes or No: Termination Challenges

Educational Objectives

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

  • Identify haunting memories in clinical material and apply the concept to traumatic experiences in the clinical situation.
  • Define clinical impasse and its clinical implications and impacts.
  • List three examples of a negative therapeutic reaction and three examples of a therapist’s response to the clinical situation
  • Define what is meant by brief therapy and give an example of the circumstances in which it is clinically indicated.
  • Define digital transference and list two clinical examples of the phenomena.
  • List three examples of a patient’s erotic transference and list two ways in which a therapist might respond in a manner that facilitates development.
  • List three considerations that might inform a therapist’s decision to self-disclose and three considerations against self-disclosure.
  • Identify two reasons for difficulties terminating a therapy and two ways in which a clinician might respond to facilitate understanding and development.

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 $360.

Program Chair

Sheila Hill, MSW

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