Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PPP) Videoconference

Distance Learning program to address important foundational psychodynamic concepts and techniques in individual psychotherapy.

Fall 2021: The Therapeutic Frame

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 a no-cost, secure Zoom videoconference platform that can be used on any device: 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 Therapeutic Frame (Module I of the IPI Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program)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.

You may enroll in this course even if you have never participated in a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy videoconference.

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

Program Chair

Stephen Morris, PhD

Program Date(s):

September 10, 2021 - December 17, 2021

The Therapeutic Frame

10 Sep
Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis?
Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD
24 Sep
Creating the Therapeutic Environment I
08 Oct
Creating the Therapeutic Environment II
Sheila Hill, LCSW
22 Oct
The Psychodynamic Sensibility
Michael Stadter, PhD
29 Oct
Case Formulation I
Walton Ehrhardt, EdD
19 Nov
Case Formulation II
Jill Scharff, MD
10 Dec
An IPI Attitude
Jim Poulton, PhD
17 Dec
Therapeutic Action
Steve Morris, PhD

Educational Objectives

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

  1. describe one difference between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
  2. discuss one aspect of the experience of listening to a patient’s narrative on two levels (fact and fiction) at the same time.
    • 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).
  3. define the term “break in the frame” and list 3 examples of this.
    • Name one pronoun that can be used to assess the patient’s level of functioning;
    • Explain one indicator of difficulty
    • Create a formulation of the work to be undertaken.
  4. discuss one indication of a patient’s sense of self-awareness or its absence.
  5. describe two examples of a movie, TV show, novel, song, or comic strip that illustrates a situation similar to a patient’s narrative.
  6. compare the experience of listening with benevolence to the experience of listening with fear.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

The eight-session seminar provides 16 hours CE credit.

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 Program (PPP) would not receive credit for a module or semester (a unit of instruction) unless the student were to attend all of the classes within that particular module or semester. Attendance records are maintained by the PPP 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.


Please use the Register button above the course schedule to sign up for the single semester videoconference. Registration will close Sept 9, 2021.

To apply for the full Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program, click here for the application form

Applications for the Academic Certificate or Clinical Certificate Program are now being accepted for Fall 2021.

Tuition and Fees

Registration fee is $440.

Discounted registration for Full and Associate IPI Members $375.

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 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.

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.