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

Educational Objectives


Class 1: The Psychodynamic Sensibility

  1. Participants will be able to list and define at least 4 characteristics of the psychodynamic sensibility.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the difference between mourning and melancholia.

Class 2: Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis

  1. Participants will be able to describe four of the nine key psychoanalytic assumptions in Lemma’s list.
  2. Participants will be able to list and describe two types of attachment and their connection to caregiving as originally delineated by Bowlby.

Class 3: Creating the Therapeutic Environment I 

  1. Participants will be able to describe at least one way in which attention to bodily sensations can be used to expand understanding of a patient’s subjectivity in a session.
  2. Participants will be able to identify one aspect of their therapeutic frame that contributes to being able to listen to their own and/or their patients embodied subjectivity.

Class 4: Creating the Therapeutic Environment II 

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least one way in which the frame “weeps”.
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least two elements of the formal frame.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least two elements of the therapist’s “internal setting.”

Class 5: Case Formulation I 

  1. Participants will discuss at least 3 common elements of a psychodynamic assessment.
  2. Participants will describe 2 effective uses of the therapist’s countertransference in the assessment process.

Class 6: Case Formulation II

  1. Participants will describe 2 ways that a psychodynamic formulation differs from a psychiatric diagnosis.
  2. Participants will identify 2 ways that a psychodynamic formulation may assist treatment planning and interventions.

Class 7: An IPI Attitude

  1. Participants will be able to identify three forms through which the patient’s unrepresented and “unthinkable” states enter into the therapeutic interaction.
  2. Participants will be able to define what Ferro meant by “listening through the magic filter” and demonstrate its use in a clinical case.

Class 8: Therapeutic Action

  1. Participants will be able to name three of Bolognini’s twelve “therapeutic passages” and describe how each may facilitate change.
  2. Participants will be able to describe a clinical example of how one of these “passages” helped a patient.

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.