Chair: David Scharff
This year IPI is launching a new venture – overseas courses taught in English and translated into the local language – in response to invitation from IPI alumni in other countries.
IPI has always been international in its reach. IPI programs such as the Core program in Object Relations Theory and Practice, the Master Speakers series, and the videoconference course in Couple and Family Therapy have always attracted interest from colleagues around the globe, such as in Panama, Israel, South Africa, Greece and China. The Child program has students from Greece, Panama and Mexico. The analytic program has a student from Mexico and Holland. Panamanian alumni of IIPT, under the leadership of Yolanda Varela have now created the Panama IPA provisional psychoanalytic society. Israeli alumna of the Couple course, Hanni Mann-Shalvi, has formed a group for the study of couple therapy in Tel Aviv. Core program graduate, Le Zhen, has established a platform for matching Chinese patients with vetted therapists.
The main initiative this year has been to develop programs in China at Le Zhen’s request. Other invitations are under consideration, pending review of faculty resources. And as usual, beyond creating a full-fledged program, any IPI faculty member receiving a request may contribute independently to IPI’s mission of global outreach through their own consultation and teaching.
China Introductory Course in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Chair: Pat Hedegard.
This is a two-year certificate program that began its first year with a week in residence September 8 -12, 2019 for 60 students in Beijing taught by Pat Hedegard, Colleen Sandor, Sue Cebulko, Janine Wanlass and David Scharff, and continued online with a wider faculty in a weekly 3-hour online seminar starting September 18, 2019 through July 8, 2020. A second year will follow. The class is on Wednesday from 8:00 – 11:15 pm Beijing time. The first hour and half, the class meets as a whole for a reading seminar, and in the second hour and half breaks into small clinical consultation small groups each with its own leader. After two years, students may earn an IPI certificate of completion. This program will accept new students in the spring of 2021.
China Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Chair: Jill Savege Scharff.
This is a two-year certificate program that will begin on June 23, 2020 with a 5-day online immersion course, and continue online in a weekly 3-hour seminar. The online seminar comprises a reading seminar for the class as a whole followed by small groups in which members will apply theoretical concepts to clinical cases as they discuss ethical clinical technique in working with children and parents. The class is on Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 pm Beijing time. This program with specific class-by-class learning objectives has been designed to offer CE credit for those Chinese-speaking therapists who work in the United States. Students who complete the two-year course may earn an IPI certificate and CE credit per contact hour. This program is currently accepting applications by Chinese-speaking therapists, until the deadline of May 31, 2020.