Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy

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Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy
Developing Skills in Supervision

Beginning October 26, 2018

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IPI Is announcing a new educational program for licensed mental health professionals who are consulting to colleagues in their practice of dynamic psychotherapy or who wish to prepare to be clinical consultants. The colleagues to whom they consult will usually be independently functioning private practitioners who might or might not be enrolled in a training program.  The IPI program provides education in consultation skills.

The program is organized according to the domains of competency suggested by the APA (American Psychological Association) adapted for competence to consult on psychotherapy cases. The course will consist of a series of reading discussion seminars on the basics of consultation to psychotherapy practice and group discussions of participant vignettes from in-person, in-state consultations they have participated in as trainees or consultants (or being in supervision for those who do not yet have a consulting role). The program will be taught using IPI’s unique learning method, the Group Affective Model, facilitating the integration of intellectual and emotional experiences.

Program Design

The Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy Program is a 30-hour course, to be completed in 7 months, by two-way video link. This is a distance learning course available from each participant’s own home or office. The course begins with a two-day intensive seminar consisting of 10 hours of didactic seminars and 2 hours of group affective experience (GAM group). The two-day intensive seminar is followed by twice monthly seminars, of 1.5 hours each, over 6 months, via phone or video link. Each 1.5 hour seminar will consist of 45 minutes of didactic learning and discussion of assigned readings, followed by 45 minutes of review and discussion of participant consultation vignettes, as described above. 

Educational Objectives

Participants will develop enhanced consultation skills. Participants will:

  • Develop skills and self-evaluate consultant competence in performing the professional role of clinical psychotherapy consultant.
  • Develop consultant metacompetence in knowing the limits of your knowledge and skills.
  • Develop self-monitoring skills of ongoing performance as a consultant to psychotherapy clinicians.
Learning Objectives will be written in relation to competencies addressed in each competency domain as outlined in the American Psychological Association “Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology.”

Program Components

All participants will attend a two-day intensive seminar by two-way secure video link. Participants will need the necessary equipment to attend via the video link. The intensive conference will include participation in a Group Affective Model group experience.

Following the intensive two-day seminar, participants will attend 12 meetings, ( 2 meetings per month, for 6 months, for 1.5 hours each) of seminar via phone or video link. The seminar will include readings, didactic discussions and case discussions.

Program Components:

  • Two-day distance learning intensive seminar
    • 6 hours didactic (4 x 1.5 hours)
    • 4 hours GAM (4 x 1 hour)
    • 2 hours closing dialouge at the end of each day (2 x 1 hour)
    • Total CE hours for the 2 day conference = 12 hours
  • Teleconference Seminars
    • 2 meetings per month for 6 months (1.5 hours each)
    • Total of 18 CE hours 
  • Total CE hours for the program = 30 hours

Applicant Requirements

  • Participants will need the necessary equipment to attend via the video link.
  • Participants will need IPI Object Relations training (CORE program)*
  • Participants will need to submit an Application (google form application) (PDF application)
  • Telephone interview

The course is offered to IPI faculty, graduates, fellows and graduates of courses offered by chapters, and will apply to consultation to psychotherapists in private practice and in agency settings. Each participant is responsible for researching and verifying the scope of their practice license and applying their skills within the regulations of their relevant licensing body. Registrants in this course will earn CEUs in relation to stated objectives and a certificate of completion.

*: The course MAY be offered to those who have not trained at IPI if they have preparation in object relations theory and practice equivalent to that provided by the CORE program.

IPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap. 


Regular tuition: $850 

Discounted tuition is available for IPI National Faculty members.

To pay your tuition online click here.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit will be provided for each segment of the course. Total of 30 CE hours for the program.


Certificate: Participants are awarded a certificate of completion for the 30-hour course.

The course can be completed in 7 months.

Program Faculty

Charles Ashbach, PhD is a founding faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Chair of the Philadelphia IPI affiliate, and faculty member at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. For over 30 years Dr. Ashbach has been on a psychotherapy journey that spans a wide spectrum of theoretical orientations -- which has led him even deeper into the study, treatment, and mystery of the human mind. He is co-author of Object Relations, the Self and the Group a study of the multiple dimensions of group dynamics and experience. Other published articles include: Persecutory Objects, Guilt and Shame, Being and Becoming in Psychotherapy, and The Vicissitudes of the Group during War. He has been active in the teaching, training, and supervision of therapists for many years and has sought to bring a more empathic and natural approach to the difficulties involved in becoming an alive co-traveler in the therapeutic enterprise.

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD is Founding Faculty of the-International Psychotherapy Institute. He is a faculty member of IPI's Child Psychotherapy Program, Couple Therapy Program and GAM leader, Child Psychoanalytic Training Program, and local Chair-of the IPI Long Island site hosting video-conferencing seminars. He is Clinical Faculty at the Adelphi University Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis, Couple Therapy and developed and taught the Supervision Certificate Program. Leader of seminar groups and featured presenter at US and international conferences; Board member, American Psychological Association, Section VIII, Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Division 39. International Advisory Board member, Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. Author of over 25 publications, including two book chapters on supervision. Author of the book, Keeping Couples in Treatment: Working from Surface to Depth (2012). He is in private practice in individual, couple and family therapy in Port Washington, NY, where he provides in-person, phone and teletherapy supervision.

Sue Cebulko, PhD is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She sees individuals, couples and offers supervision. She is a member of the national faculty at IPI and IIPT, and is on faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago where she teaches, consults, and advises on dissertations.

Doud Dennett, MD is in full time private practice in Essex, Vermont. He is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry and Adult Psychoanalysis. He is a graduate of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Institute and Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Doug has been a long time faculty member of IPI, teaching and supervising in the child and psychoanalytic programs.

Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD is a Faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and founding faculty member of Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. Karen has been in private practice in Exton, Pa., for 20 years, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples, and clinical supervision to therapists. She teaches seminars in object relations theory and practice in Philadelphia, and in the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work continuing education program. She published "Bion's Model of the Mind", in the Journal of Psychoanalytic Social work.

Pat Hedegard, LMHC is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Indianapolis, IN. She is a national faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute, and the founding chair and faculty member of IPI Indianapolis.

Patrizia Pallaro, LCMFT, BC-DMT is a registered psychologist and psychotherapist in Italy, licensed clinical marriage and family therapist (CA, MD, DC), and board certified dance/movement therapist, with experience in cross-cultural and acculturation issues. She is in private practice in Bowie, MD where she offers individual, couple, family, and group therapy in English and Italian. In her clinical work, training, and supervision, she integrates affective interpersonal neurobiology and object relations. She is former director, psychiatric residential/ day treatment program, San Francisco; former clinical supervisor at John F. Kennedy University's Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland; former adjunct faculty, Pacifica Graduate Institute Santa Barbara. Currently national faculty, International Psychotherapy Institute and chair of its Diversity Committee; faculty at Art Therapy Italiana, Bologna; lecturer, China-US Whole Person Psychotherapy Training, Beijing; clinical supervisor/ lecturer, Dance/Movement Therapy Department of the Institute of Applied Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Moscow (Russia). A writer and editor, her work has been published in scholarly journals and by Jessica Kingsley.

Jill Savege Scharff, MD is the co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training at IPI. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. She developed a core competency-based model for a course for the preparation of supervising analysts, and also has published on psychotherapy supervision. She edited Clinical Supervision in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, featuring chapters by IPI faculty, published by Karnac, and also available for free download at .

Caroline M. Sehon MD is a national faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute and current Chair of the adult analytic training program at IPI, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, and the former Chair of the Washington DC Program of IPI, known as IPI Metro. Caroline teaches and supervises students at IPI and at Georgetown University, and she has authored several articles and book chapters on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with children, couples and families. Caroline maintains a full-time private practice in Bethesda, MD.

Michael Stadter, PhD  is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. His practice includes long-term and brief psychotherapy, clinical supervision and organizational consultation. His faculty positions include: Founding Faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute and Faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Formerly, he served as Director of the Counseling Center at American University and as Psychologist-in-Residence, Department of Psychology, American University. He is the author of a number of publications including the books, Object Relations Brief Therapy: The Relationship in Short-term Work and Presence and the Present: Relationship and Time in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy. His latest publication is Stadter, M and Gao, J. (in press). Shame east and west: Similarities, differences, culture and self. In the journal: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China.

Suzanne St. John, Ph.D. is a Faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and Faculty member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Studies Center.  Suzanne is a NAAP certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Wyncote, Pa. for over 30 years, providing psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatment to individuals, couples, groups, and clinical supervision to therapists.

Anne Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice for 19 years. Anne sees individuals and couples. She is a certified Imago couples counselor and Imago consultant and provides psychoanalytic consultation. Anne is local faculty for IndyIPI and national faculty for IPI. She is a frequent lecturer on psychoanalytic theory and practice for individuals and couples.

Janine Wanlass, PhD is Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, D.C., and faculty member in both IPI and the International Institute of Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT). She is a Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she has taught for over 25 years. Her teaching extends abroad to ongoing psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs in Russia and China. Additionally, she is a psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City, where she treats children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She regularly conducts supervision and consultation with both new therapists and seasoned clinicians. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and has published on the use of technology in supervision/consultation, group treatment for eating disorders, child psychotherapy for trauma, and object relations family and couple therapy.


The program certificate is not a license to supervise or consult. The course cannot meet the requirements of all states since those vary state to state and it is up to the participant to research the requirements of their own state or states. We are not training supervisors of record for unlicensed clinicians nor is any IPI registrant who takes the course authorized to meet the licensure requirement for an unlicensed clinician.

While this course might be helpful to psychoanalysts it is not a qualifying course for psychoanalytic case consultation.