Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (PPP)

An Advanced Program of Current Theory and Technique

Chair: Sheila Hill, M.S.W.

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Taught by Video Conference on Two Fridays Per Month from 9-11 ET 

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (PPP) is a post-graduate program in contemporary psychodynamic theory and therapeutic technique designed to develop clincial competency in working with patients from an object relations/intersubjective approach.

Each semester includes 16 CE credits of reading seminars and clinical case discussions taught using a two way video link. The seminars are led by an IPI faculty member using IPI's unique teaching method, the Group Affective Model (GAM). The GAM approach helps the participants link theory and technique to the feelings stirred up by the experience of learning.

PPP has 3 Tracks

  • Didactic Participation
    Readings and clinical cas presentations only
  • Academic Certification
    The didactic seminars plus 1 summer institute and 1 IPI weekend conference.
  • Clinical Certification
    The academic track plus clinical supervision

The didactic track may be taken one semester at a time. The academic and clinical tracks require a four semester commitment. We will meet twice a month for two hours: one hour is a discussion of an assigned reading; the other hour is a discussion of a clinical case presentation by a seminar participant.

Spring 2018 Schedule
Generating Psychic Structure

(Deadline for Spring 2018 is Feb 1, 2018)


February 16, 2018                                                              Jim Poulton, PhD
Foundations of Psychic Structure: Internalization
February 23, 2018                                                              Norma J. Caruso. PsyD
Foundations of Psychic Structure: Identification
March 16, 2018                                                                   Sheila Hill, MSW
To Grow and Not to Grow-I
Developmental Models 1: Modes of Structuring Experience
March 23, 2018                                                                   Charles Ashbach, PhD
To Grow and Not to Grow-II
Developmental Models 2: Modes of Structuring Experience
April 13, 2018                                                               Mike Stadter, PhD
To Grow and Not to Grow-III
Mentalization and its Failure
April 20, 2018                                                                  Carla Trusty-Smith, PhD, LMHC
To Grow and Not to Grow-IV
Splitting and Repression: Forming the Unconcious Mind
May 4, 2018                                                                Patrizia Pallaro, LCMFT
Communication and Conversation-I
Projective Identification
May 18, 2018                                                                      Sheila Hill, MSW
Communication and Conversation-II
Containment and Projective Identification


Didactic Track Registration form (Deadline for Spring 2018 is Feb 1, 2018)

Academic/Clinical Track Application form (Deadline for the Two Year Program starting Fall 2017 is August 18, 2017)

CE Credit and Tuition

16 CE hours per semester for the reading and clinical case seminars

$20 per CE Credit ($320 per semester)

$75 per hours of supervision

Program Requirements

All participants working toward certification will attend one two-day summer institute taught via video link. The summer institute experience will include participation in a Group Affective Model (GAM) group. 

All participants working toward certification must attend one program-designated IPI training weekend in person during the second year of the program at which they will participate in a GAM group comprised of PPP participants. 

All participants working toward certification must complete sixty-four hours of video seminars. 

  • Seminars of 2 hours each meet bi-monthly for eight months each year (total 32 hours per year)
  • Each seminar will include a one hour case presentation by a program participant and a discussion of the case by participants and a discussant. 
  • Participants who have participated in the PPP mini-series may apply that seminar work to a portion of the academic requirements with the approval of the Program Director.
  • Participants who have been in supervision with a member of the IPI National Faculty may apply 35 hours of that supervision to the requirements for clinical proficiency certification.


Academic Track Requirements:

  • 64 hours of seminars
  • 16 hours in the summer institute
  • 16 hours during an IPI weekend conference
  • Total: 96 hours


Clinical Track Requirements:

  • Complete the academic requirements
  • Complete either two individual supervisions of 35 hours each or two paired supervisions of 50 hours each. Participants in this track will receive supervision at a reduced fee from PPP faculty. 
  • Personal therapy is not a requirement for completion of the program. However, because a certificate of proficiency is awarded at its completion, individual participants may be required to enter treatment to address personal issues if, in the judgement of the program steering committee, those issues are interfering with the quality of their clinical work. 
  • Total 96 hours academic and 70 or 100 hours of supervision. 

Summer Institute and Seminar

The summer institute is designed to take the students from an understanding of drive theory through object relations theory and technique with an emphasis on the contemporary importance of the work of both Donald Winnicott and Wilfred Bion, and on to the contemporary object-relations/intersubjective approach. The emphasis will be on understanding the theory and technique of working with both developmental and event-based trauma. 

In the summer institute and in the seminars, we will be working toward the development of the therapeutic skill of thinking concretely and symbolically at the same time. That is the skill of thinking that underlies the capacity to develop and maintain an analytic sensitivity no matter the frequency or duration of treatment and no matter the disruptions in the frame. The seminar assignments will be heavily weighted with readings from the recent literature paired with classical texts: Winnicott with Ogden, Bion with Ferro, Klein with Steiner, and Bion with Adrienne Harris, for example. 


The academic certification requirements may be taken in any order and must be completed within three years of entering the program.

The clinical certification requirements must be met within four years. 


Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact Sheila Hill, LiCSW, Chair, PPP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.