Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Dynamic Psychotherapy
Carol Hindle, MSW, Patricia Garcia Golding, MSW, co-chairs
Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Dynamic Psychotherapy is a one year introductory psychodynamic training for recent graduates and those interested in or returning to clinical practice. This Introductory Psychotherapy Program is designed to assist students continue their professional growth and increase their theoretical knowledge and psychotherapy skills. Trained therapists teach central concepts, and present and discuss relevant clinical material in addition to supervising aspects of clinical work. Students completing the program gain a working knowledge of core psychodynamic language and concepts, and an ability to read and understand psychodynamic literature.
- What is the model and theory of dynamic psychotherapy?
- The therapeutic vs. the real relationship; an overview of transference; the therapeutic alliance; the unconscious; making the initial phone contact; the early sessions; establishing the framework and boundaries of the psychotherapeutic hour—place, time, money, cancellation policy.
- Fundamental concepts of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
- Unconscious mental processes, fantasy, unconscious and conscious, compromise formations, drive, defense, therapeutic resistances, psychic determinism, repetition compulsion, normal development, psychopathology.
- Definition of transference; how psychotherapy elicits transference; examples of transference during initial phone contact; open sessions and middle phase of treatment; working with transference.
- Various psychodynamic understandings of countertransference; illustration of the continuum from conscious to unconscious countertransference; how the therapist becomes aware of countertransference and uses it.
- Middle phase of psychotherapy.
- How psychotherapy unfolds; how the therapist applies the basic concepts in the ongoing work of psychotherapy, e.g. identification of the resistances and defenses in the course of a psychodynamic treatment.
- Termination of psychotherapy.
- Definitions and history of termination; differences between planned and unplanned termination.; how to apply central concepts to termination; transference and countertransference in termination.
Students are required to have a minimum of 25 hours of supervision with a faculty member each year.
Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. There are 30 classes in the program.
ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION
Applicants must have an advanced degree in a mental health field. The class is designed for new graduates as well as students with advanced degrees who have not provided psychotherapy in the course of their professional careers.
Carol Hindle, MSW, Co-Chair
Patricia Garcia Golding, MSW, Co-Chair
Megan Flood, MSW
Lee Futrovsky, PhD
Jennifer Grosman, PhD
Nancy Lithgow, MSW
Ruth Neubauer, MSW
Lenore Shapiro, MSW
Joanna Spiro, PsyD
Tuition for the academic year is $1,200.
Supervision is $55 per session
Full credit based on attendance and any other required work will be 60 credit hours.
Policies and requirements regarding all aspects of participating in Washington School of Psychiatry training programs are available from the "policies" link on the website menu.
WSP has very limited scholarship funds. However we will try to help students with a payment plan and scholarship where possible.