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Washington School of Psychiatry

Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Dynamic Psychotherapy

Carol Hindle, MSW, Patricia Garcia Golding, MSW, co-chairs

neubauerFundamental 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.
Deepening the treatment.
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.


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
Ruth Neubauer, MSW
Nancy Reder, MSW
Lenore Shapiro, MSW
Nina Van Sant, MSW


Guest faculty

Jessica Chan, MSW

Maria Fillipe Martins Lima, PsyD



Tuition for the academic year is $1,200.
Supervision is $55 per session

CE/CME Award

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.

To Apply

Complete an application form, available at the School website, Choose the training programs link to download the form. Enclose the application fee of $50 and the requested background information.

1. Send the application by post to Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016.

2. Or send the application by email to but pay the fee online on our Payment page or by mail or phone.



The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The School is a National Board for Certified Counselors-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6388, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The School solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of number of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.