Course Descriptions

First Year: Survey Overview


The Classical Tradition: Freud through Ego Psychology
A review of Freud's basic concepts with special focus on the unconscious, resistance, and transference. Continuation and extension of Freudian theory into Ego Psychology.

Fundamentals I
Initial contact with patient — first session, fees, structure, history.


Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives
Introduction to Interpersonal, Self, Object Relations and Relational Theory.

Fundamentals II
Engaging a patient, therapeutic stance, working relationship, psychoanalytic dictionary.


Developmental Perspective and Theory in Psychoanalysis
Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, Social and Intersubjective.

Principles of Dynamic Psychotherapy I
This class is an extension of the practice of intensive psychotherapy.

Second Year: Intensive Psychotherapy


Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Explores the development of the interpersonal approach to intensive psychotherapy via selected readings from the works of seminal interpersonal psychoanalysts.

Principals of Dynamic Psychotherapy II
Further development of the basic constructs of technique and method.


Object Relations: Theory and Practice
In-depth survey of the works of Melanie Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott, as well as contemporary writers in the field.

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Diagnosis
Understanding and using diagnosis in treatment.


Narcissism: Theoretical Perspectives and the Therapeutic Relationship
Reviews various theoretical approaches and clinical implications of the concept of narcissism.

Borderline States
Explores the important concepts and issues involved in understanding and treating patients with traumatic histories and dissociative states of mind.

Third Year: Advanced Issues within a Psychoanalytic Framework


Listening to the Patient
Three major aspects of listening: conscious, unconscious and practical considerations connected with listening.

The Relational Approach to Psychoanalysis
Theory and clinical process of contemporary relational thinkers, focusing on the internal world of object relations and the interpersonal context.


Sex and Gender
An exploration of the place of biology and culture in gender roles and sexuality, with clinical implications.

Character Style and Treatment
An exploration of various ways of thinking about how personality is organized and structured.


A wide scope of addictions, including drug and alcohol abuse, stretching to include sex addictions, eating disorders, gambling. Familiarize candidates with the best practices within the addictions field.

Dreams and Unconscious Processes
Exploration of the intra-psychic and communicative aspects of the dream as the ultimate regression of the patient's inner life. Course content to include discussions involving recent psychological theories and neuro-psychological findings. Diane Barclay, LCSW

Fourth Year: Current Topics in Psychoanalysis


Infancy Research: Attachment Theory and Brain Science
Will review key findings in Infant Research with an emphasis on the latest developments in Attachment Theory and functioning of the Brain.

Transference and Countertransference
Clinical applications. Focus on the analyst's participation with and influence of the patient, a phenomena which permeates every interaction. Will review readings and case material from candidates and instructor.


Issues in Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis
Explores selected issues and trends currently in focus in interpersonal approaches to treatment, using readings and case material from candidates and instructor.

Case Presentation
Intensive preparation for candidates' case presentations.


Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration
Introduction to the fundamentals of CBT with special attention to how this theoretical perspective can be utilized within a psychoanalytic framework.

An investigation of the process of termination as it relates to various clinical situations, incorporating a focus on the candidates’ personal experiences of ending their formal analytic training. Related readings and case presentations will amplify the exploration.