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Program Overviews

SIPP provides an intellectual and supportive environment, a necessary foundation for personal and professional growth. Our approach to training is not bound to one theory or theorist, but instead is rich with numerous viewpoints and theoretical perspectives within a broadly relational, contemporary framework. Along with the coursework, our workshops, conferences and professional Society foster a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and faculty across Long Island. Our classes are held in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

SIPP’s curriculum is organized around a tiered level of learning. We offer two programs of study. The first is a one-year survey course highlighting basic theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Our four-year program in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy continues to explore psychoanalytic theories, contemporary issues in psychoanalysis as well as in-depth clinical technique. The second and third year go into greater depth of study, exploring the underpinnings of psychoanalytic thought and practice, while the fourth year is comprised of clinically-based issues in contemporary work.

One Year / Four Year Curriculum

The Suffolk Institute’s One Year Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy has been designed to provide mental health professionals with an intensive experience in learning how to think and to work analytically. The program offers an introduction to the principals of psychoanalytic theory and technique, beginning with classical theory and progressing through contemporary theory and practice. The program provides postgraduate mental health professionals with a solid foundation in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the opportunity, if they should so choose, to continue in the Four Year Program in pursuit of training as a psychoanalyst. All course work in the one-year program can be transferred for complete credit toward the four year certificate in psychoanalysis. Candidates will receive a letter of completion upon satisfaction of the program requirements.

The Four Year Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is a comprehensive program reflective of the broad range of schools of analytic theory and technique. The program stresses the unifying principles of psychoanalytic process, namely, unconscious processes, transference, countertransference and resistance, which define it as a therapeutic discipline. The Four Year Program is designed with the goal of encouraging each candidate to discover and develop his or her individual professional-therapeutic identity and style through intensive participation in course work, supervision and personal analysis. Emphasis is placed on fostering an appreciation of and sensitivity to the therapist-patient relationship. Completion of the program will mark the acquisition of psychoanalytic knowledge and experience and foster a continuing development of these goals. Candidates will be awarded a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis upon satisfaction of the program requirements.

One Year Program

  • Three trimesters of coursework
  • 40 hours of personal psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • 30 to 40 hours of supervision of clinical work

Academic Curriculum

Each trimester is composed of ten sessions consisting of 2 classes per trimester. Classes are held weekly from September through May on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm, in various locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Candidates must satisfactorily complete a one year sequence of course work in fundamental theoretical and clinical topics. All course work will be graded as pass or fail.

Personal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Minimum of once per week psychotherapy. If the candidate decides to continue on to the four year program, s/he must increase the frequency to at least twice per week by the beginning of the second year. Analysis must be with a SIPP-approved analyst.


Supervision must be with an approved SIPP, full faculty member, who is five years out of his/her own analytic training. Candidates must enter supervision at the beginning of the first trimester.

Four Year Program

  • Four years of course work
  • 300 hours of personal psychoanalysis
  • 200 hours of supervision
  • 3 patients for a total of 600 hours
  • Case Presentation

Academic Curriculum

Each trimester is composed of ten sessions consisting of 2 classes per trimester. Classes are held weekly from September through May on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm, in various locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete a four year sequence of course work in theoretical issues, personality development and psychotherapy. Case seminars will correspondingly deal with psychoanalytic methods of treatment and process. All course work will be graded as pass or fail.

The four year program is composed of twenty-four courses. Two courses, balancing lecture and reading with experiential/case seminar format, are offered each trimester.

Personal Psychoanalysis

The Institute is committed to the principle of intensive personal analytic work concurrent with training. It is required that each candidate complete 300 hours of personal analysis at a minimum frequency of three times per week for at least 150 hours, with the remaining hours completed on a twice weekly basis. Candidates will be expected to begin analysis no later than September of the second year of training.

Those candidates who have completed a three time per week analysis prior to training may request approval of the analysis from the Training Committee. In keeping with the Institute’s commitment to concurrent analytic work, they will be required to complete an additional 200 hours beginning no later than September of the second year of training.

All permanent faculty of the Suffolk Institute, who are five years out of their own analytic training, are eligible to be personal analysts for the candidates, although students are welcome to find an analyst outside the Institute. In the latter case, the candidate’s training analyst must be five years out of his/her own analytic training from a four-year psychoanalytic training program with personal analysis and supervision requirements similar or equivalent to those requirements of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. The suitability of a training analyst will be determined by the Training Committee. If financial hardship exists, Institute faculty members will be available to treat candidates at moderate fees, to be negotiated individually.


Supervision must be with an approved SIPP, full faculty member, who is five years out of his/her own analytic training. Candidates must enter supervision at the beginning of the first trimester.

A Four Year candidate should be supervised by at least three supervisors throughout the program. Each supervisor must be seen for a minimum of 40 hours. It is recommended that Four Year candidates work with one supervisor for 80 hours to allow for a more intensive experience.

Patient Requirements

Candidates are expected to treat three patients for a total of 600 patient hours in intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. One patient must be seen for a minimum of three times per week for at least 300 hours. The other two patients must be seen at least twice weekly for a minimum of 150 hours each.

Case Presentation

To graduate from the Four-Year Program, the candidate must present a sample of his/her analytic work to a committee from the faculty in both oral and written form. The Case Presentation is used to demonstrate the candidate’s advanced understanding of theoretical and technical issues.

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.

Richard Sternberg, Psy.D., ABPP
The goal of this course is to familiarize candidates with basic Freudian concepts, including conscious and unconscious processes, the structure of mind, symptom formation, resistance and transference. We will end by reviewing the way Ego Psychology continued to expand on Freudian theory.

Fundamentals I

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

Diane Barclay, LCSW
This introductory seminar on therapeutic beginnings will consider the nuts and bolts of getting started in a clinical practice. Discussion will focus on the challenges analyst and patient must confront during the consultation process, including establishing frame, ground rules and logistics, initial assessment, and money matters. As students understand the “basics” they will, at the same time, consider the expectations and needs of both analyst and patient. Case material will reflect the context of the interactive interpersonal relationship and address the co-construction of the inevitable re-negotiations that evolve in each unique therapeutic dyad.

Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Introduction to Interpersonal, Self, Object Relations and Relational Theory.

Karen Starr, Psy.D.
The purpose of this course is to survey four of the schools or traditions that are important in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We will be looking at Object Relations, Self Psychology, Interpersonalists, and Relational Psychology in the following ways: What motivations are privileged in each metapsychology? How does each theory postulate normative and pathological development? How does the theory explain what makes people psychologically/emotionally ill? And how do the theories each consider the ideas of transference and countertransference? We will also consider how theory itself can both assist and limit the clinical experience.

Fundamentals II

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

Barry Blank, Ph.D.
The goal of this seminar is for candidates to develop a deeper understanding of the basics and essentials of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis through selected (and optional/advanced) readings, discussions, and clinical case material. Focus will be upon the therapeutic relationship with emphasis on the shared and reciprocal nature of that relationship as it evolves and upon the core concepts of transference, resistance, countertransference, and unconscious processes.

Developmental Perspective and Theory in Psychoanalysis

Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, Social and Intersubjective.

Susan Berger, LCSW
This course will review selected major theorists in order to familiarize students with the history of psychoanalytic perspectives of developmental theory along with their implications for understanding psychopathology and treatment issues. Concepts and developmental phases will be examined, including attachment theory, gender issues and the impact of trauma.

Principles of Dynamic Psychotherapy I

This class is an extension of the practice of intensive psychotherapy.

Bruce Hammer, Ph.D.
We will explore the development of candidates’ experiences of being with patients and investigate the nature of the therapeutic relationship. We will identify the basic phenomena and concepts of transference, countertransference, resistance, anxiety and unconscious processes.

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.

Elizabeth Allured, Psy.D.
Interpersonal Psychoanalysis begins with the early shift from Freudian drive-theory psychoanalysis to an interpersonal focus, starting with Sandor Ferenczi, a student and collaborator of Freud. This course will introduce Ferenczi’s clinical diary, along with his most influential work. Harry Stack Sullivan, one of the founders of the interpersonal school, will be studied for his focus on the real, environmental factors at work in psychopathology. Eric Fromme will be studied as an important existentialist, contributing the search for meaning and self-expression as an important psychological task. Karen Horney’s important contributions regarding the formative influence of culture on mental functioning will be discussed. Finally, influential contemporary interpersonalists will be read to broaden our understanding of the integration of this theory today with relational psychoanalysis.

Principals of Dynamic Psychotherapy II

Further development of the basic constructs of technique and method.

Lisa Lempel-Sander, LPsyA NCPsyA
This seminar continues the investigation into the basic concepts of transference, countertransference, resistance, anxiety, and unconscious processes, using case materials and readings.

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.

Lydia Seggev, Ph.D.
This course will provide an understanding of theoretical concepts as well as technical issues within the Object Relations school of thought. It will also provide an historical and contemporary overview regarding developments and changes within the general framework of Object Relations theory.

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Diagnosis

Understanding and using diagnosis in treatment.

Richard Sternberg, Psy.D., ABPP
This course will map the diagnostic landscape from a psychoanalytic perspective. As opposed to the phenomenological, symptom-oriented approach taken by the DSM, the course will focus on underlying personality structure, classifying psychopathology on the basis of defensive functioning. A diagnostic system that considers both type (personality style) and depth (level of personality organization) of pathology will be presented.

Narcissism: Theoretical Perspectives and the Therapeutic Relationship

Reviews various theoretical approaches and clinical implications of the concept of narcissism.

Gerald Bowen, LCSW
This course focuses on the concept of narcissism from the perspectives of Object Relations, Self Psychology, and Interpersonal theories. The course also looks at the effect of narcissism on the therapeutic relationship and the effect of the analyst’s narcissism in the treatment. The expression of narcissism in an artistic work, a film, is also explored.

Borderline States

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

Barbara Peyser, Psy.D.
The class will first focus on Kernberg and Adler in order to understand the mechanisms of developing a borderline personality disorder. Articles by Goldstein, Epstein, and Sherby will then be reviewed as we explore transference/countertransference and reenactments in treatment. Lastly, we will study Winnicott and Searles and their seminal work regarding personal experiences in treating severely borderline patients.

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.

Samuel R. Taube, LCSW
Listening to the Patient will explore the clinical nexus of treatment, where the patient, the material, and the analyst converge over the course of the clinical hour. Through selected readings and case examples, the seminar will consider how the choice of a theoretical stance affects the analyst’s perspective on the patient’s communications. The goal of the course is to enable the analyst to define and articulate her/his unique approach to treatment in order to more comprehensively understand and respond to the patient.

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.

John Vogel, LCSW
The term “relational psychoanalysis” was first used to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations and object relations. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.

Sex and Gender

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

Marjorie Maltin, Ed. D.
We will explore the place of biology and culture in gender roles and sexuality, with clinical implications. The course will mainly explore the psychoanalytic literature in these areas but will also include readings in areas outside of psychoanalysis in the hope of exposing candidates to a broad spectrum of views on these vital topics.

Character Style and Treatment

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

Karen Senecal, LP, M.Div
This seminar presents theoretical perspectives regarding character formation from the major psychoanalytic schools of thought. Developmental and structural aspects of one’s unique personality organization will be emphasized. We will examine character styles such as hysterical, obsessional, paranoid and depressive and how these styles shape experience and cognition. Readings and case materials from candidates and the instructor will be used to highlight both theoretical and clinical implications.


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.

Lynn Higgins, LCSW
The psychoanalytic perspective conceptualizes addiction as either reflecting self/ego/superego deficit or as an attachment disorder. From this standpoint the substance of addiction is a means for self-regulation. The seminar will review the three main perspectives on addiction: the neurobiological model, the self-medication hypothesis, and the transitional object model. A wide scope of addictions, including drug and alcohol abuse, stretching to include sex addictions, eating disorders and gambling will be reviewed through the writings of McDougall, Brissman, Khantzian, and others. Candidates will become familiar with the best practices within the addictions field with special emphasis on psychoanalytic literature.

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.

Amira Simha-Alpern, Ph.D.
The seminar will explore the nature of therapeutic relationships, the role of the therapist, as well as the mutative aspects of psychoanalysis from an attachment perspective. Attachment concepts such as “secure base,” “circle of security,” “mutual regulation,” and “reflective functioning” will be applied to the psychotherapeutic process. This seminar will review the development of attachment theory from Bowlby’s Evolutionary Theory, through Mary Ainsworth’s seminal classification of attachment styles as manifested in her classical research paradigm of the strange situation, as well as Mary Main’s adult attachment classification. The seminar will also discuss the contemporary continuations of Fonagy, Target and Slade on the role of reflective functions in attachment relationships, Beebe and Lachman’s infant research on dyadic mutual regulation, as well as Daniel Siegel and others on the neurobiology of attachment relationships. The work of the Boston Change Process Group (BCPG) will be discussed as well.

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.

Carla Vecchione, Ph.D.
This course focuses on how understanding the unique interplay between patient and analyst allows for a greater depth of insight into the patient. It includes a survey of the literature on the topic as well as discussion of case material presented by candidates. Upon completion of the course candidates will better understand how to identify and use this core concept of psychoanalysis in the treatment of their patients.

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.

Amira Simha-Alpern, Ph.D.
This seminar presents issues in contemporary relational theory and practice that are at the center of current psychoanalytic dialogue. The readings exemplify a wide spectrum of relational psychoanalytic thinking, in particular, (but not limited to) the works of Stephen Mitchell, Lew Aron, Philip Bromberg, Jody Davies and Karen Maroda. The material reviews controversies around the concepts of multiple self states, enactment, self disclosure, as well as the analyst’s subjectivity and his/her emotional presence in clinical practice. The focus is on understanding interpersonal exchanges between patients and therapists, as well as the mutative aspects of therapeutic relationships. The seminar’s goal is to expand candidates’ knowledge of contemporary relational thinking, and to apply relational principles in their clinical work.

Case Presentation

Intensive preparation for candidates’ case presentations.

Lisa Lempel-Sander, LPsyA NCPsyA
The Case Presentation, done before a faculty committee, is the final step before graduation from the 4 year program in psychoanalysis. Candidates will submit sample writings geared to the structure of the Case Presentation format and are urged to begin the actual writing of their Case Presentations. The instructor will review and comment on all writing.

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.

Karen Starr, Psy.D.
This course will address the integration of a relational psychoanalytic framework with a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches that have traditionally been considered “non-analytic”. We will explore the different theoretical frameworks with which to think about psychotherapy integration; working with specific populations such as people with eating disorders or substance abuse; integrating specific modalities of psychotherapy such as DBT, CBT, harm reduction, and mindfulness, among others, into a relational psychoanalytic treatment; and the challenges and clinical choice points involved.


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.

George Whitson, Ph.D.
We will investigate the process of termination as it relates to its varied manifestations within clinical settings. Formal planned terminations as well as unexpected interruptions and endings will be explored. This examination will be viewed through candidates’ personal experiences with separation as it coincides with the end of their formal analytic training. Related readings and case presentations will amplify the exploration.

Evaluation of Candidate’s Progress

Candidates receive a grade of pass or fail for each course, along with a written evaluation by the instructor of each candidate’s performance. Each supervisor evaluates the candidate’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall progress. Using the aforementioned, the Training Committee will review with the candidate his/her progress at least once yearly. The letter of completion (for the One Year Program) or the Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (for the Four Year Program) are awarded upon successful completion of the programs’ requirements.