Curriculum – Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

First Year

5:00-6:50 pm 7:30-9:30 pm
Beginning a Treatment
Assessment, Building a Therapeutic Relationship, Boundaries and Frame
Linda Kanefield
6 weeks
September 14, 21, 28/2016
October 5, *, 26/2016
*no class Oct. 12th or 19th
November 2/2016
Syllabus and readings
Brief Historical Overview of Psychoanalysis
We will answer the question: Why is it important to know the history of Psychoanalysis?
How do Self Psychology and Relational theory fit in the context of psychoanalytic history?
Roger Segalla
6 weeks
September 14, 21, 28/2016
October 5, *, 26/2016
*no class Oct. 12th or 19th
November 2/2016

 

Advising
Mary Brennan
November 9/2016
Syllabus and readings

Self Psychology
Classical Kohut
Contemporary Ideas (Listening perspectives, mutuality, authenticity, self experience)
8 weeks
Rosemary Segalla (3 weeks)
Janna Sandmeyer (5 weeks)
Nov. 9, 16, 30 /2016
Dec. 7, 14/2016
January 4, 11, 18*/2017

 

(*Integration & Case Conference
January 18, 2017, Janna Sandmeyer)
Syllabus and readings

The Clinical Exchange – What do I do in the Room?
10 Principles of Technique
Attunement, Tracking Affect
Cherian Verghese
3 weeks
November 16, 30/2016
December 7/2016

 

Case Conference
December 14,2016
January 4, 2017
Becky Bailey and Allan Melmed
Syllabus and readings

Advising
Mary Brennan
January 25, 2017
Intersubjective Systems Theory
Exploring how the subjectivities of the therapist and the patient interact in the clinical setting
Marie Hellinger
Tripp Reed
5 weeks
January 11, 18, 25 /2017
February 1, 8/2017
Syllabus and readings
How do I Listen, What do I Hear?
Listening from a developmental perspective, selfobject transferences, relational schemas, organizing principles
Sandy Hershberg
5 weeks
February 1, 8, 15, 22/2017
March 1, 2017
Syllabus and readings
Theory Integration & Case Conference
Self Psychology & Intersubjective Systems Theory
Janna Sandmeyer
February 15/2017
Syllabus and readings
Development and its Relationship to Psychotherapy
Exploring the clinical application of a developmental perspective
Tom Holman
4 weeks
March 8, 15, 22, 29/2017

Writing
Katherine Williams
April 5, * 2017*no class April 12th
Syllabus and readings

Neuroscience for Therapists
What is the Relationship between the Brain and Therapeutic Change?
Kimberly Satin-Kubler
4 weeks
February 22/2017
March 1, 8, 15/2017Theory Integration
Janna Sandmeyer
March 22, 2017

Advising
Mary Brennan
March 29, 2017
Syllabus and readings

Attachment
Learning to assess the patient’s attachment style and how that impacts treatment:
A comprehensive view of self experience
Sharon Ballard
Elizabeth Carr
4 weeks
April 19, 26/2017
May 3, 10/2017
Syllabus and readings
Understanding and Treating Trauma
Self Psychological and Relational approaches to working with trauma
Monica Meerbaum
5 weeks
April 5, *, 19, 26/2017
*no Class April 12th
May 3, 10/2017
Syllabus and readings
Theory Integration
Self Psychology, Development, Attachment:
A comprehensive view of self experience
Janna Sandmeyer
1 week
May 17/2017
End of Year Clinical Reflection
Reflection on the self psychological perspective
and how it applies in clinical work
Janna Sandmeyer
Mary Brennan
1 week
May 17/2017

Second Year

5:00-6:50 pm 7:30-9:30 pm
Writing

Motivational Systems
Why do we do what we do, and feel how we feel?
Syllabus and readings

Advising

Trauma
Syllabus and readings

Object Relations
Exploration of how Object Relations sets the stage for the Relational Turn in psychodynamic thinking: Fairbairn, Winnicott & Klein
Syllabus and readings
Recognizing the Other
How do I Consider and Work with Diversity and Difference?
Cultural Diversity
Sexual Diversity
Syllabus and readings
The Interpersonal Contribution to Relational Perspective
Focusing on the Interpersonal roots of the Relational perspective
Syllabus and readings
Advising

Let’s Talk about Sex
How to think about it, talk about it, and manage it in the therapeutic relationship
Syllabus and readings

Writing
Syllabus and readings
Theory Integration
Reflecting on Object Relational and Interpersonal underpinnings of Relational Theory – Introduction to Stephen Mitchell
Syllabus and readings
Relational Theory (Big “R”)
Relational Turn in psychodynamic thinking: Stephen Mitchell, Lew Aron, Phillip Bromberg, Jody Davies and other major theorists
Syllabus and readings
The Therapist’s Use of Self:
Impasse – How to get Unstuck
Countertransference & Enactment: How to Deal with the Therapist’s Experience and Reactions, Self DisclosureAdvising
Syllabus and readings
Writing

Termination
Reflection on the end of CAPP experience integrated with clinical understanding of how we end therapeutic relationships
Syllabus and readings

Theory Integration
Integration of Self Psychology & Relational TheoryTermination
Syllabus and readings
End of Program Clinical Reflection
Reflection on self psychological and relational perspectives and how they apply in clinical work
Syllabus and readings
MITs’ Casework: Theoretical Exploration and Integration
MITs discuss cases with faculty, apply theory as resonates with MIT, exploration and articulation of personal theory of change
Syllabus and readings

Events and study groups

For further information about applying to the CAPP Program, you may contact Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Program Chair, at jannasandmeyer@me.com or 202 306 6500.