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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Everyday Terms

A Live Online Course

Presented by The International Psychotherapy Institute

October 3, 2018 – April 10, 2019

Wednesday evenings from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time)

Course Chair: Ana Maria Barroso, MD, Member of the National Faculty of IPI


Course Description: 

Beginning on October 3, 2018, the International Psychotherapy Institute will present a 12-session course designed for graduate students in a mental health discipline, recently graduated mental health professionals, and beginning psychotherapists who want to know more about the psychoanalytic perspective and its relevance to psychotherapy, daily life, and relationships. 

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an effective and empirically validated treatment modality for a broad range of psychological complaints and disorders, is a well-developed system of theory and technique that focuses on the role unconscious processes play in the generation of problematic behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. 

This course, which will include lectures, discussions of readings, and clinical case presentations, will be delivered in everyday language, and will utilize everyday situations to illustrate the utility of thinking in terms of such foundational analytic concepts as the unconscious, defense mechanisms, transference and countertransference, and the role trauma plays in the formation of the mind. 

The course revolves around Hannah Curtis’s book, Everyday life and the unconscious mind (2015), which was written with the express purpose of providing a non-technical journey through the basics of the psychodynamic view of human beings and their relations with each other. 

This seminar can help participants improve their professional and personal lives by enhancing their understanding of unconscious processes and psychodynamics in many contexts.

Participants can join the live web classes from their computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Western Time).


Class Schedule:

October 3, 2018. The background to the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind: Jim Poulton

October 17, 2018. Trauma: Sheila Hill and Joseph Weber

November 14, 2018. Anxieties: Jill Scharff and Michelle Kwintner

November 28, 2018Clinical Case Presentation 1: IPI program graduate presenter

December 12, 2018. Defense mechanisms: Jim Poulton

January 9, 2019. Remembering, repeating, and working through: Jill Scharff and Michelle Kwintner

January 23, 2019. Clinical Case Presentation 2: IPI program graduate

February 6, 2019. Envy, guilt and shame: Sheila Hill

February 20, 2019. Transference: Ana Maria Barroso and Karen Fraley

March 6, 2019.  Clinical Case Presentation 3: IPI program graduate

March 20, 2019. Countertransference, the response to transference: Ana Maria Barroso and Karen Fraley

April 10, 2019. Projective identification: Pat Hedegard and Joseph Weber


Course Faculty:

Ana Maria Barroso, MD, is a psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Mexico City. She is a faculty member of IPI, and is co-chair of its Child Psychotherapy track. 

Karen Fraley, MSS, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, PA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples, and clinical supervision to therapists.  She holds certification in Object Relations Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC.  She is also an active faculty member at IPI and a founding member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center.  She is a Fellow member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.  www.karenfraleypsychotherapy.com

Pat Hedegard, LPC,is the Founding chair of IPI Indianapolis, a Local and National Faculty at IPI, and a Teaching Analyst at International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.  She is a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in private practice in Indianapolis.

Sheila Hill, MSW,is a member of the IPI national faculty. She is chair of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. She is in private practice in Knoxville, TN.

Michelle Kwintner, PhD, LCSW-R, graduated from IPI’s core program and from the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training in Washington, DC.  She is an associate member of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.  She’s published articles on community mental health and ​object relations theory, some of her areas of interest.  She maintains a full-time private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Ithaca, NY.​

James Poulton, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City and a member of the national faculty of IPI. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for IPI’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Program, and is the past co-director of its Salt Lake City Affiliate. He is the author of Object Relations and Relationality in Couple Therapy: Exploring the Middle Ground and the co-author of Internalization: The Origin and Construction of Internal Reality.

Jill Scharff, MD,is co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute, teaches in China, and writes about child, couple and family therapy, psychoanalytic education, and teleanalysis.

Joseph Weber, MSW, MDiv, is currently a  student in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at IPI and a graduate of the Object Relations Core Program. He is in private practice in Rochester, NY.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Describe three ways in which unconscious experience influences conscious behavior (For Class #1 The background to the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind)
  • List two ways in which trauma impedes psychological growth and development (For Class #2: Trauma)
  • Identify two different organizations for the mind and compare their associated anxieties (For Class #3: Anxieties)
  • Utilize two key psychodynamic concepts in a case assessment (For Class #4: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • List five common psychological defenses and explain their function and purpose (For Class #5: Defense mechanisms)
  • Discuss two ways in which an individual’s past may not be remembered; explain how a person’s behavior may reveal forgotten memories (For Class #6: Remembering, repeating, and working through)
  • Analyze three different defense mechanisms in a case example (For Class #7: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • Compare guilt and shame and list two features that distinguish them (For Class #8: Envy, guilt and shame)
  •  an example for each of the following: how transference can function as an impediment to treatment; and how transference can function as an engine of treatment (For Class #9: Transference)
  • Identify and compare two aspects of transference in a clinical vignette (For Class #10: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • Provide one example of applying the technique of countertransference analysis to their own clinical work (For Class #11: Countertransference, the response to transference)
  • Describe the four functions of projective identification (For Class #12: Projective identification)



Required Reading:

Curtis, H. (2015). Everyday Life and the Unconscious Mind: An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts.  London: Karnac.

Recommended Readings:

Shedler, J. (2010). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, American Psychologist, 65(2):98-109.

Levy, K.N., Ehrenthal, J.C., Yeomans, F.E., & Caligor, E. (2014). The Efficacy of Psychotherapy: Focus on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as an Example. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 42(3): 377-421.


Aplication Deadline is September 24, 2018

Tuition: $350

CE Credit: 12 hours for the full course.

Link to Online Application Form: CLICK HERE

For more information visit the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Everyday Terms page at www.theipi.org or contact program chair James Poulton at jlpoulton@mac.com


The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.   

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.   

Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.