Fundamental Concepts and Training (Core Concepts & Techniques of Dynamic Therapy) is a one-year introductory certificate training program for recent graduates of advanced degrees who are licensed mental health providers and licensed mental health providers interested in or returning to clinical practice. Through readings, didactic instruction and seminar-based discussion of clinical material, the program offers an overview of psychodynamic theories and psychotherapy understandings and techniques. Weekly supervision allows each student the opportunity to apply concepts learned and to develop clinical skills.
Getting Started: The Psychodynamic Relationship
We learn about the components of the frame, and how it fosters the therapeutic alliance; the different kinds of listening and talking, and the focus on process; how power and love are present in the relationship; the therapist’s empathic and non-judgmental stance; different kinds of “knowing” and the centrality of “not knowing”; the therapist’s use of self, and of self disclosure.
Overview of Theories
Students are provided an introductory, foundational overview of psychodynamic theory: Classical/Drive Theory, Ego Psychology, Object Relations and Self Psychology. Theories are taught in the approximate order they were conceived to provide a foundational understanding of psychodynamic practice. We will read material related to the origins of the theories, the theoretical underpinnings of the theories, and the central/core concepts and techniques of the theories.
We discuss the definition of transference; how psychotherapy elicits transference; examples of transference during the various phases of treatment; and how to work with transference.
We discuss various psychodynamic understandings of countertransference; how the concept of countertransference has evolved over time; the continuum from conscious to unconscious countertransference; and how the therapist becomes aware of countertransference and uses it.
Deepening the Treatment
We explore how psychotherapy unfolds and how the therapist applies the basic concepts in the ongoing work of psychotherapy, including identification of the resistances and defenses in the course of a psychodynamic treatment. In addition, we gain a fundamental understanding of how to work with dreams based on Freudian and Jungian theories and how dream work deepens the treatment.
We learn how non-verbal modes of communication are predominant during the treatment; develop the skill of observing non-verbal communication; learn to differentiate our observations (objective) from our ideas (subjective); learn what the clinician might observe in oneself during a session and how this can inform the treatment; and make connections between observation to concepts of transference, countertransference, projective identification and identification.
We explore psychodynamic concepts of transference, countertransference, defenses and resistance in the context of culture, race, and sexuality.
We discuss the definitions and history of therapeutic endings; differences between planned and unplanned endings; how to apply central concepts to therapeutic endings; and transference and countertransference in therapeutic endings.
The first hour of each class is a review and discussion of basic concepts covered in assigned readings. The second hour of the class is a review of clinical material by the instructor or a student. Most reading materials are provided online. A few books may be required to be purchased. Throughout the program there are Integration classes, which provide an opportunity for students to deepen understanding of the theoretical concepts presented in the classes.
Classes begin on September 14, 2021, and end on April 26, 2022, with a break in December and April. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There are 31 classes.
Continuing education credits are awarded if the student completes 80 percent of all classes. For each hour of class attended the student is awarded one (1) hour continuing education credit.
Rolando J Fuentes, MSW
Applications for training courses are accepted as early as May 1, 2020 and are due by August 1, 2021 to the WSP administrative office. After this date, admissions will be considered on a space-available basis and is up to the faculty of each program. Reach out to the program contact (above) for more information.
All applicants will be interviewed by faculty.
Please submit the following to the Washington School of Psychiatry:
Admission to the Program is by application and interview. Personal psychotherapy is strongly recommended.
Annual tuition is $1200. Payment installments may be arranged through the administrative office.
The $50 application fee is nonrefundable.
Limited scholarship money may be available, based on need and merit. A scholarship application is on the wspdc.org website.
As part of the learning experience, clinical supervision by one of the program faculty is required. The student must complete 25 hours of clinical supervision before a program certificate of completion will be awarded. Supervision is $75 per session. The fee for supervision is paid directly to the supervisor.
Rolando J Fuentes, MSW (Chair)
Jessica Chan, MSW
Athena Gavaris, MSW
Ruth Neubauer, MSW
Rachel Sassoon, PsyD
Lenore Shapiro, MSW
Jody Tabner Thayer, MSW
Nina Van Sant, MSW
The Washington School of Psychiatry
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