Washington Square Institute
Training Institute

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training
Course Descriptions

The following curriculum is subject to change at the discretion of WSI

Introductory Level - Year One

Fall Semester

C100-Principles of Psychoanalytic Treatment
This course addresses the difficult beginning phase of establishing a working alliance, and emphasizes early assessment of strengths and weaknesses, manifestations of resistance and transference. Clinical material serves to illustrate the engagement of the patient in the treatment process.
Wed. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

C101-Psychoanalytic Theory I: Basic Writings of Freud
This courses provide a more thorough coverage of basic psychoanalytic theory than is usually taught in academic work. Reading and discussion of the literature emphasize primary and secondary processes, topography and structure, drive, conflict theory and defense. The classic theory of neurosis and symptom formation are presented.
Wed. 8-9:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Spring Semester

C102-Psychoanalytic Theory II: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
This course focuses on the development and expansion of psychoanalytic theory by those theorists immediately following Freud through the present day clinicians who continue to broaden and shape our conceptual understandings. Ego psychology, object relations and relational theory will be among the various psychoanalytic views discussed. Clinical examples and observations highlight theoretical material.
Wed. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

C103-Psychopathology I
Assessment of pathology, problems of diagnosis and descriptive nosology is discussed with attention to differential diagnosis, and diagnosis as an instrument in treatment. Diagnosis from a psychoanalytic point of view including recent developments in psychoanalysis is presented. Topics illustrated by case material.
Mon. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Summer Semester

C104-Psychopathology II: Severe Mental Illness
Work with patients who exhibit psychotic or psychotic-like traits requires the therapistís understanding of mental illness, being able to listen and to continue to do analytic work. This course explores several approaches to understanding, covering issues of conflict and failures of development, using the perspective of drive, ego functioning, self experience, and object relations.
Mon. 6-8pm - 6 weeks, 12hrs

Matriculation Level - Year Two

Fall Semester

C200-Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Development: From Infancy to Adulthood
This course uses the writings of S. Freud, Abraham and A. Freud as a base for the exploration of more recent contributions to developmental theory (Spitz, Mahler, Blos, etc.). Normal development is considered, as well as typical pathological outcomes. Case presentations emphasize clinical application of the theoretical concepts discussed in assigned readings.
Wed. 6-9pm - 15 weeks, 45hrs

C205-Transference Countertransference
This course presents a comprehensive exploration of the roles that transference and counter- transference play in the psychotherapeutic relationship. The course approaches issues using traditional psychoanalysis as a paradigm from which more contemporary and seemingly less intensive treatment processes have evolved. While the metapsychological underpinnings are observed, stress is on clinical material.
Mon. 8-9:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Spring Semester

C202-Psychoanalytic Assessment and Treatment
The course focuses on the importance of diagnosis and ongoing assessment in the initial phase of treatment and throughout the expected course of therapy. The discussion explores the work- ing alliance, transference, changes in the sources and intensity of anxiety, level of object relat- edness, and defensive as well as adaptive responses to treatment. We will consider the impact of developmental arrest on the treatment process. Case presentations emphasize psychoanalytic diagnosis and assessment as the foundation for treatment planning and interventions.
Wed. 6-9pm - 15 weeks, 45hrs

C204-Object Relations Theories
All psychoanalytic models, whether classified as drive models (Freud, Klein, Hartmann, Mahler, Jacobson and Kernberg), relational models (Fairbairn, Winnicott, Guntrip and Sullivan), or mixed models (Kohut), have some strategy for dealing with the psychic consequences of the internalization of relations with external objects. This course focuses on identifying these strategies, with attention to their theoretical and technical consequences.
Mon. 8-9:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Summer Semester

C207-Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychoanalytic Practice
This course provides advanced candidates with an opportunity to review ethical, legal and practical issues associated with the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
Mon. 6-8pm - 6 weeks, 12 hrs

Matriculation Level - Year Three

Fall Semester

C300-Continuous Case Seminar I
Students select appropriate cases to be followed over a period of time. Focus is on process and on exploring resistances, transferences and interventions. Special emphasis is placed on patient responses to countertransference.
Wed. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

C502- Dreams
The role of dreams in psychoanalytic treatment is considered. Various topics, such as manifest and latent content, the dream work, anxiety dreams are addressed. Further focus concentrates on dream symbolism and dreams as resistance. Studies of dreams are explored.
Mon. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Spring Semester

C301-Continuous Case Seminar II
Students select appropriate cases to be followed over a period of time. Focus is on process and on exploring resistances, transferences and interventions. Special emphasis is placed on patient responses to countertransference.
Wed. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

C207-Psychoanalytic Research
The course will discuss underlying assumptions of research designs, review past research and discuss the pros and cons when generalized research is compared to the following of a clinical case.
Mon. 6-7:30pm - 15 weeks, 22.5hrs

Matriculation Level - Year Four

Fall Semester

C400-Theory and Technique of Psychoanalytic Treatment I
Integration of theory and technique and attempts to develop a consistent theory of technique applicable to a variety of clinical syndromes. Normalcy, neurosis, character disorders, affect disorders, perversions and borderline states are compared with an eye to differential diagnosis and formulation of treatment interventions. Case presentations emphasize technique.
Wed. 6-9pm - 15 weeks, 45hrs

Spring Semester

C402-Theory and Technique of Psychoanalytic Treatment II
A continuation of the previous course. Particular emphasis on the character disorders, affective states and perversions. Extensive case material is utilized.
Wed. 6-9pm - 15 weeks, 45hrs

Matriculation Level - Year Five

Case Presentation
Having successfully completed all other academic courses, and commenced or completed a Control Supervision, a candidate may apply to sit for Case Presentation. The student registers for Case Presentation during the semester in which he becomes eligible to present his case. The patient should have been in treatment for at least a year, preferably longer.

Additional Course Requirements

C600-WSI Monthly Scientific Meetings
This is a requirement for the duration of training. This course involves candidates in a professional community where experienced clinicians present ongoing work and evolving theoretical concepts and technique. The educational goal is facilitated through the active interchange between presenters and seminar participants.
Monthly sessions Oct-May 1.5 hrs/month (usually last Thursday of each month) 8:30-10PM

Child Abuse & Maltreatment: Recognition & Reporting
This 2hr seminar may be taken in any year of training. This training is available only from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). A list of providers is available on the Child Abuse Identification and Reporting - Providers page maintained by the NYSED Office of Professions or by calling (518) 474-3544.


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