Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course at Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course at Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis 2012

A moment of discovery can make a big difference!

If you would like to help your patients towards new discoveries about themselves, this course may interest you.

PPC @ SIP offers clinicians a chance to deepen their psychotherapy skills with the best of contemporary psychoanalytic thought.

It is a 32 week program, held over 4 terms, beginning in July 2012.

The program consists of concurrent theoretical and clinical seminars.

PPC @ SIP well suits clinicians looking for a self-contained module of professional development. PPC is ideal for those clinicians
interested in a ‘pre-training’ experience of the 4 year SIP Core Training program.

PPC @ SIP is a small group program that starts at the beginning: how to assess suitability for therapy? Over the year, the program will
study all aspects of the therapeutic relationship. PPC will assist students to use their emotional experience of patients as the basis for new understandings.

By the end of the year, some of the most difficult patient experiences to understand, including psychosis, will have been considered.
A certificate of completion of PPC @ SIP will be provided. Personal psychotherapy for students is recommended to complement the program.

Expressions of interest to enrol
are now invited.

Meet on Mondays 6.30 - 9.30pm, at 5 Penshurst St, Willoughby
Course Fees: $2600 (+ gst)
Ms Libby Dunn, Mrs Liz Kerr, Ms Kaye Nelson, Ms Leonie Sullivan,
and Dr Mark Howard are available to receive enquiries.

Course Outline 2012

PPC@SIP is a new course that will be offered by SIP from July 2012 to June 2013. It will complement and extend the EPIC program already offered by SIP. PPC@SIP is a rewarding course that will provide an excellent opportunity for clinicians to challenge and extend their understanding of psychodynamic theory, and to develop its clinical application in their daily work with patients.

The contemporary syllabus encourages students towards an
intensive experience of psychodynamic practice. The syllabus can be approached by enthusiastic students willing to make a commitment to develop their clinical psychodynamic work, as well as by more experienced psychodynamic clinicians wishing to hone their clinical skills.

syllabus will help the student to develop a lively and flexible model of the mind adequate for understanding complex presentations of emotional distress. This analytic frame of mind will help to promote enduring psychic change in the student’s psychotherapeutic work with patients. The syllabus is explored in 48 Theoretical Seminars, (6 modules of 8 seminars each), and 16 Clinical Seminars.

As far as possible, theoretical papers will be anchored in clinical vignettes from students and seminar leaders, to focus on their clinical relevance. The first syllabus module begins with a seminar on the initial encounter with the patient, and this module ends with a seminar on the patient who is ‘difficult to reach.’

Over the year, many aspects of psychodynamic therapy will be examined in detail. Topics will include: transference and countertransference; the therapeutic process; working with and formulating unconscious communication, and projective identffication; dreams; bodily states of communication; and containment of the earliest levels of emotional experience between the therapeutic couple.

The syllabus is based upon seminal papers, viewed through the lens of contemporary psychodynamic understandings. The primary sources will include selected psychoanalytic classics from Freud, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Bion.

In addition, the syllabus is refreshed with diverse contemporary writings, which explore ‘cutting‐edge’clinical applications of psychodynamic thought.
Amongst others, these additional writings include papers by Anne Alvarez, Didier Anzieu,
  Patrick Casement, Ricardo Etchegoyen, James Grotstein, Betty Joseph, John Klauber, Susan Maiello, Donald Meltzer, Judith Mitrani, Joyce McDougal, Thomas Ogden, Allesandra Piontelli, Danielle Quinodoz, Herbert Rosenfeld, Hanna Segal, John Steiner, Joan and Neville Symington, and Frances

Seminar leaders will include Members and senior Candidatesof SIP.

Where possible, visiting international psychoanalysts will also be invited to participate in the teaching program.

PPC@SIP program will be held between 6.30‐9.30pm on Monday evenings. It will be held over 4 terms of 8 weeks each, (following the school term timetable), for a total of 32 weeks from July 2012 to June 2013.

Two seminars will be held each Monday evening. The first seminar will run from 6.30--‐7.50pm, and the second seminar will run from 8.10‐9.30pm.  There is a tea break between the seminars.

In the first  week of the program, the two seminars will be clinically informed readings of psychoanalytic papers provided to students. Students will be invited to bring clinical difficulties, questions, or vignettes as a foundation for discussions.

In the second week of the program, the first seminar of the evening, (6.30‐7.50 pm), will also be based upon readings. In the second seminar of the evening, (8.10‐9.30pm), students will meet in smaller groups, for a clinical
d second week, will  continue throughout the PPC@SIP program.

It is envisaged that an optional second year of clinical case seminars will be provided if students are interested in this opportunity to consolidate their work.

In addition to the seminar program, personal psychotherapy is recommended for all students. Help to find a suitable therapist will be provided to any student who requests this from a Member of the PPC@SIP Committee.

WhilePPC@SIP is not a clinical qualification, the synergy of its theoretical and clinical seminar program with a concurrent personal therapy will provide students with a good sense of a ‘near-training’experience over the 12 months of the program.

In this way, PPC@SIP will provide a sound understanding of the commitment entailed in the Core Training program at SIP, for students interested to know more about this Training. Forthose students who want to take a step in development without the commitment of a more extended Training program, PPC@SIP will deepen their psychodynamic skills.

The PPC@SIP program will be a valuable addition to any Professional Development program forclinicians from within the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, or other related fields.

A Certificate of Attendance and Completion will be provided on satisfactory completion of thePPC@SIP course. It is anticipated that this Certificate of Attendance and Completion will meet Professional Development program accreditation requirements within psychiatry, psychology, and social work.

Application for enrolment in PPC@SIP is made by completion of the Application form, which can be downloaded from the SIP website:

One or two interviews will be held with each Applicant, to assess the suitability of the
PPC@SIP program for each student’s interests and aspirations. The total PPC@SIP course fee of $2600 (+ $260 gst) will be payable upon acceptance of a place in the PPC@SIP course.

Please direct enquiries about the PPC@SIP program to Libby Dunn, Liz Kerr, Kaye Nelson, Leonie Sullivan, or Mark  Howard at this email address: ppc‐at‐

Email notification of further details of the PPC@SIP program will be provided over the next few months.

Please ensure you are on the SIP email list if you wish to receive these notifications.

The link to the SIP email list can be found on the Home page of the SIP website.