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Training Program in the Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process

Valerie Tate Angel, M.S.W., Director
The Training Program in the Supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a two-year program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals engaged in the supervision of psychotherapy.

The program emphasizes an integration of didactic course work, supervisory experiences, and a sharing of supervisory presentations under observation. Practicum sessions are used to illustrate the teaching-learning issues that arise in supervisory work. The program will include observations of supervisory sessions via the one-way mirror and the use of videotape recordings to demonstrate and discuss the principles and techniques under study

In this program, the supervisors-in-training get their practicum experience by supervising students enrolled in other Postgraduate Center programs, including the Two-Year Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Social Work Internship. In some cases candidates in the Adult Analytic Training Program are in need of additional supervision. All programs are informed by psychoanalytic theory.

Supervisory candidates follow a part-time course of study, three hours weekly including class time and supervision sessions. Satisfactory completion of the two-year training program leads to a certificate in Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process.

Financial Aid

Scholarships covering up to 50% of the tuition and supervision costs are available for candidates with financial need. Prospective candidates need to have completed their applications and be fully accepted into a Training Program before applying for financial aid. A separate Financial Aid form must be completed by July 1st for the following Academic Year.

Discription of Courses

First year
Fall Semester

2270 Principles and techniques of supervision

This course will focus on central supervisory issues such as aspects of the supervisory relationship, the role of expectations in supervision, the principles underlying the process of listening and understanding. Readings from deBell, Ekstein & Wallerstein, McDonald, and Teitelbaum will be integrated with ongoing supervisory experiences. Each student is required to supervise two beginning psychotherapists and, accordingly, will be assigned two supervisees. Hours are to be arranged.

Spring Semester

2271 The supervisory process i

This semester will highlight observation sessions in which experienced supervisors and supervisors-in-training will demonstrate the teaching-learning issues inherent in the supervision of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Different models of psychotherapy supervision will also be presented.

Therapy sessions by supervisors-in-training will also be observed. Members of the course will be given an opportunity to supervise in front of the one-way mirror. Discussion with the members of the supervisory seminar will follow. An effort will be made to conceptualize and derive the principles and practices of supervision and teaching. Each student is required to supervise two beginning psychotherapists and, accordingly, will be assigned two supervisees. Hours are to be arranged. Readings from Fleming and Benedek, Chessick, Sarris, and Buckley will be integrated.

Second year
Fall semester

2272 Advanced principles and techniques of supervision

This course expands on the central principles of psychotherapeutic supervision. Learning problems, transference and countertransference issues which create supervisory impasses will be explored.

Spring Semester

2273 The supervisory process ii

The focus in this semester is on more advanced principles of supervision such as the role of parallel process and the utilization of the emotional experiences of the supervisor.

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