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Online Topic-Oriented Psychotherapy Program (Online TOPP)

Date: Jan 10, 2020 11:15 am


THE 2020 ONLINE TOPIC-ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY PROGRAM (THE ONLINE TOPP) will meet on Fridays from January 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020 from 11:15AM - 1:00PM EST

The Online TOPP is a 28-week, practice oriented, totally interactive educational program. It is designed for working clinicians who wish to learn more about special topics from an Interpersonal psychoanalytic perspective. The Online TOPP will be conducted via ZOOM, an online interactive teaching medium, which is used by many universities for fully interactive distance learning. This program will enable students to deepen their clinical work and learn to apply new theoretical concepts to clinical situations. Through coursework, clinical discussions and a collegial peer experience, clinicians will learn to approach their work with an increasingly sophisticated psychodynamic sensibility.




Fridays 1/10/20 - 8/14/20

11:15AM - 1:00AM Eastern Time

Weekly training consists of lectures and clinical discussion led by William Alanson White Institute faculty members. The 28 week program is comprised of four modules, each seven weeks in duration. Students will be enrolled in all four modules, comprising a cohort of students studying together over the 28 weeks.




Module 1:

Analytic Influences on Character Formation and Functioning

Teacher: Margaret (Peggy) Crastnopol, PhD


Module 2

Current Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Teacher: Deborah Glazer, PhD


Module 3:

Death for Clinicians: How to Treat a Patient Who Is Dying

Teacher: Rande Brown, LCSW


Module 4:

Sullivan: Psychoanalysis from North America

Teacher: Pascal Sauvayre, PhD


The Online TOPP program fosters collegiality and involvement in the overall White Institute community. Online relationships between students in the class are encouraged and will be facilitated.We expect the student cohort to be drawn from clinicians around the globe. All participants will receive a complementary Online copy of the Institute's internationally acclaimed journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis.



Module 1 Jan. 10 - Feb. 21, 2020

Module 2 March 6 - April 17, 2020

Module 3 May 1 - June 12, 2020

Module 4 June 26 - Aug. 14, 2020 (not July 3)


Please note, the instructor may schedule a makeup session during the interim week between modules, if necessary.



Tuition is $3,000 and is nonrefundable.



Please complete the application form online with a $75 application fee paid via PayPal. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received. You will be contacted for a short Online video chat with the program director after your application is received.


Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their own psychotherapy work as it pertains to the topic being taught. It is important to note that any discussion about student cases that may occur is not considered supervision; rather it will contribute a richness to the teaching/learning experience. As such, we strongly encourage all students to be in their own private supervision outside of the program.




The White Institute was founded in 1943 by interpersonal psychoanalysts Harry Stack Sullivan, Clara Thompson, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and Eric Fromm, among others. Our primary function has always been and continues to be the training of psychoanalysts. Over a decade ago we started training psychotherapists in our in-person IPPP program. In 2016 we expanded this training to therapists online with Russian translation. And in 2018 we expanded our online training of therapists to English speaking students.




The White institute's analytic position is Interpersonal. This position was shaped by the founders' belief in the continuous, unconscious, mutual influence of the analyst and patient upon one another. Interpersonal psychoanalysis and psychotherapy are thus two-person experiences because both the analyst and patient are affected by their pasts as they are embedded in the present. These interpersonal theories are threaded throughout the program.




A certificate of completion of coursework is awarded at the end of the course. 49 credits are available for physicians, psychologists and NY social workers. CE credits may be available for other professions on a state-by-state basis.


If you have further questions before applying, please feel free to contact the Director of the program, Karen G. Gennaro, MD at karenggennaro@aol.com and please type "Online TOPP" in the subject line. Thank you.