The curriculum of both psychoanalytic training programs (the Certificate Program in Psychoanaly and the Licensure-Qualifying Program in Psychoanalysis) provides Philip Bromberg & Jay Greenbergcandidates a survey of the principal issues that shape clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis. Candidates in both programs take most classes and seminars together, and each entering class moves largely as a group through 360 class sessions meeting over the span of four years. Two classes run consecutively on Tuesday evenings, and a third meets Thursday evenings during three ten-week trimesters per academic year. After the fall trimester of the third year, instead of Thursday evening classes candidates select a total of three 500-level Clinical Case Seminars and two 600-level Elective Courses. When the core required curriculum has been completed, candidates must take three 500-/600-level courses per year to maintain enrollment. All coursework must be completed within six years unless an extension is granted by the Director of Training.


In keeping with New York State Education Department regulatory requirements, candidates in the Licensure-Qualifying Program in Psychoanalysis are also required to take additional course work in the areas of psychoanalytic research, child abuse identification and reporting, and professional issues, including "scope of practice."


Candidates are permitted to change the sequence of certain courses and to make certain substitutions or time rearrangements if they feel it is helpful in their training. To do so, candidates should contact the Director of Curriculum.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are descriptions of the required courses during each of the four years and the current offerings of electives. Website visitors may click on the title of each course to view its reading list.

First Year Required Courses

110: David Thurn, LCSW, Ph.D.

David Thurn1st Trimester, 10 sessions

2nd Trimester, 5 sessions

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 PM


Evolution of Psychoanalytic Concepts I: The Development of Freud's Theory

This course will trace the development of Freud's thinking as he struggled to create a distinctively psychoanalytic vision of human experience. Beginning with the earliest works, we will explore his efforts to grapple with the clinical and conceptual problems that confronted a new and evolving discipline. Studying the history of Freud's struggles and his solutions should illuminate the difficulties and the possibilities that confront psychoanalytic theory and practice to this day.


Lori Bohm111Robert Langan

Lori Bohm, Ph.D.

Robert Langan, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 5 sessions

Landmarks in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.

This course provides an overview of the curriculum and training process with regard to key perspectives and paradigm shifts influencing interpersonal psychoanalysis. A first goal is to obtain a preliminary overview of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, and its application in analytic training through the curriculum, supervision, and personal psychoanalysis. A second goal is to recognize in analytic change the centrality of subtle opening and closing to raw experience, the centifugal and centripetal forces impinging upon self transformation. A third goal is to begin to develop curiosity about, and fellow-feeling with, one's classmates as interpersonal co-participants and co-educators. Candidates should begin to realize personally how a developing comprehension of psychoanalytic change entails reorientation in theory, clinical praxis, and experience of oneself, alone and with others.



112Gary Schlesinger

Gary Schlesinger, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Beginning the Treatment - Conceptual and Clinical Approaches

Thursdays, 7:30- 9:30 p.m.


This course will attempt to familiarize candidates with the complex issues involved in beginning a psychoanalytic treatment. I will try to provide a comparative, contextual approach to the clinical issues involved as one's beliefs about what facilitates mutative experience may determine how one seeks to begin a treatment. I will use a combination of readings discussing conceptual and practical matters and clinical material from both my practice and cases presented by candidates


113Miltiades Zaphiropoulos

Elizabeth K. Krimendahl, Psy.D. and Miltiades Zaphiropoulos, M.D.

September - July

Clinic Fellowship Seminar

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:55 pm

For candidates participating in the clinic fellowship.


We will explore a number of questions in the treatment of our clinic patients: How can the clinician approach administrative issues (fee setting, medication, medical records, etc.) from a dynamic perspective? How can we establish rapport in the initial phase of treatment while organizing a developmental history and differential diagnosis? What are the treatment limits in our clinic? Candidates will present case material for discussion.




Philip Blumberg, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Developing Interpersonalism in Historical Context:

Sullivan, Thompson, Fromm and the Pioneers

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


This course provides an opportunity for candidates to think as psychoanalysts about several of the provocative and ongoing issues that inspired the development of interpersonal psychoanalytic theory. Ferenczi, for example, weighing mutuality in the analytic dyad, pondered what Sullivan would see as participant observation. Fromm, Thompson and others considered adaptation to, vs. confrontation of, extant cultural norms. Fromm-Reichman confronted the nature of being with another in the face of existential aloneness. The thoughts of these and other writers will be discussed via several contexts: their unique personalities, the zeitgeist of their professional lives, and the liveliness of their relevance to our consulting rooms. Discussion will explore the thoughts of these and other writers via several contexts: their unique personalities, the zeitgeist of their professional lives, and the liveliness of their current relevance to our consulting rooms.



Andrew Druck, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 5 sessions

3nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Evolution of Psychoanalytic Concepts II:

Freud and the Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


This course will study the historical evolution of the theory of psychoanalytic technique. Beginning with Freud's technical papers, evolving ideas about classical psychoanalysis as a treatment method will be studied, highlighting the history of psychoanalysis and developing and ongoing controversies about psychoanalytic practice. Among the concepts explored are: "technical" considerations; the analytic attitude; transference and resistance; abstinence and neutrality; the role of interpretation; mutative factors in treatment; self-disclosure and countertransference; the clinical situation and personal interaction.

Pasqual Pantone

Mark Blechner


Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Dreams - Introductory Seminar

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


The theoretical aspects of unconscious processes and their communication as seen in dreams are addressed. The focus will be on (1) understanding the structure of dreams and the psychology of the dream process, and (2) the clinical use of dreams in the early phases of psychoanalysis.


Second year required courses



Robert Shapiro


Robert B. Shapiro, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Evolution of the Person in Childhood and Adolescence - Clinical Theories - Their Sources and Context

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


This course will survey the developmental literature from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis will be on the classical works of Mahler, Stern, Winnicott, and Sullivan, among others. We will use the readings to discuss how a developmental perspective can be utilized in working with adult patients. Reconstruction, transference and countertransference, adaptation and resistance will all be considered through a developmental lens.



Marcelo Rubin, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Sullivan and the Beginnings of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


This class will provide an in-depth focus on Harry Stack Sullivan's work. The historical context of his ideas and work, his developmental schema, the centrality of anxiety, and key concepts (e.g., security operations, detailed inquiry, parataxis, dissociation) are elaborated in a theoretical and a clinical framework. Students and the instructor present clinical vignettes for clarification of the basic principles of treatment. Differences between the interpersonal orientation and approaches of other schools will be clarified.



Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D.Philip BrombergLawrence Brown

Lawrence O. Brown, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Case Seminar in the Psychoanalytic Process

Thursdays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Emphasis will be on listening to clinical process in a manner that reveals how patient and analyst, through their complex, multi-layered relationship, are dissociatively enacting some aspects of their immediate experience that are excluded from cognitive representation and therefore cannot be explicitly addressed. Several members of the class will present process material using audiotape recordings of their ongoing work with a patient in psychoanalytic therapy or psychoanalysis. What the class experiences as it listens will be the matrix of discussion and, hopefully, will be related to relevant theoretical and clinical issues that broaden in scope as the seminar progresses. The goal is to facilitate increasing sensitivity to the interface between what is affectively enacted as dissociated communication and whatever is taking place consciously for each participant.



Pascal E. Sauvayre, Ph.D.Pascal Sauvayre

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Psychoanalysis in Context: A History of Ideas

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


The aim of this course is to reveal the intellectual foundations and structures of psychoanalysis, which are often obfuscated by unexamined assumptions in both theory and practice. Using the historical story line of the self, from its inception with Descartes' cogito to its alleged death in postmodernism, the context of key psychoanalytic concepts are examined. Passages from primary texts of Descartes, Pascal, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Sartre, Lacan, Marcuse, and Foucault are supplemented by a reference text that reviews the relevant philosophical landscape for psychoanalysis. This overview seeks to flesh out the intermingling of subversive and conservative, of constructive and destructive elements embedded in the psychoanalytic project, both theoretical and clinical.



Sandra Buechler, Ph.D.

Gurmeet Singh Kanwal, M.D.

2nd Trimester, 5 sessions

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Psychopathology - Issues of Diagnosis, Entity, Process and Character

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


This course explores some of the ways human beings cope with the challenges of being a person. It will be suggested that there are some fundamental human dilemmas, and some frequently recurring attempts at solutions. Diagnosis attempts to name and describe some of the ways, however faulty, people try to deal with life. How a psychoanalytic perspective compares with a DSM-IV classification and the impact of diagnostic considerations on the analyst's technique will be explored.


222Warren Wilner

Warren Wilner, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 7 sessions

Jenny Kaufmann, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 3 sessions

The Analytic Interaction: Transference - Countertransference

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


The current literature on interaction is particularly relevant to an Interpersonal perspective. Practically every orientation is revising their thinking on the therapeutic dyad in the direction of a more interactive or relational model. In terms of covering this prolific topic, we are aided by some of the required courses in the curriculum, which cover the earlier perspectives on transference and counter transference, i.e.: Freud, Classical, early Interpersonal, Object Relations, etc. Additionally some other courses cover modern revisions from certain perspectives or from specific theorists i.e.: modern Freudians, some contemporary Interpersonalists, infancy research, Self Psychology, etc. Thus this part of the course concentrates on several major contemporary revisions of the theory and technique of analytic interaction which are coalescing into the growing Relational perspective.



Emily Kuriloff

Emily Kuriloff, Psy.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Modern Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

This course will be the third course in a second year survey of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis beginning with Sullivan's work and taking the student into the present. Both linkages to the past and the uniqueness of current positions are to be defined and compared. This course will build on the two previous courses in presenting contemporary interpersonal and relational views.





231Anton Hart

Anton Hart, Ph.D.

Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 5 sessions

Ethics in Psychoanalytic Practice

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


This course addresses ethical issues in contemporary psychoanalysis with an emphasis on matters clinical. Utilizing readings and case examples brought in by the instructor and the participants, the class aspires to serve as a forum for ethical group supervision. Particular attention will be paid to boundary conditions and to potential conflicts between the psychoanalytic endeavor and the contexts within which it is undertaken. Also addressed will be the unique contribution of a psychoanalytic sensibility to the formulation of an ethical stance.



Richard Loewus, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

The Problem of Technique

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Psychoanalytic technique has fallen on hard times. It is generally accepted that there is no received technique, no one right way to handle any given clinical interaction. At the same time candidates come to training to learn general principles, perhaps even specific skills, necessary to conduct a successful analytic treatment. We will explore this tension through readings drawn from conflicting visions of analytic technique – received, improvised, spontaneous. The readings raise questions regarding the definition of fundamental tenets of clinical theory, the technical hypotheses they generate, and the problems they raise. During classes we will analyze transcripts of clinical process in order to explore the controversies raised by each week's readings and to gain our own perspective into the fundamental problem of learning to conduct a psychoanalytic treatment.


Third year required courses


310Seth Aronson

Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

Deborah Fraser, Ph.D.

Richard Rubens, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Object Relations Theory - Klein

Object Relations Theory - British Middle School

Object Relations Theory - Fairbairn

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


This course provides an overview of object relations theory through a consecutive focus on three major contributors: Klein, Winnicott and Fairbairn.


311Christopher Bonovitz

Christopher Bonovitz, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Comparative Theories of Therapeutic Action

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


Comparative approaches to therapeutic action will be surveyed and illustrated via readings and case presentations.


312Amnon Issacharoff

Amnon Issacharoff, M.D.

Gilead Nachmani, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Working Psychoanalytically

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Gilead NachmaniThe purpose of this course is to examine and consolidate psychoanalytic thinking in its application both to short- and long-term clinical work, and in particular to work with "difficult" patients posing difficult treatment predicaments. Working psychoanalytically entails an awareness of transference, insight and working through, as well as an interpersonal engagement with patients in whatever ways they choose to present themselves. This way of working effectively integrates psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in a common interpersonal approach. Readings will frame problematic situations for class discussion; presentations of clinical examples by instructors and candidates will provide in vivo application.




Sue Kolod, Ph.D.

William Lubart, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Current Theories of Gender and Sexuality

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


Since its inception, many aspects of psychoanalytic theory have been based upon 19th-century cultural assumptions about sexuality and gender. Feminist critiques of those earlier assumptions began to appear in the early 20th century, both within the field and from psychoanalytic outsiders. Following in the footsteps of late 20th century gender theorists, scholars in gay and lesbian studies—and later queer theorists—would further deconstruct traditional, cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality. In the 1980s and 1990s, as psychoanalysis became less heterosexist, openly lesbian and gay analysts began to publish their work. Many of them drew upon gender studies, literary studies and queer theory to introduce "gender bending" approaches into the psychoanalytic canon. This seminar introduces candidates to some of the ways in which the outsider's sensibility—with a particular focus on psychoanalytic theories about homosexuality and approaches to its origins and "treatment—offers insights into psychoanalytic theory and practice in general.



Neil Altman, Ph.D.

Ricardo Arango, M.D.

Cleonie White, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester


10 sessions

Psychoanalysis: Race, Class, Culture, Difference

Tuesdays, 7:15 pm - 8:30 p.m.


This course addresses various ways issues of race, ethnicity, social class, and difference influence the treatment process. The first section of the course provides a broad conceptual framework; the second section focuses on the Hispanic population of the United States as a case in point.



331Joerg Bose

Joerg Bose, M.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Kohut, Self Psychology and Current Derivatives

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


The basic concepts of Kohut's self psychology and their evolution in current self psychological thinking will be reviewed. The clinical usefulness of a concept of self and the postmodern challenge thereof will be discussed and studied in pertinent case vignettes.



Series - Elective Clinical Case Seminars

One Required



Series - Elective Courses

One Required.



Fourth year required courses




Anton Hart, Ph.D. and Sue Kolod, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 8 sessions

Seminar - Faculty and Candidate Presentations of Psychoanalytic Clinical Process

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


In this seminar senior psychoanalysts will present detailed clinical process material to demonstrate both how they work as well as to conceptualize what is transpiring. Candidates will be encouraged to question, explore and critique the material. Candidates will also have the opportunity to present clinical material. There is no formal reading syllabus for this class, though readings may be assigned as the need arises.



Christina Sekaer, M.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


The explosion of new data in neuroscience has made possible more detailed comparisons between specific brain and mind functions. Several areas will be explored with an eye on how neuroscience insights may enhance our psychoanalytic thinking.



Seth Aronson


Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

2nd Trimester, 9 sessions

Contemporary Kleinian Viewpoints

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


This course covers the major contributions of important neo-Kleinians such as Wilfred Bion, Hanna Segal, Betty Joseph, Ronald Britton and John Steiner, and explores post-Kleinian developments and issues such as contemporary understandings of the Paranoid-Schizoid, Depressive and Oedipal positions, therapeutic action and interaction, and the clinical use of projective identification. These contemporary Kleinian views will be compared and contrasted with interpersonal perspectives.



Elizabeth Hegeman, Ph.D.

Sharon Kofman, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Trauma and Dissociation

Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:00 p.m.


The focus of this seminar will be to read contemporary essays on trauma, dissociation, and treatment. All participants will be encouraged to reflect on the readings through the lens of their own work with traumatized patients.




Jay Greenberg, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 5 sessions

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.



431Ruth Imber

Ruth R. Imber, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 8 sessions

Contemporary Freudian - Classical Positions

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.


Through readings, class discussions and a guest lecture this course will explore the defining aspects of present day Freudian theory and clinical practice. Contrasts to interpersonal/relational approaches will be emphasized.


Donnel Stern432

Donnell B. Stern, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Current Issues and Controversies

Each week we will take up a current issue or controversy in the field and discuss a couple of articles that address it. These issues and controversies have been chosen for their current significance, which means that they are some of the issues and topics that analysts graduating now will be thinking about for at least the next few years. Since this course takes place in the final trimester of the fourth year, our discussions will be contextualized by the question of what it means in today's world to be a psychoanalyst. What kind of practice can a graduate psychoanalyst expect to have? What kind of professional identity is desirable and possible? In exactly what sense are psychoanalytic ideas significant for the careers of graduate analysts? Some weeks will feature readings with two or more points of view about the same topic. Those topics include free association, the role of quantitative research in psychoanalysis, the question of how to define psychoanalysis in our current era of lower frequency treatment, the question of being the bad object or the good object, and the nature of termination. Other weeks will feature instead an examination of topics that seem bound to be interesting and important over the coming years. Those topics include witnessing in clinical practice, the nonsymbolic and the procedural in clinical process, and conceptions of otherness and the grasp of otherness in the consulting room.




Elective Courses

  • Five 500 or 600 Series Electives Required


500 Clinical Case Seminars


510Darlene Ehrenberg

Darlene B. Ehrenberg, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Clinical Case Seminar - Working at the Intimate Edge

Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Time is negotiable.


This seminar will focus both on theory and practice. Detailed clinical data of participants and the instructor will be used to illustrate and discuss issues of working at the intimate edge.



Eric Singer, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Clinical Case Seminar

Tuesdays, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.


The focal point of this seminar will be the role of the analyst's personality as it affects the course of the analysis. Candidates will present vignettes from their work for discussion.



Miri AbramisMiri Abramis, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Clinical Case Seminar

Will be held at instructor's office.

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


In this case seminar, we will focus on patient and analyst difficulties tolerating intense affect, particularly as related to disruption in the frame (e.g. time, money, space, analytic attitude). Participants will present detailed process from psychotherapy or psychoanalytic cases.



Allison Rosen, Ph.D.Allison Rosen

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Clinical Case Seminar

Wednesdays, 11:00 - 1:30 pm


The purpose of this course is to deepen inquiry into the analytic process. The class will present process material of their ongoing work. Every member of the group will be encouraged to discuss their understanding of the presenter's material using images, theory, personal life history, group process. Part of the goal of the course is to help candidates find a way to use the group to facilitate understanding of transference and countertransference issues. Each individual in the group will be encouraged to find the necessary conditions to reveal themselves and best use the group for deeper understanding of their clinical work.



Richard Gartner, Ph.D.Richard Gartner

Clinical Case Seminar: Working with Sexually Abused and/or Dissociated Patients


This seminar includes intensive ongoing discussion of students' cases that have issues involving sexual abuse and/or dissociation due to trauma. Students should have some familiarity with the work of Bromberg, Davies and Frawley, and Gartner, or expect to read from their work during the course.




600 Elective Courses



Robert Langan, Ph.D.

10 sessions

Reading as Stance

Trimester, day and time will be negotiated with instructor.


This seminar proposes collaboratively to construct a notion of psychological stance as a kind of reading, an active and automatic construction of experience into self-in-the-world. Commonalities in the reading of literature, self, and another person will be considered. Literary readings might include Nabokov, Bakhtin, Bromberg, and Winnicott, depending on the interests of the class.




Evelyn Hartman, Ph.D.

1st Trimester

10 Sessions

Psychodynamics of Love

Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Time and dates are negotiable.

This course will examine the psychoanalytic literature on the dynamics of romantic love. We will consider definitions of and developmental precursors to romantic love as well as developmental trajectories that lead to difficulties in love relationships. We will examine the development of sexuality and attachment and its relationship to the development of a romantic object. Subjective dimensions of romantic love such as passion, desire and erotic experience as well as the role of fantasy within these will be examined. Finally, changes over time in long lasting love relationships will be addressed. Clinical examples will be presented.




Sarah Stemp, Ph.D.

1st Trimester

10 sessions

Aspects of Termination

Tuesdays, 11:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Dates and times may be negotiated.



This course will focus upon the co-construction and experience of the termination phase of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We will also consider issues involved in other kinds of endings as well, such as terminations due to a variety of external factors, or prolonged impasse. The course will address assessment of readiness (timing), characteristic issues which typically emerge for patient and analyst during the termination phase (e.g., mourning, regression, pride in and envy of growth and achievement, acceptance of limitation and imperfection, etc.), and questions around post-termination contact. Throughout, using clinical material, particular attention will be given to transference-countertransference dimensions of the termination process.



Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Integrating Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Couples Therapy

Will be held at instructor's office.

Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. (Flexible)


We will discuss an integrative psychoanalytic-systemic approach to treating couples. Our goals are: 1.) To understand the theory of technique, and 2.) To enrich your repertoire of techniques through the analysis of videos of sessions and through discussing cases.



Joseph Schachter, M.D., Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Clinical/Analytic Research Course for Candidates and Faculty

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


The purpose of this course is to assess whether developing a research orientation towards clinical material will increase the range and scope of psychodynamic hypotheses about that material. The development of a research orientation involves enhancing awareness of the limitation of our knowledge and understanding of these clinical materials. Emphasis will be placed upon the tentativeness with which interventions should be made and the capacity to develop tolerance for uncertainty. Sessions for each patient discussed will be presented seriatim for four weeks each.


616Robert Gaines

Robert Gaines, Ph.D.

1st Trimester, 10 sessions

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Supervision

Will be held at instructor's office.

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


This course will be aimed at students who have had no formal training in supervision or have begun doing some supervision.


While there is no cohesive model of the supervisory process, it has been more thoroughly studied and conceptualized then many clinicians realize. This course will attempt to acquaint students with that work. This course will attempt to articulate an interpersonal/relational point of view. The main features of that point of view are an emphasis on the supervisory relationship as a collaborative endeavor, and an alertness to the ongoing experiences of both participants in the relationship and the way those experiences can facilitate or hinder learning.


This course will aim to acquaint students with the basic tools of the supervisor and to give them some experiential exposure to their own personally based biases, blind spots, strengths, and weaknesses as supervisors.



Mark Goldenthal, Ph.D.

2nd Trimester

10 sessions

Current Research in Complex Psychopathology

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Time and dates are negotiable.


619, 629, 639David Koch

David Koch, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Trimester, day and time will be negotiated with instructor.

Ongoing Clinical Research Proseminar


This seminar provides an opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research at the White Institute Clinic. It is designed to review relevant clinical research, research techniques and problems, to join ongoing research projects, and to develop further research using resources of clinic data and the experience of fellow clinic-affiliated researchers. The course can be repeated from one trimester to another in order to follow research projects towards completion.


621Emily Kuriloff

Emily Kuriloff, Psy.D.

2nd Trimester, 10 sessions

Critical Controversies for Clinicians

Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.


What works with patients, and why? This course will examine the debate in a fashion useful to the working analyst. Is it still about making the unconscious conscious? Transference analysis? How do we integrate fantasy and interaction in the here & now? Empathic listening and confrontation? Reliving and new experience?


Readings will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of the group, but will include works by Klein, Kohut, Sullivan, and Levenson. Loewald, Shafer, Greenberg and other integrative thinkers will aid in our synthesis.




Robert Langan, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

Attending Within: Strategies of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

Tuesdays, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.


Robert LanganHow do you decide, when sitting with a patient, or for that matter, when sitting with yourself, what to pay attention to? A foundational assumption of psychoanalysis is that one has more leeway in choosing than at first it appears, and that by choosing differently comes the possibility of living differently. One can alter the nature of self experience. Similarly, a foundational assumption of Buddhism is that the givens of reality are in a profound way illusory, and that realization of how this is so leads to a profound alteration in the nature of self experience. The strategies of Buddhism and psychoanalysis that lead toward such alteration bear comparison. The goal of the course is to highlight attention to attention as an introspective wild card in personality change. Its relevance is both clinical and personal.


Sharon Kofman, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions


Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma

Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.


Schedule is negotiable.

The intersubjective turn in psychoanalysis has heightened interest in the intergenerational transmission of trauma and its haunting consequences. With a focus on early relational trauma and historical trauma, we will explore how trauma is transferred and complexly manifested in subsequent generations. We will trace the variety of ways the concept of intergenerational transmission is conceptualized and considered within contemporary psychoanalytic adult and parent-infant treatment. We will also explore the relevance of these processes for clinical listening and the patient-analyst interaction. Materials for the course will include case studies and treatment literature, memoirs, and film excerpts.



Grant Brenner, M.D.

3rd Trimester

10 sessions

More Simply Complex Than Otherwise

Time and dates to be negotiated



Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Theories represent a paradigm shift, marrying "subjective" and "objective" aspects of understanding in a broad framework within which specific analytic theories can be located. This course provides a basic competency with complexity theories in order to re-frame key areas of psychoanalytic interest, to enhance analytic work, and to open up new possibilities for experiential understanding in the analytic consulting room.




3rd Trimester

New York State Mandates: Child Abuse Reporting, Scope of Practice, and Professional Malpractice

Saturday, 9:30 – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Date to be arranged in conjunction with participants.

This course is designed to provide New York State mandated information about legal requirements to report child abuse, and to practice ethically within guidelines defining scope of practice. Completion of this course and passing its Mandates Quiz should meet pertinent stipulations to qualify as a Licensed Psychoanalyst.




Lawrence Epstein, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions


Will be held at instructor's office.

Thursdays, 7:40 - 9:10 p.m.


The instructor and students will present countertransference difficulties to determine both how they might be hindering the therapeutic process and how they might possibly illuminate the meaning and function of ongoing transferences and resistances. Historical and theoretical countertransference issues will be discussed as they arise in connection with the assigned readings and/or clinical material. This course may count as a clinical case seminar.



Thomas Beckett, Ph.D.

3rd Trimester, 10 sessions

The Psychoanalyst as Biographer: Selective Chapters from Five Works of Memoir

Will be held at instructor's office. Time & Date may be negotiable.

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