Director: Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.
The clinical program at Ferkauf takes pride in its long tradition of psychodynamic training. All students in the clinical program receive broad exposure to psychodynamic therapy in the form of a required didactic course. Students interested in concentrated psychodynamic training may elect to complete the psychodynamic practicum toward the fulfillment of the required advanced two-year psychotherapy practicum.
While every student in the Psychodynamic Training Program is exposed to classical theoretical concepts, the basic thrust of the coursework and practica is on contemporary psychoanalysis. This includes a focus on the exploration and use of the therapeutic relationship in the here and now, the affective interactions of the therapeutic dyad, unconscious communications, and the use of the therapist’s self to illuminate the dynamics of the therapy. We train students to use contemporary conceptualizations of transference and countertransference as some of the primary material in the sessions. Our offerings within this orientation tap both the heterogeneity of the tradition itself and a variety of modalities in which it finds expression.
Students may learn interpersonal, object relational, Freudian, and self-psychological theories, in individual, couples and family courses and practica. To fulfill the concentration, students have the option to take didactic courses emphasizing research and treatment, and receive practicum training in the third and fourth years.
Review the required coursework and practicum (PDF).
Students enrolled in the Individual Psychodynamic Practicum are assigned individual psychotherapy patients from the Parnes Psychology Clinic. Fourth-year students enrolled in the Psychodynamic Track are placed in the Advanced Psychodynamic Lab. A particularly distinctive feature of this program is the unique opportunity to attend small group discussions with contemporary leaders in the field. Some of our recent discussants have included Mark Blechner, PhD, author of Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis; Edgar Levenson, MD, author of The Purloined Self; and Darlene Ehrenberg, PhD, author of The Intimate Edge.
A highlight of our program is the significant amount of supervision that students in the Psychodynamic Practicum receive.
Therapy Practicum Lab Supervisors:
Dr. Ron AviramDr. Francine GodetDr. Shelly GoldklankDr. Martin RockDr. Pascal SauvayreDr. Leslie Warfield
Review a full list of our Psychodynamic individual supervisors (PDF).
This practicum trains students in a psychoanalytic-systemic integrative framework, with a great deal of exposure to a range of systemic orientations. Students receive intensive supervision that includes both “live” supervision, through the one-way mirror in the classroom and weekly offsite supervision with a senior systems therapist. This weekly supervision uses recordings of each of the student's sessions for the supervisory material.
Family and Couple Practicum Lab Supervisors:
Dr. Carl BagniniDr. Bruce BermanDr. Richard BriggsDr.
Shoshana BulowDr. Jantra CollDr. Eugenio DuarrteDr. Gladys FoxMs. Stacey
FredericksDr. Laurie FreemanDr. Richard FulmerDr. Francine GodetDr. Toni HerisDr. Stephanie ManesDr. Barbara Russek
Advanced students may also learn to supervise from an interpersonal-relational psychodynamic perspective in the Clinical Supervision course. Students from other theoretical orientations are welcomed and discussion of integrative clinical approaches is encouraged. In this course, fourth-year students receive supervision on their supervision of first-year students’ clinical interviews. In addition, theories of supervision and clinical, developmental, ethical and personal issues in the teaching and learning of psychotherapy are discussed. Students are encouraged to present the dilemmas, successes and problems in their own supervisory experiences.
For inquiries, contact Luis Nobrega or Alexandra Drake.
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
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