Psychodynamic Training Program

Coursework and Practicum

All students in the clinical program receive broad exposure to psychodynamic therapy in the form of two required didactic courses (Psychoanalytic Theory, and a choice of Interpersonal Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, and Self Psychology). Students interested in concentrated psychodynamic training may elect to take a PD psychotherapy practicum (called a lab) for their required third year lab and an Advanced PD psychotherapy lab for their required fourth year lab toward the fulfillment of the required advanced two-year psychotherapy practicum.  Students in the third year PD practicum must already have taken Psychoanalytic Theory and a choice of Interpersonal Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, and Self Psychology).  Students in the Advanced PD lab are strongly encouraged to take the remaining two of those PD theory of intervention courses not already selected. 

Practicum Experience

Students enrolled in the Individual Psychodynamic Practica are assigned individual psychotherapy patients from the Parnes Psychology Clinic. The patient diagnoses may include a range of personality disorders, as well as past substance abuse and or hospitalizations.  There are additionally patients whose complaints are relationship difficulties, family difficulties, and sequelae from trauma.  Patients from the Parnes Clinic are diverse in socio economics, ethnicity, sexual orientation, possible disability, and therapeutic issues. While every student in the Psychodynamic Training Program is exposed to classical theoretical concepts, the thrust of the 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 communication, and the use of the therapist's self to illuminate the dynamics of the therapy. The lab is a small group, generally six students plus the instructor (a senior psychoanalytic faculty member), who develop a safe atmosphere in which to discuss any issues of the patient, the therapist, the therapeutic dyad and the supervisory experience. We train students to use contemporary conceptualizations of transference and countertransference as some of the primary material in the sessions as well as to observe and utilize the process and flow of continuity and disruption between the therapeutic dyad. Students receive three hours of weekly supervision for treating 2-4 patients: one hour in an individual format with an off site supervisor and two hours in a group format through the practicum labs.  All instructors are graduates of psychoanalytic institutes and active in writing, presenting, and practicing in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  All off site supervisors have significant post doctoral training in various orientations within psychodynamic psychotherapy.

A particularly distinctive feature of the advanced lab program is the unique opportunity to attend small group discussions with contemporary leaders in the field in the private offices of those psychoanalysts. Some of our recent discussants/hosts 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.

Students may also further extend their training by enrolling in other elective PD courses offered at the school, (for example, Supervision of supervision wherein advanced students supervise the work of first year students intakes), and by completing externships that specialize in psychodynamic training.  

Clinical Research Experience

Clinical research is facilitated through the PD program in the areas of trauma, geropsychology, supervision issues, multicultural issues and experiences, and diverse couples and family investigations, identity issues, therapy process, and others including issues of those seeking asylum.  A student is paired with a psychodynamic faculty member whom the student has requested and who agrees to work with the student.  The student and faculty member then work on developing the research project together.

These areas of research are facilitated through two semesters of research seminars that eventually lead to Doctoral Research Projects I and II: 

  • PSC 6145:  Psychology of Trauma, Carl Auerbach, Ph.D
  • PSC6146:   Psychological Trauma II, Carl Auerbach, Ph.D.
  • PSC 6520, PSC 6528:  Effective Psychotherapists: An Integrative Approach I and II, Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D.
  • PSC 6468:  Research in Couples, Family, and Psychoanalysis: Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.
  • PSC 6524:  Research on Psychotherapy and the Process of Change, Martin Rock, Ph.D.
  • PSC 6529, PSC 6530:  Research in Depression and Personality Disorder in Older Adults I and II, Richard Zweig, Ph.D.
Introductory Theoretical Course
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
    PSC 6195 (Martin Rock, Ph.D.)

    This is a course on the development of psychoanalytic theory from Freud's early writing on the treatment of hysteria to its differentiation into Object Relations theory, Self Psychology, and Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalysis.  The intent in this course is to provide students with a solid grounding in the basic theory of psychoanalysis and its modifications and extensions.  The goals are to introduce students to the extraordinary intellectual achievement that psychoanalytic theory represents and to familiarize students with its concepts that are basic to clinical work.
Intervention Courses
  • Interpersonal and Relational Psychotherapy
    PSC 6498 (Martin Rock, Ph.D.)

    This is a survey of the interpersonal approach to the conception and conduct of psychotherapy and therapeutic engagement; the therapeutic relationship, transference, and countertransference, the analysis of dreams, and the process of supervision.  Comparison and contrasting of the interpersonal approach with other therapeutic models also takes place.
  • Object Relations Therapy
    PSC 6175 (Ron Aviram, Ph.D.)

    The Object Relations Theory and Therapy course will familiarize students with the major theories that developed primarily by the British Independent group of psychoanalysts in the first half of the twentieth century.  These object relations theories influenced the evolution of psychoanalysis.  A major contemporary trend known as relational psychoanalysis is a direct outgrowth of the writings of those early psychoanalysts.  The course will discuss the early contributors to Object Relations Theory, including Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, W.R.D. Fairbairn, Harry Guntrip, D.W. Winnicott, and John Bowlby.  Each class will integrate clinical material that will be discussed in the context of that day's reading material.  In addition to the early contributors to object relations theory, we will read and discuss the work of contemporary writers who have been directly influenced by the early object relations psychoanalysts.  These writers include Christopher Bollas, Thomas Ogden, David Scharff and Jill Savage Scharff, and Stephen Mitchell. We will continuously make an effort to understand how theory influences our clinical applications using clinical material from recent and ongoing cases.
  • Clinical Concepts in Couples and Family Therapy
    PSC 6463 (Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.)

    This course covers an analysis of couples' and families' healthy functioning and malfunctioning.  Students examine mate selection, some theories of technique, and techniques from a variety of couples and family therapy perspectives including: Interpersonal Psychoanalytic-Systemic; Emotion Focused, Object-relational; Bowenian Systems; Structural; and Neuroscience views.
  • Self Psychology (Dr. Auerbach)
    PSC 6491 (Dr. Auerbach)

    Self Psychology, a form of psychoanalytic theory developed by Heinz Kohut, focuses on the vicissitudes and disturbances of self experience in therapy and in life.  One of its major concepts is the self-object, a term referring to other people on whom the person's self experience depends.  The following topics will be examined in the course: (1) How Kohut modified classical psychoanalytic theory to create self-psychology. (2) How Kohut's initial formulations were further developed by important contemporary theorists including: Stolorow, Atwood & Oranve; Shane & Shane, and Lichtenberg.  (3) Self psychological approaches to psychotherapy. (4) Criticisms of self-psychology within contemporary psychoanalysis. (5) Application of self psychological concepts to areas such as addiction, trauma, and personality discarders.  Students taking the course should have some acquaintance with psychoanalytic theory and some experience doing psychotherapy.
Practicum Courses
  • Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lab I (Multiple Instructors)
  • Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lab II (Multiple Instructors)
  • Advanced Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lab I (Multiple Instructors)
  • Advanced Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lab II (Multiple Instructors)
  • Couples and Family Therapy with Practicum I (Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.)
  • Couples and Family Therapy with Practicum II (Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.)
  • Clinical Supervision (Martin Rock, Ph.D.)

A highlight of our program is the significant amount of supervision that students in the Psychodynamic Practicum receive. For individual psychotherapy, each student is paired with a licensed clinical psychologist for weekly supervision that takes place at supervisors' private offices

Group supervision is also provided in a weekly, two-hour lab. The lab group consists of approximately five students and is led by a clinical professor who is also a practicing psychoanalytically oriented therapist, and graduate of a psychoanalytic institute. All adjunct clinical professors and clinical supervisors associated with the psychodynamic labs have also received extensive postdoctoral training and are graduates of highly esteemed psychoanalytic institutes. These include the William Alanson White Institute, the New York University Post Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Students in the Advanced PD. Psychotherapy lab have the opportunity to interact with senior psychoanalysts in the field about particular issues such as sexual diversity (Mark Blechner, Ph.D.) Termination with patients (Darlene Ehrenberg, Ph.D.) and how change happens in therapy (Edgar Levenson, M.D.)


Director, Psychodynamic Training Program: Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.

Core Faculty

  • Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.
  • Carl Auerbach, Ph.D.
  • Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D.
  • Richard Zweig, Ph.D.

Psychodynamic Individual Psychotherapy Lab Instructors

Advanced Lab

  • Shelly Goldklank, PhD.
  • Richard Fulmer, PhD

Intermediate Labs

  • William Baker, PsyD.

  • Leslie Warfield, PsyD.
  • Ron Aviram, PsyD

Individual Supervisors

  • Dr. Bill Allured
  • Dr. Nancy Atlas
  • Dr. Carl Auerbach
  • Dr. Ron Aviram
  • Dr. Gail Bendheim
  • Dr. Genya Bernstein
  • Dr. Indiana Buttenweiser
  • Dr. Ellen Carni
  • Dr. Jantra Coll
  • Dr. Francine Godet
  • Dr. Jason Greif
  • Dr. Elizabeth Groisser
  • Dr. Gayna Havens
  • Dr. Lisa Juliano
  • Dr. Sandy Krohn
  • Dr. Alexander Levi
  • Dr. Arron Malark
  • Dr. Nora Moore
  • Dr. William Salton
  • Dr. Donna Silbert
  • Dr. Helene Speilmen-Torker
  • Dr. Seth Warren
  • Dr. Maggie Wood
Contact Us

For more information about the PD training program please call 646.592.4393 or email

To make a patient referral or schedule an intake evaluation for the psychodynamic program, please contact the Parnes Clinic at 646.592.4399 or email