Beyond the Basic Curriculum at IPTAR

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The Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee is pleased to offer the following courses. ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR CE CREDIT FOR SOCIAL WORKERS and LPs. Approximately one month before each course begins, a registration form for it is posted at the bottom of the course description each time the course is advertised. Beyond the Basic Curriculum courses are open to candidates (adult and CAPS programs) who are past their second year of study, and to IPTAR members. In addition, they are open to candidates and members of other institutes. IPTAR candidates who have completed their coursework but have not yet graduated are required to take one BBC course per year.


Instructor: S. Montana Katz, Ph.D., LP
Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 10,17,24,31
7-830 pm @ IPTAR, 1651 3rd Avenue

This course will address contemporary psychoanalytic field theory models and clinical techniques. Specific emphasis will be placed on the role and activity of the analyst and on analytic listening. The application of fundamental concepts and techniques of field theory will be discussed, such as the use of the analytic field and the analytic relationship, unconscious metaphoric processes, and reverie. Readings for the course will be drawn from the work of Giuseppe Civitarese, Roosevelt Cassorla, Antonino Ferro, Edgar Levenson, and other contemporary field theorists. Prior to the course participants should have read “The Analytic Situation as a Dynamic Field” by Madeleine and Willy Baranger, IJP (2008).

9 Contact Hours = 9 CE credits
Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion based on readings and clinical examples
Learning Objectives:
After taking the course participants will be able to:
1. Describe central clinical techniques of psychoanalytic field theory
2. Apply techniques of analytic field theory in their clinical practices.

S. Montana Katz, Ph.D., LP is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York and is a training and supervising analyst and senior faculty member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. She is a founding co-Director of the International Field Theory Association and founding co-Editor of the Routledge Field Theory Book Series. Her most recent books are: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field theory: Stories, Dreams and Metaphor (author) and Advances in Psychoanalytic Field theory (co-Editor).

Instructor: Nancy Freeman-Carroll, PsyD.
Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, 26
2-330 pm @ 350 Central Park West, 13 E

Assisted reproduction has had a history of encouraging heterosexual families to hide the conception stories of children, but now openness and sharing of information is encouraged. As clinicians, we can support families, individuals, & children better if we understand that disclosure to children is most possible and productive when parents grapple with their own emotional experience with infertility, and with assisted reproduction.
This course will review the psychological impact of infertility for women and men and their often complicated responses to diagnosis, treatment, and family building decisions. We will review the basics about diagnosis and treatment to understand some common medical procedures, and consider the psychological components of the choice of donor gametes. In addition, resistances to ending treatment, and the range of feelings encountered after family planning decisions are made, especially concerning disclosure, are also important subjects for psychological work with this population. Although we will focus on heterosexual couples because of their unique challenges, there are also readings that address the experiences of singles, gays and lesbians.
6 Contact Hours = 6CE credits
Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion based on readings and clinical examples
Learning Objectives :
1. Participants in this course will become familiar with some basic medical facts about the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
2. Participants in this course will become familiar with some common features of the psychological impact of diagnosis and treatment of infertility on men and women, especially the decision to use donor gametes.
3. Participants will understand key resistances to talking about the choice of assisted conception, and ways they can support their clients as they adjust to this reality.

Nancy Freeman-Carroll, PsyD. is a Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and in private practice on the UWS. She is an active member of the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In addition to her psychoanalytic clinical work, she conducts donor evaluations, recipient counseling, and consultations to help individuals and couples choose their family building path.

TRANSGENDER: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches
Instructor: Sam Semper, PhD
Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
830-10pm @ IPTAR, 1651 3rd Avenue

The history of the clinical encounter between psychoanalysis and transgender individuals is a difficult one. It is a history marred by the reductive use of Freud’s work in transphobic ways that often amounted to “subtle and brutal […] coercive heteronormatization and pathologization of non-normative sexualities and genders” by psychoanalysts (Gherovici 2011, 3). This has left many trans* people justifiably wary of psychoanalysis as a means to understand trans* identities and embodiments.
While acknowledging this deeply problematic legacy, many contemporary psychoanalytic clinicians and thinkers argue that psychoanalysis offers unparalleled tools for understanding the complexity and singularity of subjectivity, including trans* subjectivity, when transphobic/ normative models of interpretation are recognized and dismantled.
In this seminar participants will engage with contemporary psychoanalytic debates in this area including current approaches to clinical work with trans* individuals. Course texts will include work by Ken Corbett, Patricia Gherovici, and Avgi Saketopoulou.
* indicates that trans is being used in an expansive way to include transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, and other individuals who identity as gender non-conforming
6 Contact Hours = 6 CE credits
Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion based on readings and clinical examples
Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will become familiar with current psychoanalytic literature related to transgender individuals.
2. Participants will gain an understanding of specific clinical issues related to working with trans* individuals including transitioning (social/medical).
Sam Semper, PhD holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is a Supervisor and Instructor in the Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). Sam is an Advanced Candidate in IPTAR’s Adult Psychoanalytic Program.
Instructor: Naama Kushnir Barash, PhD
Tuesdays, March 6,13,20,27
830-10pm @ 27 West 96th Street, 1G

This four session course will introduce participants to Christopher Bollas’ work.
Bollas explored unconscious creative processes from his early work on the Transformational Object and Unthought Known, to his later writings about Hysteria and patients’ breakdowns.
Bollas finds integrating multiple psychoanalytic theories somewhat constraining. Indeed, he believes such integration can miss valuable original insights and intuitions. Instead, Bollas employs each model to increase sensitivity to clinical material and enhance the analyst’s spectrum of listening.
Freud, Klein, Winnicott, and Bion were major influences on Bollas’ body of work.
6 Contact Hours = 6 CE Credits
Teaching Method: Discussions based on readings and clinical examples
Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will become familiar with major works of Christopher Bollas
2. Participants will be enriched by Bollas’ approach to psychotic states.
3. Participants will be able to use Bollas’ idea of Transformative Object in their clinical work
Naama Kushnir Barash is a Fellow at IPTAR and a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.
Listening With Bion
Instructor: Nancy Wolf, LCSW
Fridays, April 20, 27 May 4,11
1 – 2:45 pm
Upper West Side Location TBA

Wilfred R. Bion visited Brasilia in 1975 and Sao Paulo in 1978 to conduct clinical seminars. In this 4 week course, we will read material from some of those seminars to learn how Bion listened to the clinical material brought to him, to discern how his theories informed his listening, and to gain a sense of his approach to the patient and his understanding of what psychoanalysis could accomplish.
Readings will be from Bion’s book Clinical Seminars and Other Works (Karnac, 1994) and will include his papers “Emotional Turbulence” and “Making the Best of a Bad Job,” also published in this book.
The BBC is presenting this class for a second time, because it was very popular and heavily over-subscribed the first time.
7 Contact Hours = 7 CE credits
Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion of readings with clinical examples
Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will understand Bion as a clinical thinker
2. Participants will be able to enrich their clinical work through the use of his ideas
Nancy H. Wolf, L.C.S.W. is Past President of The New York Freudian Society and Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at The Psychoanalytic Institute of the New York Freudian Society. She has a particular interest in developmental trauma and the effects of early anxieties on thinking.
offered by the
Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, September 19, 2017 – May 22, 2018
This infant observation seminar is offered for the 2017-2018 academic year as an Elective course to candidates in IPTAR’s Adult Program and as a required course in IPTAR’s Adult and Child Integrated Track, and to candidates in The Contemporary Freudian Society Adult and Child Analytic Programs. It is also open to candidates and members of other institutes and programs and to those with experience in the field of parent-infant work who are considering psychoanalytic training. This one-year seminar is separate from the three-year parent infant training program.
The close observation of a parent and baby in their home provides a powerful learning experience and has formed the basis for further psychoanalytic training and work in many psychoanalytic institutes around the world. Infant observation offers a unique opportunity for understanding primitive mental states, the origins of the development of the mind and relationship, the nuances and complexities of preverbal communication, and the intensity and intimacy of transference and countertransference phenomena. There are parallels between the observer’s and the parent’s roles in processes of containment, affect regulation, and timing, and these elements also can be further thought of as they apply to the analytic situation. The model of infant observation follows the model originated by Esther Bick at the Tavistock Clinic and also is informed by the observation method developed by Margaret Mahler at the Masters Childrens’ Center.
For this class, each candidate will observe a parent –baby dyad for one hour each week in the family’s home, write detailed process notes on the observations, and present the notes for discussion on a rotating basis in the weekly seminar. Although the observation and seminar require a substantial time commitment, observing the evolution of development during the first year of life in the context of the family, and finding ways to think about this with colleagues is a unique, compelling and gratifying learning experience.
The seminar will be led by Sally Moskowtiz, PhD and held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 at her office at 307 Seventh Avenue (between 27th and 28th St.), Suite 2203.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Sally Moskowitz at 212.255.1983 or at as soon as possible as space is limited.
The fee is $1200 for 32 weeks. This year long course counts as 4 BBC credits for candidates.
Sally Moskowitz, PhD and Rita Reiswig, MS
Co-Directors, The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program
***Course Fees: For IPTAR and CAP members and candidates, courses are $180 for a four-week course, $218 for a six-week course, and $255 for an eight-week course. For candidates and members of other institutes, courses are $255 for a 4-week course, $317 for a 6-week course, and $380 for an eight-week course.

Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee: Janis Leventhal, Chair; Judith Hanlon, Susan Light, Donna Roth Smith, Jeff O’Malley, Rhonda Ward For further information contact Janis Leventhal at 917-734-6191 or

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