Weekend Training Program
This three-year Training Program, culminating in a Certificate of Completion in Group Leadership, consists of the following components:
1. Training Weekends
We offer three New York City-based training weekends each year which run sequentially over a three-year period. A total of nine weekends are required to meet the criteria for completion of the program. Each weekend consists of five psychodynamic process groups, two lectures and/or workshops, a supervision group, and a training group. Readings and other materials are sent upon registration of each weekend.
2. Course Work
The curriculum consists of nine blocks/units of readings which is a guided and monitored reading program paralleling the themes of weekend trainings. A reading block consists of 16 readings spread over a four-hour time period mutually agreed upon between student and reading mentor. The student works with the assigned faculty mentor in person, by email, telephone and/or by teleconference. A faculty advisor is assigned to each student for a three-block segment, for a total of three different reading mentors over the course of the program. Each student keeps an ongoing log of his/her reactions to the readings, tapes and other experiences, to which the student's faculty advisor responds.
Nine blocks of readings: Each block consists of sixteen readings.
Block 1 The Essence of Modern Group Process
Block 2 Forming a Group
Block 3 Introduction to Group Resistances
Block 4 Transference/Countertransference Issues in Group
Block 5 Technical and Special Issues in Group Psychotherapy
Block 6 Working with Pre-oedipal Patients in Group
Block 7 Specialized Topics in Countertransference
Block 8 Working with Unconscious Material: Dreams, Symbolic, and Non-verbal Communications
Block 9 Resolving Transference Resistances and Termination Issues
Four supervision segments are required, which can take place during the second and third years, after the completion of three weekend trainings and the first three reading blocks. Each segment consists of six one-hour sessions with an assigned supervisor.
Personal Group Experience
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their own ongoing modern analytic treatment/therapy/process group. The personal development that comes from immersion in the modern analytic model is essential to successful modern group leadership.
2019 - 2020 Weekend Training Program
Location: Unless notified, all events take place at the Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street at Sixth Avenue in New York City.
October Training Program — September 25, 2019
January Training Program — December 18, 2019
May Training Program — April 2, 2020
3:00–3:45 p.m. Welcome
4:00–6:00 p.m. Psychodynamic Process Group
6:15–8:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00–10:45 a.m. Workshop
10:45–11:00 a.m. Break
11:00–1:00 p.m. Psychodynamic Process Group
1:00–2:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
2:15–4:15 p.m. Psychodynamic Process Group
4:15–6:00 p.m. Supervision
8:00–10:00 a.m. Psychodynamic Process Group
10:00–11:45 a.m. Training Group
11:45–12:40 p.m. Student-Faculty Brunch
12:45–1:25 p.m. Student-Faculty Meeting
1:35–3:35 p.m. Psychodynamic Process Group:
Weekend Summary and Conclusions
Note: The last 15 minutes of each Process Group, Supervision and Workshop will be used to complete logs and evaluations and to have an opportunity to ask additional questions of the faculty leader.
For All Weekend Training Students: Descriptions and Definitions
The Weekend Training Program, while it may be therapeutic for participants, is not designed to serve as therapy. The process group is designed as a “here and now” experience focusing on how a person functions in the immediate moment. We ask that all thoughts and feelings towards the other members be put into words. Origins of these thoughts and feelings are also explored. In this venue we are studying resistances to Oedipal level communication. We study how patterns of group form and reform themselves as the members observe both themselves and others within these group patterns. The group leader demonstrates modern group interventions which aim to resolve resistances and foster progressive emotional communication and, when appropriate, explains the underlying theory and the timing of the intervention.
The workshop focuses specifically on some aspect of the theme of the weekend using a
combination of didactic presentation and experiential material. A reading is assigned for each workshop. The leader then, in whatever way he or she chooses, demonstrates the concepts from the reading through active group process. Specific questions about the theoretical material and how it relates to group leadership are welcomed.
In a supportive and collaborative environment, the organizing focus of supervision is the
presentation of case material by students. Participants study induced feelings and use parallel process to facilitate the uncovering of where the unidentified resistance lay. The group helps the presenter understand how to move the treatment forward. Associations to the current weekend learning theme as well as discussion of the underlying theory for a particular intervention might be included as it relates to a better understanding of the patient or the group.
In the training group the focus is on the development of the professional ego. Interactive
responses of the members in a training group are treated as induced feelings. Explorations are directed to identifying these feelings as objective countertransference reactions and then saying “the right things.” These include maturational responses, further explorations, associations and so forth. The training group is designed to help each member to help the other group members to become a better group leader.