Advanced Psychodynamic Fellowship in Clinical Practice

UPDATE: The 2020 – 2021 Fellowship will take place online via Zoom Meeting. The cohort will remain limited to up to 18 participants to allow for case consultations and interactive dialogue during classes. 

Discussion of cases provides opportunities for participants and faculty to explore the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic challenges practitioners to expand concepts of therapeutic action as they create pragmatic, flexible approaches to help and care through models of telehealth.    

Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship is closed. 

The Advanced Psychodynamic Fellowship in Clinical Practice is for mental health professionals who seek to deepen their understanding of contemporary psychodynamic thought and apply comparative perspectives in clinical practice. It provides structured opportunities for participants to enlarge their understanding of orienting perspectives, core concepts, and essential concerns in psychodynamic understanding and practice, and to consider the relevance of differing points of view in their work.

A small cohort of participants and distinguished faculty work together to study and learn ways of enriching their clinical practice. In doing so, we explore the practitioner's own stages of development as a professional and consider the ways in which we shape our clinical careers over time.

We integrate theories and personal elements through presentation of clinical work in ongoing case consultations. Discussion of cases provides opportunities for participants and faculty to explore the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic challenges practitioners to expand concepts of therapeutic action as they create pragmatic, flexible approaches to help and care through models of telehealth.   

Class size is limited. Early applications encouraged. 

SCHEDULE

The fellowship meets via Zoom from 9:00am - Noon on the following dates:

October 9: Orienting Perspectives in Contemporary Psychodynamic Understanding and Practice

October 23: Emergence of the Psychodynamic Tradition: Freud and Jung

November 6: Case Conference

November 20: Case Conference

December 4: Relational Perspectives: Contemporary Object Relations Theory and Practice

December 18: Concepts of Therapeutic Action

January 8: Case Conference

January 22: D. W. Winnicott: Developmental Psychology and Clinical Perspectives

February 5: Case Conference

February 19: Relational Perspectives: Self Psychology

March 5: Relational Perspectives: The Interpersonal Tradition

March 19: Case Conference

April 9: Relational Perspectives: Contemporary Relational Perspectives

April 23: Case Conference Review

May 7: Transitions and Terminations

ELIGIBILITY

Master's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related degree required. At least three to five years of post-master's degree experience preferred.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship is closed. 

• Completed application form

• Resume

• Brief personal statement, one to two pages, indicating your interest in this perspective and how you might integrate it in your practice. 

CREDIT

Participants who complete the fellowship program will receive 45 CEUs

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

TUITION

$1,650

FELLOWSHIP MATERIALS

The majority of course readings are provided through Canvas, an online learning platform. In addition, there are two required books:

Borden, W. (2009).  Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice.  New York: Oxford University Press. 

McWilliams, N. (2004). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. New York: The Guilford Press. 

PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

William Borden, PhD

Denise Davis, MSW

Carol Ganzer, PhD

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least two weeks in advance of the initial class for assistance.