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Two-Year Certificate Program OPEN HOUSE — Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Theory, Process, and Social Applicability

May 14, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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For decades, we have been holding this event to interest and inform possible applicants of the Two-Year Certificate Program, now named: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Theory, Process, and Social Applicability.

We have been fortunate in attracting many good people from a variety of practice settings who have gone on to deepen their practices and make significant contributions to their communities. This year we are happy to have the chance for faculty and current students to socialize with interested people, for people to see our facilities, hear a presentation by former students of what the program entails, and how it helped them in their career paths. We will also provide food and beverage. This year people will also have the option of attending remotely via Zoom.

Please let us know you’re planning to attend by clicking the button above to RSVP, and letting us know if you plan to come in person or via Zoom.

If you have questions about this event, our certificate program or the admissions process please contact Two-Year Certificate Program Chair, Karen Weisbard at karen@karenweisbard.com.

About the Program

The two-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy certificate program offers a series of courses in theory, process, and development from a broad range of theoretical perspectives, as well as case conferences in which to apply this material. All course work has the goal of developing greater understanding of oneself and a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural context of theories and practice. We believe these understandings increase one’s capacity to actualize knowledge to practice – whether in the office with clients, in one’s personal life, and within the communities that we are engaged with.

2YCP 2-year Curriculum

The program starts with an explicit focus on how to become a learning group that draws upon the diversity of its members to broaden and deepen the learning experience. Program members come from a wide variety of training backgrounds and clinical settings, as well as diverse social identities. Not only is this work foundational to growth as a therapist, it also enables the group to use this community to actively engage in the complex and vulnerable task of practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and a foundation for a lived understanding of the psychodynamics of groups.

The course offerings, taught by experienced psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists (many of whom have graduated from the Two-Year Certificate Program), aims to:

  • develop greater capacity to tune in to unconscious dynamics
  • increase tolerance for ambiguity through a grounding understanding of theory and process dynamics
  • increase awareness of unconscious social processes that maintain normative hierarchies in our lives, and the lives of our clients.

Topic classes focus attention on the everyday issues clients and communities present as troubling and traumatic. Case conferences allow students to present their work to senior practitioners and to become peer consultants to one another. In addition, case conference will provide experiential learning of such things as imagining, dreaming, mentalizing, and embodiment.

Our hope and intention, from the beginning to the end of this program, is for participants to feel a part of an enduring psychoanalytic community that asks difficult questions and provides the support to struggle with the answers. We are committed to life-long learning and see this program as another opportunity toward that fulfillment.

About the Open House

Our open house will feature a panel of graduate and current psychotherapy program students who will discuss the impact of their training experience on their practice. That will be followed by a question and answer period,.

You do not need to RSVP for the Open House, but we encourage you to do so if you’re interested in our psychotherapy program and would like to receive updates about the program.


May 14, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Seattle, WA 98112
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