"It is in the space between the inner and outer world, which is also the space between people – the transitional space – that intimate relationships and creativity occur.”

— D. W. Winnicott

“Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena,” 1951

Training Program: Curriculum

Learn More About the Psychotherapy Course Structure

PPTP is a two-year program with three 10 week trimesters each year. To earn a certificate, you must complete all of the course requirements for years one and two. You also need to fulfill 60 hours of individual case consultation. 

First-year required courses

  • Foundations of Technique and the Psychoanalytic Frame
  • Overview of Psychoanalytic Theories of Development: From Freud to Fonagy
  • Psychoanalytic Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
  • The Internal World of the Developing Mind: Contributions of Winnicott and Fairbairn
  • Development and Attachment
  • Modern Ego Psychology: Listening for Defense

Second-year required courses

  • From Klein to Bion: Transforming the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Self Psychology and Relational Theories
  • Transference and Countertransference: Deepening the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Disturbed and Disturbing Personalities: Formulations and Approaches to Treatment
  • Working with Dreams
  • Mentalization: Reflective Function and Reverie