Psychotherapy Integration Program

NIP's Certificate Program in Psychotherapy Integration for Psychoanalysts & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, a two-year online and workshop-based course of study for licensed and experienced mental health professionals, will host its inaugural class in the fall of 2014.   

Candidates will learn a basic philosophy and unifying conceptualizations that will enable them to make sound clinical choices in integrating and applying non-analytic techniques studied in this program in analytic therapy. This clinical approach is intended to have utility with a wide range of patients.

Goals, Philosophy & Approach

We see the psychoanalytic approach as providing the most profound understanding of the individual and the richest and most informative perspective on the therapy relationship; more specifically, we believe a relational psychoanalytic approach offers the most comprehensive model into which to integrate other enhancing therapy modalities. Yet such a model has limitations. In fact, no single psychotherapy approach is uniformly best for all people all the time; all have benefits and limitations. Although the psychoanalytic approach is quite comprehensive, therapeutic action is a multifaceted process and at times nonanalytic modalities can empower certain contributing functions involved in change more effectively than the analytic method alone. Cognitive-behavior therapy, as just one example, shores up the mutative role of behavior change, which the verbally privileged analytic approach does not emphasize. The synergistic integration of cognitive-behavior therapy and/or other forms of therapy therefore can create a whole with greater value than its component parts.

Toward the goal of enabling psychodynamically-oriented therapists to implement a clinically creative, yet conceptually grounded integrative approach, we teach candidates basic proficiency in several non-analytic techniques and their underlying rationales. We focus on the chasms and potential bridges between and among them. Our model emphasizes "assimilative" integration, based on the incorporation of practices and perspectives from other schools of psychotherapy into each practitioner's own therapy orientation—in the instance of our program, psychoanalytic therapy. Assimilative integration allows psychoanalysts (and others) to maintain their perspective on psychotherapy, while drawing flexibly on the wisdom and methods of other schools in order to enhance the quality of therapeutic benefits. As long as clinical practice blends without violating, and at times expands basic psychoanalytic tenets, assimilative integration permits us to practice in a manner that is theoretically integrated. Such integration (versus a technical eclecticism) is our preferred model.

Program Length & Structure

  • The program involves two years of study, with candidates taking all courses in sequence together. Courses are kept small, with no more than 8 candidates accepted annually.
  • Each year includes three trimesters of live online courses (ten 90-minute classes) plus two additional weekend workshops (each comprising 13 hours).
  • Classes build on assigned readings and live and video demonstrations. Master clinicians in the field/s studied teach and give experiential workshops. At times, instructors may also co-teach courses, either sequentially or simultaneously.

Certificate Conferred

NIP is a certificate-granting institution chartered by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York.  Candidates are invited to attend NIP's annual graduation ceremony, where they will be awarded a certificate from NIP's Certificate Program in Psychotherapy Integration for Psychoanalysts & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists after successfully completing all program requirements.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Clinicians who have completed psychoanalytic training and are licensed as mental health practitioners in the state(s) in which they practice.
  • Clinicians who have completed the equivalent of psychoanalytic training (eg: been active in study groups), have five years of clinical experience (mostly supervised) in psychodynamically-oriented therapy, and are licensed as mental health practitioners in the state(s) in which they practice.
  • Internationally-based clinicians who have completed psychoanalytic training or its equivalent. Experience and licensing requirements for international candidates will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Meeting Day & Time

First year classes take place online on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time.

Twice annual weekend workshops are offered from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Fridays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays.

Personal Psychotherapy

In addition to past or ongoing analytic therapy experiences, candidates are encouraged to seek out personal therapy in other modalities, ideally, those modalities studied in the program. While this is encouraged, it is not required.

Curriculum & Program Requirements

The curriculum is developed around two general groups of psychotherapy:

  • Top-down approaches emphasizing cognition-based and behavioral change methods (cognitive-behavior therapy, or CBT).
  • Bottom-up approaches such as mindfulness- and body (somatosensory)-based approaches.

Many modalities we introduce ultimately integrate both: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are straightforward examples of such combinations. We believe these classes of treatment (top-down and bottom-up) have intrinsic value in strengthening psychoanalytic practice and we teach them in ways that develop principles of integration that are applicable to an even broader range of modalities.

Additionally, during the course of training, we also explore the relevance of these modalities to several other specialized contemporary approaches that can augment psychoanalytic ways of working.

Written Project

Candidates will complete a scholarly paper demonstrating command of the methodological and theoretical material covered in the program. Beginning in the second trimester, candidates select a mentor and begin work on this project. The paper must be submitted and approved by two faculty members, including the mentor, by the end of the second trimester of the second year. Depending on candidate eligibility, papers of outstanding quality can be entered in NIP's Educators' Award competition.

Faculty & Administrators

The program's advisory board is comprised of scholars from a variety of disciplines who serve as pedagogical consultants to the program. It includes those who have made distinguished contributions to psychotherapy integration, those widely recognized for their expertise in particular non-analytic modalities, and those with a specific expertise in other relevant disciplines. Instructors and consultants are selected from both the advisory board and the greater community.

Administration

Ken Frank photoDirector:  Kenneth A. Frank, PhD, is Co-Founder and Director of Training of NIP and a former Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is on the teaching and supervisory faculties of the Mitchell Center and CPPNJ, among others, and on the Professional Advisory Board of IARPP. He is also the Senior Consulting Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Dr. Frank has published over 50 articles, chapters, and books, many in the areas of personality change and his specialty, psychotherapy integration, a topic on which he has lectured nationally and internationally. He practices in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York City.


Anja Behm photoAssistant Director: Anja Behm, LCSW,
holds a certificate in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is also an Associate in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University where her responsibilities include leading groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, general psychotherapy, Cognitive Remediation, and Social Cognition Interaction Training. She works in part-time private practice in Manhattan, offering individual and group treatment in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and psychoanalysis. She practices both in English and in German.

Advisory Board

Jill Bresler PhotoJill Bresler, PhD, is a past Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and a graduate of the NYU Post-doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Her area of interest is the integration of psychoanalysis, CBT and the mindfulness-based behavior therapies. She is an editor of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration: An Emerging Synthesis (Routledge, in press). Dr. Bresler teaches, practices and supervises in New York City.

Jerold Gold, PhD, ABPP (Clinical), is Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University, where he is also a faculty member and supervisor in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and in Couples Therapy. He was the editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is the author of Key Concepts in Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1996), and coeditor, with George Stricker, of the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1993), and of the Casebook of Psychotherapy Integration (APA, 2006). He has written extensively about integrative approaches, particularly the model known as Assimilative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Marvin Goldfried PhotoMarvin R. Goldfried, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University. He is a diplomate in clinical psychology and recipient of numerous awards from the American Psychological Association, and awards from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He is Past President of SPR, founder of the journal In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice and author of numerous articles and books. Dr. Goldfried is cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and founder of AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family (www.sunysb.edu/affirm).

Henry Grayson PhotoHenry Grayson, PhD, Originator, Co-Founder, and Chairman Emeritus, NIP; Former Assoc. Prof., City University of New York; Radio Host, Mindful Living Show; Author of: Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind; Mindful Loving; The New Physics of Love; Short Term Approaches to the Psychotherapies; Changing Approaches to the Psychotherapies; and Three Psychotherapies (with C. A. and G. Loew). Having studied, practiced and taught most of the major psychotherapies, he teaches training seminars on his Synergetic Therapy widely across the U.S. and abroad.

Stanley Messer photoStanley Messer, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. The author or editor of many books, articles and book chapters on these topics, Dr. Messer is Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Jeremy Safran photoJeremy D. Safran, PhD, is chair and professor of psychology and former director of clinical training at the New School for Social Research. He is also co-founder and co-chair of the New School Ferenczi Center.  He is also on faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is a past president of IARPP.  He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Therapies.


Sandra Shapiro photoSandra Shapiro, PhD, Sandra Shapiro, Ph.D. is the Director of NIP's Integrative Trauma Program, a member of NIP's Board of Directors, and an Associate Professor Emeritus of the Psychology Department at Queens College, CUNY. She has a special interest in the broad scope of traumatic experience and the evolving approaches to trauma treatment and their integration into a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and neuroscientific framework. She is an EMDR Institute Facilitator, an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved Consultant, and has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Coherence therapy, and other trauma-sensitive modalities. Her practice is located in Manhattan.

George Stricker PhotoGeorge Stricker, PhD, received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester in 1960 and an honorary PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Meadows Campus, in 1997. He is Professor of Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC campus. Prior to that, he was Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology in the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, where he had served as Dean of the Derner Institute for a decade. His most recent books are Psychotherapy Integration,  and A Case Book of Psychotherapy Integration, with Jerry Gold, as well as a DVD, Psychotherapy Integration Over Time.


Paul Wachtel PhotoPaul L. Wachtel, PhD, 
is CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and a faculty member of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.  He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and was the winner of the 2010 Hans H. Strupp Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research, the 2012 Distinguished Psychologist Award by Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of APA and the 2013 Scientific Award by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA.

Faculty

Niquie Dworkin PhotoNiquie Dworkin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is the Co-Director and Coordinator of Clinical Training at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy where she supervises psychology students at the graduate and post-graduate levels. In addition to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Dr. Dworkin has specialized training and experience in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and substance abuse treatment, with nearly 20 years experience in treating many syndromes including eating disorders, various compulsive behaviors, and family/reproductive issues. She has frequently presented at conferences and has published in the area of psychotherapy integration and other topics.

Jerold Gold, PhD, ABPP (Clinical) is Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University, where he is also a faculty member and supervisor in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and in Couples Therapy. He was the editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is the author of Key Concepts in Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1996), and co-editor, with George Stricker, of the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1993), and of the Casebook of Psychotherapy Integration (APA, 2006). He has written extensively about integrative approaches, particularly the model known as Assimilative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Ken Frank PhotoKenneth A. Frank, PhD, is Co-Founder and Director of Training of NIP. He is also a former Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to NIP, he is on the teaching and supervisory faculties of the Mitchell Center and CPPNJ, among others, and on the Professional Advisory Board of IARPP. He is also the Senior Consulting Editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Dr. Frank has published over 50 articles, chapters, and books, many in the areas of personality change and his specialty, psychotherapy integration. He practices in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York City.

Lisa Lyons, PhD


Paul Wachtel photoPaul Wachtel, PhD,
 Distinguished Professor of Psychology at CUNY, has been writing about, teaching, and practicing psychotherapy for over 45 years.  He has published books and articles on almost every conceivable topic of importance in psychotherapy during this time, but has been particularly interested in the integration of seemingly incompatible therapeutic approaches and conceptions.  

Consultation

Candidates participate in 40 concurrent clinical consultation sessions with approved faculty consultants.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2014.2015 academic year is $3,300. Additional fees include the $75 one-time application fee, and $90 per session consultation fees.

Application & Application Process Information

In addition to a completed application form and a $75 application fee, applicants are asked to submit the following supporting materials:

  • Copies of all current licenses
  • Transcripts for all universities and graduate programs attended
  • Copies of certificates/diplomas
  • Three letters of recommendation from mental health professionals, preferably supervisors, who know the applicant's clinical work well
  • Additional information or documentation which may serve to strengthen your application

Once all application materials are received, candidates will be asked to participate in admission interviews with the program's director and assistant director. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Interviews will take place in New York City when possible, or interviews may be conducted via Skype.

For more information

Please direct all inquiries to Kenneth Frank, PhD, Integration Program Director, at 212.582.1566 or kennethafrank@gmail.com.