Psychotherapy Integration Program

NIP's Certificate Program in Psychotherapy Integration for Psychoanalysts & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (PIP) can be taken as a one-year or two-year online and workshop-based course of study for licensed and experienced mental health professionals. Students may elect to attend class in-person.  

In addition to specific psychotherapy modalities, candidates learn a basic philosophy and unifying conceptualizations that enable them to make sound clinical choices in integrating and applying these modalities in analytic therapy. This clinical approach is distinct from NIP's Integrative Trauma Program and is intended to have utility with a wide range of patients seen in general clinical practice. This program is considered a specialty program most usefully taken after completing a basic psychoanalytic training program or its equivalent.

Goals, Philosophy & Approach

We see psychodynamics and relational psychoanalysis as providing the most profound understanding of the individual and the richest and most informative perspective on the psychotherapy relationship. 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 non-analytic modalities can enhance the functions involved in change more effectively than the analytic method alone. We maintain that a relational psychoanalytic baseline approach offers the most comprehensive model into which to integrate other therapy modalities.

Cognitive-behavior therapy, as one example, shores up the mutative role of behavior change, which the verbally privileged analytic approach does not emphasize. Likewise, we see the experiential features of psychotherapy as decisively important. The synergistic integration of other forms of therapy with the analytic therefore can create a whole greater than its component parts.

Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy & Assimilative Integration

Toward the goal of enabling psychoanalytically-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. Our approach is theoretically-based, emphasizing "assimilative" integration with relational psychoanalytic therapy. Assimilative integration is a form of theoretical integration that allows psychoanalysts (and others) to maintain their baseline perspective on psychotherapy, while drawing flexibly on the wisdom and methods of other schools in order to enhance the quality of therapeutic benefits.

We believe that, like the improvisational musician who needs both to master his instrument and to work from a composition, so must integrative therapists become proficient in diverse modalities in addition to the analytic, as well as have an organizing theoretical structure to guide their integrative approach. Otherwise, rather than exercising intelligently disciplined creativity in practicing integration, one may apply an eclectic, idiosyncratic, or confused hodgepodge of methods. Theoretical integration (versus technical eclecticism) is our model of choice.

Curriculum

The following two-year sequence is recommended. However, candidates may take the program for one or two years in either order.

Year One

  • Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration
    Instructor: George Stricker, PhD
    5 sessions
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy in Analytic Therapy
    Instructor: Jill Bresler, PhD
    10 sessions
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Instructor: Lisa Lyons, PhD
    10 sessions
  • Psychotherapy Integration in Practice
    Instructor: Ken Frank, PhD
    5 sessions

Year Two

  • Gendlin's Focusing Level I
    Instructor: Anna Christensen, LCSW
    5 sessions
  • Internal Family Systems
    Instructor: Nancy Bravman, LCSW
    5 sessions
  • Somatic/Experiential Approaches in Analytic Psychotherapy
    Instructor: Amy Gladstone, LCSW, PhD
    10 sessions
  • Advanced Integration Seminar
    10 sessions 

Program Length & Structure

  • We offer one and/or two year programs of study, with candidates taking all yearly courses in sequence together. Courses are kept small, with no more than 8 candidates accepted annually, in order to maintain the benefits of real-time, small-group participation in a seminar format.

  • Each year includes three trimesters of live online courses (ten 90-minute classes) and three additional weekend workshops (each comprising 10 hours).

  • Classes build on assigned readings and live and video demonstrations. Master clinicians in each of the field/s studied teach and consult with our candidates. At times, instructors may also co-teach courses, either sequentially or simultaneously.

Continuing Education Credits

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0018. NIP is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide continuing education credits.

Completion of one year of study (three trimesters) meets New York State's annual CE requirements for Social Workers (Pending). Candidates in the PIP program may also qualify for APA Continuing Education credits.

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 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, have been active in supervision, formal courses, and/or study groups), have five years of clinical experience (mostly supervised) in psychoanalytically-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

Classes take place online on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST. Students may elect to attend class in-person if that is their preference.

Three annual weekend workshops are offered at NIP from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sundays.

Personal Psychotherapy

In addition to past or ongoing analytic therapy experiences, candidates are urged to seek out personal therapy in the modalities studied in the program. We believe this is a valuable didactic and professional as well as personal growth experience. While this is very strongly encouraged, it is not required. PIP's administrators can direct you to qualified therapists.

Written Project

Candidates 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 consultants to the program. It includes those who have made distinguished contributions to psychotherapy integration, are widely recognized for their expertise in particular non-analytic modalities, and who have 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 60 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 Postdoctoral 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, 2015). 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 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.

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 & Transgender Family (www.sunysb.edu/affirm).

Henry Grayson PhotoHenry Grayson, PhD, is the Originator, Co-Founder, and Chairman Emeritus of NIP; former associate professor at the City University of New York; radio host of the 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 CA & G Loew). Having studied, practiced and taught most of the major psychotherapies, he teaches training seminars on his Synergetic Therapy widely across the US 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 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, 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

Nancy Bravman, LCSWNancy Bravman LCSW, is the Associate Director and a faculty member of NIP's Integrative Trauma Program. She has a particular interest in the integration of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and trauma-informed approaches to treatment.  She is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved Consultant, certified in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and also trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Her psychotherapy practice is located in Manhattan.

Jill Bresler PhotoJill Bresler, PhD, is a past Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral 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, 2015). Dr. Bresler teaches, practices, and supervises in New York City.

Anna Christensen, LCSWAnna Christensen, LCSW, is a Certified Focusing teacher; and a Dharma Successor of Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck. She integrates the teachings of Zen and Focusing into her psychotherapy clinical practice in Manhattan. She is co-author of A Glimpse of Zen Practice Within the Realm of Countertransference, (American Journal of Psychoanalysis, March 1999, Vol. 59, Number 1).

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.

Amy Gladstone, LCSW, PhDAmy Gladstone, LCSW, PhD, is a clinician, supervisor, and educator with over 30 years of clinical experience. In her private practice, she specializes in attachment trauma and combines psychodynamic and somatic approaches to treatment.  Dr. Gladstone is on the faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and trains psychotherapists in New York City and throughout the country.  In addition to trainer, she functions as the organization's New York Liaison.  Dr. Gladstone also teaches doctoral level courses on affect regulation and attachment for Rutgers Doctor of Social Work Program.  In addition she is on the faculty of NIP's Integrative Trauma Studies Program where she teaches the Neurobiology of Trauma and somatic modalities to trauma treatment.  In addition to her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dr. Gladstone is certified in Somatic Experiencing and practices EMDR and Internal Family Systems.  

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 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 60 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.

Lisa Lyons, PhD

Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD, a graduate  of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, is a licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, somatic practitioner,  and trauma resolution specialist who treats individuals and couples in her private practice.  She is a clinical supervisor at the National Institute of Psychotherapies, Manhattan Institute, CPPNJ, and the Graduate Center of City University. She is also visiting faculty and supervisor at Hadassah Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Jerusalem, Israel.  Dr Rappoport leads private supervision groups integrating somato-sensory approaches, relational psychoanalysis,and embodied couples treatment. Additionally she offers presentations to community organizations on trauma healing and emotional first aid.


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.  

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2015.2016 academic year is $3,465. Additional fees include the $75 one-time application fee, and $90 per individual consultation and $45 per group consultation.

Consultation

Candidates participate in 40 concurrent clinical consultation sessions (20 individual and 20 group) with approved faculty consultants.

Admissions & Application Process

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. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Interviews will take place in New York City when possible, or 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.