Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center
80 Fifth Avenue Suite 903A
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.633.9162
Fax: 212.675.4386

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center’s Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program. Enclosed you will find relevant information about the program, and if you have any questions at all, feel free to email us at

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) is a nonprofit educational corporation under the provisions of the New York State Education Law.  PPSC offers training programs* in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and addictions treatment as well as continuing education programs for professionals who are interested in utilizing psychoanalytic theory and technique to enhance their clinical work.

PPSC believes that training in psychoanalysis is enriched through exposure to different orientations and that openness to various theories deepens the work.  This diversity and pluralism is a cornerstone of all of our programs.  In the Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program, this philosophy manifests through a unique blending of basic substance abuse theory and technique with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts, including affect regulation, attachment theory, transference and countertransference, resistance, neuropsychology and more. The faculty at PPSC represent a diverse group of training institutes and substance abuse facilities. Their affiliation here represents a respect for diversity, depth and integration of approaches.

The courses offered fulfill the requirements for recredentialing of CASAC certification. Applicants to the Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program should be enrolled in or have completed a Master’s level degree at an accredited academic institution, and/or have received their CASAC credentials.  It is recommended that this Master’s be in psychology, education, social work, counseling, nursing or an allied field and that the applicant have experience with his or her own personal psychotherapy.  All applicants must show a serious willingness to apply themselves to the study of the interface between addictions theory and psychodynamic theory and technique, engage in self-reflection and demonstrate openness to the learning and emotional growth that evolves out of active class participation. Successful completion of all courses is required to receive the Advanced Psychodynamic Additions Training Program Certificate.

  • PPSC has a long-standing history of success in the field of addictions education and training.
  • PPSC is the 2011 recipient of the Caron Foundation Award for Educational Excellence.
  • COPAT (PPSC’s working Committee on Psychoanalytic Addictions Treatment) consists of faculty, supervisors, candidates and graduates with expertise in addictions treatment.  A resource to all PPSC clinicians, the committee hosts cutting edge forums for the advancement of the study of all addictions. Please see the enclosed summary of COPAT events.

PPSC also offers a 4-year program in Psychoanalysis, as well as a 3-year program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a Licensure Qualifying program for those who plan to sit for the New York State licensing examination in psychoanalysis. All three programs include a curriculum of coursework, personal analysis, individual supervision, clinical work and a formal, written case presentation. For further information on these programs, please visit or email us at  

Thank you for your interest in our program.  We look forward to working with you.


Judy A. Levitz, PhD
Founding Director, PPSC

Lucie Grosvenor, LCSW
Executive Director, PPSC


PPSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions and educational policies.

 PPSC’s Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program Information

Applications are accepted at any time.  Acceptance will enable participants to begin taking classes at the start of the next class registration period.  A complete application consists of the application form and a one-time $50 registration fee.

II. ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing a Masters degree, and/or have CASAC certification.


* The PPSC Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program consists of 4 courses leading to an advanced certificate in addictions training.  Courses may also be taken individually and are approved for a total of 148 OASAS approved clock hours which can be applied to CASAC recredentialing.

* Course fees are $30 per clock hour.  Each course must be paid for in full at the time of course registration.  Classes run as modules in 1.5 to 3 hour blocks.

  • A Psychodynamic Perspective on Diversity – 15 clock hours $450
  • Introduction to an Integrated Psychodynamic and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Model– 44 clock hours$1320
  • Professional Development in Addictions: A Psychodynamic Perspective on Ethics, Confidentiality and Wellness – 45 clock hours $1350
  • Medical, Neuroscientific and Psychopharmacological Aspects of Addiction – 44 clock hours $1320
  • There is a one-time non-refundable application fee of $50 due at the time of application and a one-time non-refundable program registration fee of $50 due upon registration for the 1st course. Classes meet on Saturdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm throughout the year, not including holidays and breaks.

 * PPSC reserves the right to make reasonable changes in policy, procedure or curriculum in the interest of meeting the needs of students and maintaining the standards of training.  If a change is made, students will be given adequate notice or opportunity to address the change.

PPSC’s Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program

Course Descriptions:
Introduction to an Integrated Psychodynamic and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Model– 44 clock hours

Course Outline
Effective treatment and relapse prevention can be greatly enhanced by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance that fosters characterological resiliency and change. Participants will learn about the scope of supportive and dynamic treatment approaches, the variety of treatment modalities available for SUDs, the concepts of transference and counter-transference and how they impact the development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship. They will learn ways to integrate addiction counseling skills with psychodynamic tools that will assist in working through difficult behavioral and relational patterns which interfere with achieving and maintaining sobriety.  In order to establish a therapeutic relationship counselors need to understand their clients from a developmental standpoint. To that end, various theories of growth and development including ego defense structures will be identified and explained with particular attention to their contribution to understanding and treating SUDs. Participants will also gain an understanding of important therapist characteristics such as empathy and authenticity.

Professional Development in Addictions: A Psychodynamic Perspective on Ethics, Confidentiality and Wellness – 45 clock hours
Course Outline
This course will help ensure that all students are fully familiar with the ethical standards of their own profession and those of addiction counseling (as set forth by OASAS). Participants will be introduced to coursework that provides knowledge of current laws governing the delivery of alcoholism and substance abuse services. This course also addresses the following issues:  boundary issues for recovering and non-recovering professionals, assessing for burnout, developing personal support systems to maintain perspective on clinical and emotional well being.  Particular emphasis will be placed on ethical ambiguities and conflicts.

Medical, Neuroscientific and Psychopharmacological Aspects of Addiction – 44 clock hours
Course Outline
This course will focus on an integration of affective neuroscience and psychodynamic thinking on affect regulation which will enable the clinician to have greater skill in working with disregulated states, trauma and attachment disorders that both contribute to and result from substance abuse and addiction.  Participants will be further  introduced to the concept of drugs and drug addiction, with emphasis on various drug classes and the DSM-IV generic criteria for various substance related disorders and become familiar with the processes known as pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Characteristic sign and symptoms of drug intoxication and withdrawal will be reviewed, including drug classes where death can occur during both intoxication and withdrawal. A basic explanation of neurochemistry and neuropsychology will be reviewed including specific information on agonist, antagonist and partial agonist agents; the recent understanding of addiction as a “brain” disease involving the dopamine reward system and the research on genetic vulnerability to addiction.

This course will also discuss working in tandem with primary physicians and partnering psychiatrists as well as issues of non-compliance of clients.
A Psychodynamic Perspective on Diversity: A Racially and Culturally Inclusive Approach to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – 15 clock hours
Course Outline
Addiction has profound and differential impact on all client populations.  While our clinical work requires us to be empathic to suffering that leads to substance abuse and addiction, we are all affected by values of dominant culture.  The psychological impacts of racism and other forms of oppression inhabit the unconscious and conscious minds of both therapist and client. This course is an invitation to examine and discuss internalized beliefs, privileges, and prejudices that emerge in substance abuse treatment and to learn approaches to address racial and cultural issues to strengthen therapeutic work.  With the safety of experienced clinicians as guides, this course will offer professional knowledge and skills to understand, examine and address racial identity, cultural world views, reference group identities, power, privilege and oppression.

PPSC’s core accomplishments since our doors opened in 1986 include the provision of therapy services to over 4500 clients, the advanced training of over 75 psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and over 250 publications by community members in the field of mental health.

2003 • Relational Psychoanalysis & Chronic Substance Use • Multiple Meanings of Substance Abuse: A Psychodynamic Harm Reduction Approach • 2004 • Engaging the Whole Person in the Treatment of Substance Abuse • Sexual Compulsions through a PsychoanalyticLens • 2005 •  A Behavioral & Psychodynamic Approach to Treat Money • Risky Business: Patients Who Engage in Life-Threatening Behavior • 2006 •  Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Crystal Meth • Cutting: The Deliberate Dissociation • 2007 •   Disorganized Attachment, Trauma, & the Addictive Solution • Hidden Eating Disorders & Attachment Theory • 2008 •  Internet Pornography: Eroticized Addictions • Spirituality in Recovery • 2010 •  Addiction, Psychoanalysis and the Brain  • 2011 •  Winner of the Caron Foundation Award for Educational Excellence • 2012 Countertransferential Dilemmas with Our Addicted Patients

1989 • Alcoholism Treatment & Psychoanalysis: A Meeting of the Minds • 1994 • Whose Therapy Is It? • 1996 • The Many Faces of Infidelity • 2000 • Storm Warning: Treating Mild to Moderate Forms of Manic Depression in Analytic Patients • 2002 • Psychoanalytic Frame Issues in the New Millennium • 2003 • Religion – Sexuality – Prejudice • 2004 • The Cushion & the Couch: Explorations in Buddhism & Psychoanalysis • 2005 • Balint: His Influence on Contemporary Psychoanalysis • 2005 • Poetry & Psychoanalysis • 2006 • Hide & Seek: When Secrets Haunt the Treatment • 2007 • False Self, Alcoholism & Anti-Semitism • PPSC Honors Lawrence Epstein: “The Talking Cure” • 2008 • PPSC Honors Martin Bergmann: “Psychoanalysis Past, Present, and Future • 2009 • PPSC Honors Paul and Anna Ornstein 2012 PPSC Honors Frank Lachmann 2013 PPSC Honors Edward Khantzian: “Understanding Addiction as Self-Medication”


NEW YORK, NY 10011
212-633-9162 * *