CLINICAL JOURNEYS: How We Look, Listen, and Change

PPSC invites you to enhance and deepen your clinical relationships by expanding your theoretical understanding of your work with your patients.  Unique in its multi-theoretical approach, PPSC offers a variety of lenses through which to view phenomena in clinical work.  Through gaining exposure to this “taster” of psychoanalytic models, you will begin to develop your own personalized style.

Clinical Journeys will help you make sense of what you’re already seeing and doing.  In each seminar, you will learn to apply useful psychoanalytic concepts and frameworks to situations you come across each day. The course is built around a three-part structure that forms the basis of how to think about your work:

What am I seeing and hearing and experiencing in the room?
How could I think about what I’m experiencing? What do I wonder about?
What is my role? What do I do? What might make things change? What’s the work?

We welcome you to join your peers in developing your curiosity and knowledge about these questions in a collegial weekly seminar format.

CEUs will be available for social workers.



  • Clinical Journeys is a one-year program consisting of three trimesters from September to May.

  • There will be eight class sessions in each trimester.

  • Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00, with a 30-minute break.

  • Tuition for each trimester is $600 and must be paid before the first date of class.

  • CEUs are available for social workers

The first trimester focuses on the experience of the therapist and will cover such topics as:

  • How to listen.

  • Theoretical models: how are they useful.

  • Self-awareness and the unconscious.

  • Transference/Countertransference: how to recognize and use them.

  • Developmental stages: how to think developmentally.

  • The frame and why it’s important.

The second trimester focuses on understanding how the patient relates to you:

  • Understanding the therapeutic relationship from different theoretical models.

  • Defenses: how to recognize and work with them.

  • Drive-seeking vs. object seeking behaviors.

  • Object relations and true and false selves.

  • Affect tolerance; affect regulation/disregulation.

  • Selfobjects, mirroring transferences, idealizing transferences, twinship, and intersubjectivity

  • Self-states and enactments.

The third trimester focuses on Clinical Pictures that class participants are likely to encounter in their work, such as:

  • How to work with the depressed patient.

  • How to understand and manage anxiety: the patient’s and yours.

  • How to understand and work with anger in the treatment room.

  • What do we mean by trauma?

  • How to recognize and work with mood altering activities.


Submit written application, CV, and $50 application fee before September 1, 2019. Classes start September 2019.

To download the application, please click here.

PPSC requires a master’s degree or current enrollment in a master’s program as minimum eligibility for the PPSC Clinical Journeys program.