The IPTAR program of clinical training is unique in the field of available internship and externship opportunities. A small number of students enrolled in doctoral psychology or social work programs have an opportunity to become intimately acquainted with psychoanalytic concepts and how they are implemented in practice. The program involves a half-time commitment for one year in the externship program and for two years in the internship program.
Whereas the clinical commitments may be satisfied throughout the week, it is during the 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday meetings at the IPTAR office that students are immersed in the three themes that give the internship/externship its unique flavor: a theoretical seminar on current concepts and controversies, a rotating clinical seminar on psychoanalytically informed treatment process and diagnosis, and a seminar on psychoanalytic evidence evaluating outcome and process in analytic treatment.
The research seminar was designed by the late Norbert Freedman. The seminar offers lines of thought and methods of observations to document the clinical ideas which form the subject matter of the two preceding seminars: the case conference and the seminar on psychoanalytic theory. A distinction is made between OUTCOME RESEARCH, appraising the effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatment, the role of duration and frequency of sessions; and PROCESS RESEARCH, evaluating the events within the analytic hour, be it transference, regression, enactment or the process of working through. A final section is devoted to the appraisal of traumatic moments in patients suffering from severe trauma. The clinical material studied is suitable for students’ research projects leading to doctoral dissertations. Further details will be announced.
This seminar, the centerpiece of the program, offers students a detailed view of the range of contemporary concepts that guide clinical technique. This examination of critical issues is presented by some of the leading voices in the field.
At weekly meetings led by senior IPTAR analysts, students present the ongoing process of their treatment cases. The focus here is on clinical process and its implementation. It is here that the understanding of clinical process based upon knowledge derived from the seminar on concepts described below links up with live clinical discussions.
Through the resources of the IPTAR Clinical Center (ICC), the student becomes engaged in meaningful psychotherapy experiences with both adults and adolescents, treatment that may extend with adults beyond the first year. Through the resources of the satellite clinic, students become immersed in therapy of gifted adolescents attending a charter school.
Students who wish to be considered for the Pre-Psychoanalytic Training Program (Intern-Externship) are asked to prepare a brief statement describing their graduate work completed thus far, both academically and clinically. Of great interest is familiarity with or interest in the issues that are considered relevant to the nature of the program. A list of courses taken should be included. Two references by professors or supervisors with whom students are currently working, are required.