Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certificate Program

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certificate Program (PPCP)

Chair: Sheila Hill, M.S.W.

Chair of Admissions Committee: Walt Ehrhardt, EdD

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The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certificate Program (PPCP) is a two year program for experienced clinicians in modern psychodynamic psychotherapy. Through didactic classes, four IPI weekend training conferences, small group clinical presentations, IPI’s unique “Group Affective Model" discussions, and supervision we will focus on the application of continuing, progressive elaboration of object relations theory and technique. With an emphasis on setting and maintaining a firm foundation from the first contact through termination, we will emphasize what works, with whom, and why.

See the program details below as well as the link to the application.


Download the Application form here.

Applications are due to Walt Ehrhardt, Ed.D., chair of the PPCP Admissions Committee. The application committee will be reviewing applications beginning in June for admission to the fall class. After your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted for interviews by faculty members.


  • Completion of the two year IPI Program in Object Relations Theory and Practice (The 'Core' Program) or equivalent from another institution.
  • Professional degree in a mental health specialty.
  • Currently active in clinical practice.
  • Malpractice Insurance and being in good standing with your professional organizations.
  • Personal experience in twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy for a minimum of two years.
  • Proficiency with email, internet and PepWeb.
  • Personal statement of interest in the PPCP.
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors or teachers who are familiar with your recent clinical work.
  • Application fee of $50.

Supervision and Personal Therapy

Supervision and Personal Therapy are a requirement of students in the PPCP program:

  • Three supervision experiences
    • two individual supervisions at 35 hours each and a third supervision which may be either individual (35 hours), paired (50 hours) or group (90 hours)
  • Personal Therapy twice weekly

Telephone Seminars

  • Students will meet by telephone conference call on Friday mornings from 10 am to noon eastern time
  • Each 15 week semester will consist of nine weeks of didactic discussion, taught by IPI faculty; the other six weeks will consist of clinical case conference the first hour in which students present their clinical work, and the second hour will be devoted to small group GAM (Group Affective Model) meetings led by a PPCP Coordinator.


Tuition is $3600 per year. The fee includes the cost of the 30 weekly two-hour seminars and the cost of four IPI National training weekends. Separate supervision fees to be negotiated with supervisors.

Weekend Conferences

Each weekend features a guest contributor of international note whose work is at the leading edge of contemporary object relations theory. Advanced program participants are encouraged to prepare themselves as teachers by giving theoretical discussion papers and clinical presentations. At each weekend conference, the membership of the large group of the two-year program is enriched by the addition of weekend-only registrants who then participate in their own weekend-only small groups and the large group plenary review meeting.

For more details about upcoming Weekend Conferences, click here.

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact Sheila Hill, LiCSW, Chair, PPCP at (865) 549-5120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Walt Ehrhardt, EdD, Admissions Committee Chair at 985-727-1999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With Best Wishes,
Sheila Hill, LiCSW
Walt Ehrhardt, EdD