Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (PPP)

Chair: Sheila Hill, M.S.W.

Chair of Admissions Committee: Walt Ehrhardt, EdD

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Learn more about our PPCP Mini Series Videoconference

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (PPP) is a two year post-graduate program in contemporary psychodynamic theory and therapeutic technique. The program is designed to develop clincial competency in working with patients from a contemporary object-relations/intersubjective approach

The PPP is structured around 4 semesters. Each semester includes 16 hours of seminars and case presentations taught using a two way video link. The seminars are taught using IPI's unique teaching method, the Group Affective Model (GAM). The seminars are designed to be taken over a minimum of two years, and a maximum of four years. The program has three tracks: didactic participation, academic certification, and clinical certification. 


  • Didactic
    Therapists not interested in working toward certification can enroll in one or more semesters of the program
  • Academic
    Seminars, a two day summer institute, plus a program designated in-person IPI weekend confered leading to a certificate of completion.
  • Clinical
    This track adds clinical supervision to the academic track and leads to a certificate of proficiency. 


Application form

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.

Program Requirements

All participants working toward certification will attend one two-day summer institute taught via video link. The summer institute experience will include participation in a Group Affective Model (GAM) group. 

All participants working toward certification must attend one program-designated IPI training weekend in person during the second year of the program at which they will participate in a GAM group comprised of PPP participants. 

All participants working toward certification must complete sixty-four hours of video seminars. 

  • Seminars of 2 hours each meet bi-monthly for eight months each year (total 32 hours per year)
  • Each seminar will include a one hour case presentation by a program participant and a discussion of the case by participants and a discussant. 
  • Participants who have participated in the PPCP mini-series may apply that seminar work to a portion of the academic requirements with the approval of the Program Director.
  • Participants who have been in supervision with a member of the IPI National Faculty may apply 35 hours of that supervision to the requirements for clinical proficiency certification.


Academic Track Requirements:

  • 64 hours of seminars
  • 16 hours in the summer institute
  • 16 hours during an IPI weekend conference
  • Total: 96 hours


Clinical Track Requirements:

  • Complete the academic requirements
  • Complete either two individual supervisions of 35 hours each or two paired supervisions of 50 hours each. Participants in this track will receive supervision at a reduced fee from PPP faculty. 
  • Personal therapy is not a requirement for completion of the program. However, because a certificate of proficiency is awarded at its completion, individual participants may be required to enter treatment to address personal issues if, in the judgement of the program steering committee, those issues are interfering with the quality of their clinical work. 
  • Total 96 hours academic and 70 or 100 hours of supervision. 

The Summer Institute and Seminars

The summer institute is designed to take the students from an understanding of drive theory through object relations theroy and technique with an emphasis on the contemporary importance of the work of both Donald Winnicott and Wilfred Bion, and on to the contemporary object-relations/intersubjective approach. The emphasis will be on understanding the theory and technique of working with both developmental and event-based trauma. 

In the summer institute and in the seminars, we will be working toward the development of the therapeutic skill of thinking concretely and symbolically at the same time. That is the skill of thinking that underlies the capacity to develop and maintain an analytic sensitivity no matter the frequency or duration of treatment and no matter the disruptions in the frame. The seminar assignments will be heavily weighted with readings from the recent literature paired with classical texts: Winnicott with Ogden, Bion with Ferro, Klein with Steiner, and Bion with Adrienne Harris, for example. 


The academic certification requirements may be taken in any order and must be completed within three years of entering the program.

The clinical certification requirements must be met within four years. 


$20 per CE Credit

$75 per hours of supervision

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact Sheila Hill, LiCSW, Chair, PPP 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