The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute Training Program Curriculum 2017-2019 
MINDING THE BODY: Culture, Gender, Creativity & Subversion
A Feminist Relational Psychotherapy Two-Year Training Program


THE PROGRAM 

THE WOMEN’S THERAPY CENTRE INSTITUTE, established in 1981, offers innovative training based on contemporary relational theory and feminist thought. We understand that a person’s socioeconomic and cultural location is integral to psychic and emotional development. Our unique two-year post graduate training program offers an integration of psychoanalytic, attachment, trauma, and social theories to study the spectrum of embodiment–from secure and cohesive to troubled and dissociated. Through a critical feminist lens, we analyze social hierarchies of race, class, sexual orientation, body size, gendered identities and expressions, and normative notions of health and illness. We explore the internalization of family and culture in relation to body-based symptoms and body modification practices, food and eating, trauma and sexual abuse, reproduction and caregiving, aging, and the indwelling of psyche in soma. This is a 58-week comprehensive course of study. Each of the three modules has been you developed as a distinct and complete continuing education course, and then credit is assigned to each module. 

Module 1 (21 classes, September 28, 2017 - March 22, 2018)   
- Social Constructivism and Social Justice: Possibilities Disrupted  
- Gender, Sexuality, Race 
- Object Relations and Feminist Relational Theory 

Module 2 (21 classes, April 5, 2018 - December 13, 2018) 
- Eating & Body Modification: Group Experience & Clinical Applications 
- The Body, Trauma, & Self States 

Module 3 (16 classes, January 10, 2019 - May 16, 2019) 
- Soma 
- Sex and Substances 
- Body Stories 

Introduction
 
Hope, Dread, Expectations, The Frame, Being a Student, with Catherine Baker-Pitts and Anne Wennerstrand, Co-Directors, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute Two-Year Training Program 

CURRICULUM
 

MODULE 1 
 

Social Constructivism and Social Justice: Possibilities Disrupted
 
September 28, 2017 – A Social Model of Privilege & Oppression 
October 5, 2017 – How the Last 40 Years Pushed Us Back 100 Years  
October 12, 2017 – Capitalism, Patriarchy, the Internalization of Culture, & the History of Psychoanalytic Theory & Practice.*   * The history of psychoanalytic theory and practice is presented as we put feminist relational psychotherapy in context. This is not training in psychoanalysis. 
October 19, 2017 – Causes of Disembodiment: The Body Ideal & Dieting Deconstructed 
October 26, 2017 – Causes of Disembodiment: Food in Context & Construction of Taste, Laura Kogel & Lela Zaphiropoulos 

Gender, Sexuality, Race 
November 2, 2017 – Masculinities/Sexualities  November 9, 2017 – Decentering Masculinities  November 16, 2017 – Deconstruction and Expansion, Joanne Messina  
December 7, 2017 – Social Stigma and the Trans Homeless Population; Guest Lecturers: Jevon Martin, Sophie Cadle 
December 14, 2017 – COLLOQUIUM, Catherine Baker-Pitts & Anne Wennerstrand  
January 4, 11, 2018 – Transgender Theory & Clinical practice; Guest Lecturer: Griffin Hansbury 
January 25, 2018 – The Surgical Body & the Shaping of Gender; Catherine Baker-Pitts 

Object Relations and Feminist Relational Theory
 
February 1, 8, 15, 2018 – Introduction to Object Relations  February 22, 2018, March 1, 2018 – Early Feminist Relational Theory  March 8, 15, 2018 – Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory, Susan Gutwill 
March 22, 2018 – COLLOQUIUM, Catherine Baker-Pitts & Anne Wennerstrand
 
SPRING BREAK 

MODULE 2  

Eating & Body Modification: Group Experience & Clinical Applications
 
April 5, 2018, April 12, 2018, April 19, 2018, April 26, 2018 – Group, Carol Bloom 
May 3, 2018, May 10, 2018 – Black Bodies & Racial Anxiety, Andrea Hamilton  
May 17, 2018, May 31, 2018 – Hunger, Food & Satiation, Anne Wennerstrand 
June 7, 2018 – COLLOQUIUM, Anne Wennerstrand 

SUMMER BREAK
 

The Body, Trauma, & Self States
 
September 20, 2018 – Trauma & Attachment, Debbie Liner 
September 27, 2018 – Trauma & Dissociation, Debbie Liner 
October 4, 2018 – Intergenerational Transmission, Debbie Liner 
October 11, 2018, October 18, 2018, October 25, 2018, November 1, 2018 – Gendered Violence, Susan Gutwill 
November 8, 2018, November 15, 2018 – Internal Family Systems, Laura Kogel 

FALL BREAK 
 

November 29, 2018, December 6, 2018 – Internal Family Systems, Laura Kogel
 
December 13, 2018 – COLLOQUIUM, Catherine Baker-Pitts & Anne Wennerstrand  

WINTER BREAK
 

MODULE 3 
 

Soma 
 
January 10, 2019 – Somatic Cognition, Andrea Gitter 
January 17, 2019 – Somatic Countertransference, Andrea Gitter 
January 24, 2019 – Somato-Psychic Conditions, Andrea Gitter 

Sex & Substances
 
January 31, 2019, February 7, 2019 – Sex, Wendy Miller 
February 14, 2019, February 21, 2019 – Substances & Harm Reduction, Crystal Fuller Lewis 

Body Stories 
 
February 28, 2019, March 7, 2019 – Fat Bodies, Linda Arbus 
March 14, 2019 – Relationships with Parental Bodies, Janet Zinn 

SPRING BREAK
 

April 4, 2019 – Independent Project Presentations
 
April 11, 2019, April 25, 2019 – Illness & Body Narratives, Kathy Conway 
May 2, 2019, May 9, 2019 – Attuned Aging: Moving Beyond Cultural Expectations, Barbara Buloff & Lela Zaphiropoulos 
May 16, 2019 – COLLOQUIUM: Reflections & Termination, Catherine Baker-Pitts & Anne Wennerstrand 

GRADUATION:
May 30, 2019