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

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:
Social Constructivism and Social Justice: Possibilities Disrupted 
Gender, Sexuality, Race
Object Relations and Feminist Relational Theory

Module 2:
Eating & Body Modification: Group Experience & Clinical Applications
The Body, Trauma, & Self States
Module 3:
Sex and Substances
Body Stories

Tuition and Payments: The total tuition for two year program is $3,800. Deposit of $500 (towards tuition) is due by Friday, August 18th, 2017. First tuition payment of $825 is due by September 14th, 2017 at the latest. Second tuition payment of $825 due by January 5th, 2018 at the latest. Third tuition payment of $825 due by September 13th, 2018 at the latest. Fourth tuition payment of $825 due by January 5th, 2019 at the latest.
Educational consultation*: Sessions are 45 minutes in length and scheduled in advance with the assigned consultant. The fee of $75/session is payable to The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute at the start of the semester in a lump sum ($1500 per year, due on September 14
th, 2017 and September 13th, 2018.) Students may not carry a balance for tuition and educational consultation. Students must attend the full forty sessions of consultation over the two years in order to graduate. Students must abide by the one-week advance notice cancellation policy, and are expected to reschedule missed sessions. Students are expected to be on time for scheduled educational consultation meetings. If a student is more then 15 minutes late to a scheduled session, the session will not be counted towards the total required for graduation. Payments may be made by mailing a check to The WTCI or online at via paypal.

Withdrawal and Refunds: Students who withdraw from the program prior to the first orientation meeting will receive a 100% refund of the first year tuition.
Students who withdraw at any time from the program during the first year are responsible for the first year’s tuition as well as educational consultation costs. Application fee is non-refundable.

Please refer to "Policies" page for the program's policy information.

WEEK 1 September 14, 2017: RECEPTION
INTRODUCTION: Hope, Dread, Expectations, The Frame, Being a Student.
--Welcome by Catherine Baker-Pitts and Anne Wennerstrand, Co-Directors, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute Two-Year Training Program
--Orientation: Meet and greet participants and faculty

First Year: Fall 2017

MODULE 1 (21 classes September 28, 2017 - March 22, 2018)  
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
Course Instructors: Laura Kogel, LCSW and Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW
These first 5 classes present a broad, historical overview ​of the three biggest systems we all live in and under: capitalism, racism, and patriarchy. The classes provide a political, social, and economic foundation for the whole program, a container to hold the theoretical and clinical material ​over the next two years, sometimes foreground,​ other times silent background.
The first three classes ​address the actual structures of capitalism and its changes over the last 40 years; a short history of racism particularly as it intersects with capitalism; and patriarchy as an ancient system as well as its current incarnation intertwined with capitalism as it impacts women's embodiment. ​Our own social locations within these systems will be addressed as well as social activism over the last century into the 21st.
The last two classes cover ​further ​causes of disembodiment ​by looking at ​the social construction ​of ​​body ideals over (primarily western) human history​; dieting as a major industry of our economy as well as a personal experience; ​and the history and ​current corporatization of food and hence our taste buds.  We study how all these constructs get inside us.

WEEKS 7-14
Gender, Sexuality, Race
November 2, 2017 - Masculinities/Sexualities
November 9, 2017 - Decentering Masculinities
November 16, 2017 - Deconstruction and Expansion
Instructor: Joanne Messina, LCSW
Drawing upon psychoanalytic feminism and postmodern gender theory, this course will examine masculinity as a social category and psychic identity position— a site of injury, compromise, protest, and potential. While phallic masculinity was historically regarded as “beyond analysis” and idealized as an achievement, we will consider recent efforts to problematize normative masculinity as a defensive position while exploring the range of masculinities that exist within and beyond the binary. Our exploration will be rooted in the notion that there are multiple masculinities influenced by gender, race, ethnicity class, and sexuality, but that all of these masculinities orient themselves in relation to the dominant social construction of masculinity. In our three meetings, we will engage with these themes and work to expand our sense of gender beyond the binary and its regulatory agenda. In addition, through our intersectional, psychoanalytic lens it may be possible to shed some light on the current sociopolitical backlash perpetrated largely by aggrieved white men (and those who are aligned with them) in their preoccupation with reclaiming an always precarious masculine authority and dominance. If Michael Kimmel is correct that toxic masculinity results from the combined effects of shame, humiliation, and entitlement, how do we engage with these themes in the clinical situation and position ourselves in relation to a culture so panicked about the loss of racial, heterosexual, and gender privilege?

December 7, 2017 - Social Stigma and the Trans Homeless Population
Guest Lecturers: Jevon Martin, Sophie Cadle
An estimated 700,.000 transgender youth lack secure housing. We look at what life on the streets is like for many of them. To understand the multiple social stressors and stigma faced by people of transgender experience we look at, among other stressors,
the psychological mind frame and meanings of “survival sex” for some people who are homeless. This course explores skills to enhance affirmative, supportive health care for people who are transgender and homeless.

December 14, 2017 - Colloquium
Instructors: Catherine Baker-Pitts, LCSW, Anne Wennerstrand, LCSW

January 4, 11, 2018 - Transgender Theory & Clinical practice
Guest Lecturer: Griffin Hansbury, LCSW
This course will be a study of psychoanalytic thought about transgender identities and phenomena, from an introduction of the basics to an exploration of current clinical approaches. Discussion of readings will be complemented by clinical material from the instructor. In the Students are encouraged to discuss responses to transgender figures in their lives and/or in the media/literature. Each segment is 2 hours long.
January 4, 2018 Introduction, History, and Changing Thought
Instructor presentation of transgender basics
2: Clinical Work and Countertransference
An exploration of current clinical approaches

January 25, 2018 - The Surgical Body & the Shaping of Gender
Instructor: Catherine Baker-Pitts, LCSW
Through discussion, readings, self-reflexive exploration and clinical vignettes, we’ll consider a clinical approach across a wide arc of genders and sexualities when the self-body is in transformation. We’ll look at some of the psychological, cultural, and intersubjective meanings of elective surgeries and contemplate a set of questions:

    WEEKS 15-21
    Object Relations and Feminist Relational Theory
    February 1, 2018 - Introduction to Object Relations
    February 18, 2018 - Introduction to Object Relations, Continued
    February 15, 2018 - Introduction to Object Relations, Continued
    February 22, 2018 - Early Feminist Relational Theory
    March 1, 2018 - Early Feminist Relational Theory, Continued
    March 8, 2018 - Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory
    March 15, 2018 - Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory, Continued
    Course Instructor: Susan Gutwill, MS
    This module is devoted to the study of basic psychodynamic theory and practice. During each class, we will discuss reading, which includes:
    Class 1
    Chapters on Klein in Mitchell and Black, Freud and Beyond

    Ogden, The Matrix of the Mind, p. 1-129 in Ogden
    Greenberg and Mitchell “ Melanie Klein”
    Class 2
    Stephen Mitchell and Margaret Black, Freud and Beyond Chapter 5 on Fairbairn and Thomas Ogden
    Matrix of the Mind, Chapter 6 on Klein and Fairbairn
    Class 3
    D.W. Winnicott
    Winnicott, D.W., Chapter 3, “The Theory of The Parent-Infant Relationship”, The Maturational Process, 1960.
    Winnicott, D.W., Chapter 6: “The Use of an Object and Relating through Identifications”, Playing and Reality.
    Winnicott, D.W., Chapter 18, “Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena”, in Collected Papers, 1951.
    Winnicott, D.W., Chapter 16: “Aggression in Relation to Emotional
    Winnicott, D.W., “Hate in the Countertransference”, Collected Papers, 1947.

    Winnicott, D. W., “The Theory of the Parent Infant Relationship”
    Winnicott, D. W., “Primitive Emotion Development”
    Winnicott, D. W., “Ego Integration in child Development”
    Chapters 7 and 8 in Ogden
    Mitchell and Black p.89-112
    Class 4 and 5
    Feminist Object Relational and Intersubjective Theory
    Eichenbaum, L., “Women and Desire: Disruptions in Engagement”, Presented at The Seventh John Bowlby Memorial Conference, London, March 3, 2000.
    Eichenbaum, L., and Orbach, S., “From Objects to Subjects”, presentation,1994.
    Dorothy Dinnerstein, “ Sometimes You Wonder if They Are Human”
    Class 6 and 7
    Jessica Benjamin
    Jessica Benjamin, Beyond Doer and Done To;
    Introduction, Chapter One, Chapter 3 and pp. 234-248 in the last chapter.
    We will spend 1 and a half classes on Klein, then finish our discussion of Melanie Klein and turn to Ronald W. Fairbairn
    . We will focus on Winnicott for one and half weeks and look at application of the ideas of Winnicott. During the remainder of this module, we will study early feminist psychoanalytic thoughts from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. We will discuss the contributions of Luise Eichenbaum and Susie Orbach, Dorothy Dinnerstein, Nancy Chodorow , Jessica Benjamin and Virginia Goldner with particular emphasis on their ideas regarding human dependency, independence, interdependency and intersubjectivity and the need for “recognition.”

    March 22, 2018 - Colloquium
    Instructors: Catherine Baker-Pitts, LCSW, Anne Wennerstrand, LCSW


    MODULE 2 (21 classes April 5, 2018 - December 13, 2018)  42 CE hours)

    Eating & Body Modification: Group Experience & Clinical Applications

    (23) April 5, 2018
    Group Carol Bloom

    (24) April 12, 2018
    Group Carol Bloom

    (25) April 19, 2018
    Group Carol Bloom

    (26) April 26, 2018
    Group Carol Bloom

    (27) May 3, 2018
    Black Bodies & Racial Anxiety Andrea Hamilton

    (28) May 10, 2018
    Black Bodies & Racial Anxiety Andrea Hamilton

    (29) May 17, 2018
    Hunger, Food & Satiation Anne Wennerstrand

    (30) May 31, 2018
    Hunger, Food & Satiation Anne Wennerstrand

    (31) June 7, 2018
    COLLOQUIUM Anne Wennerstrand


    Second Year: Fall 2018

    The Body, Trauma, & Self States

    (32) September 20, 2018
    Trauma & Attachment Debbie Liner

    (33) September 27, 2018
    Trauma & Dissociation Debbie Liner

    (34) October 4, 2018
    Intergenerational Transmission Debbie Liner

    (35) October 11, 2018
    Gendered Violence Susan Gutwill

    (36) October 18, 2018
    Gendered Violence Susan Gutwill

    (37) October 25, 2018 Susan Gutwill
    Gendered Violence

    (38) November 1, 2018
    Gendered Violence Susan Gutwill

    (39) November 8, 2018
    Internal Family Systems Laura Kogel

    (40) November 15, 2018
    Internal Family Systems Laura Kogel


    (41) November 29, 2018
    Internal Family Systems Laura Kogel

    (42) December 6, 2018
    Internal Family Systems Laura Kogel

    (43) December 13, 2018 Catherine Baker-Pitts
    COLLOQUIUM & Anne Wennerstrand


    MODULE 3 (16 classes January 10, 2019 - May 16, 2019) 32 CE hours
    (44) January 10, 2019
    Somatic Cognition Andrea Gitter

    (45) January 17, 2019
    Somatic Countertransference Andrea Gitter

    (46) January 24, 2019
    Somato-Psychic Conditions Andrea Gitter
    Sex & Substances

    (47) January 31, 2019
    Sex Wendy Miller

    (48) February 7, 2019
    Sex Wendy Miller

    (49) February 14, 2019
    Substances & Harm Reduction Crystal Fuller Lewis

    (50) February 21, 2019
    Substances & Harm Reduction Crystal Fuller Lewis

    Body Stories

    (51) February 28, 2019
    Fat Bodies Linda Arbus

    (52) March 7, 2019
    Fat Bodies Linda Arbus

    (53) March 14, 2019
    Relationships with Parental Bodies Janet Zinn


    (54) April 4, 2019
    Relationships with Parental Bodies Janet Zinn

    (55) April 11, 2019
    Illness & Body Narratives Kathy Conway

    (56) April 25, 2019
    Illness & Body Narratives Kathy Conway

    (57) May 2, 2019
    Attuned Aging: Moving Beyond Cultural Expectations Barbara Buloff &
    Lela Zaphiropoulos

    (58) May 9, 2019 Barbara Buloff &
    Attuned Aging Continued Lela Zaphiropoulos
    (59) May 16, 2019
    Reflections & Termination Catherine Baker-Pitts &
    Anne Wennerstrand
    (60) May 30, 2019 GRADUATION