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 
Course Instructors: Laura Kogel & Lela Zaphiropoulos 

Gender, Sexuality, Race 
November 2, 2017 – Masculinities/Sexualities  November 9, 2017 – Decentering Masculinities  November 16, 2017 – Deconstruction and Expansion   Instructor: 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;   Instructor: 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 – Illness & Body Narratives, Kathy Conway 
April 25, 2019 – Illness & Body Narratives, Kathy Conway 
May 2, 2019 – Attuned Aging: Moving Beyond Cultural Expectations – Barbara Buloff & Lela Zaphiropoulos 
May 9, 2019 – Attuned Aging Continued, Barbara Buloff & Lela Zaphiropoulos  
May 16, 2019 – COLLOQUIUM: Reflections & Termination, Catherine Baker-Pitts & Anne Wennerstrand 

GRADUATION:
May 30, 2019  

TUITION 

Tuition and Payments: The total tuition for two-year program is $3,800. Deposit of $500 (towards tuition) is due by August 18, 2017.First tuition payment of $825 is due by September 14, 2017. Second tuition payment of $825 is due by January 5, 2018. Third tuition payment of $825 is due by September 13, 2018. Fourth tuition payment of $825 is due by January 5, 2019. 

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 14th, 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 than15 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 www.wtci-nyc.org 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.