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Minding the Body: Culture, Gender, Creativity & Subversion
A feminist psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program
Starts September, 2017
The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute is known for its pioneering work on women’s relationship to food, feeding, and their bodies. Since the publication of Susie Orbach’s Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1978), the faculty of The WTCI has further developed a theory and practice explicated in Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994), a widely used text for psychotherapists.
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. The WTCI model, individual mentoring and an experiential group enrich the clinician’s use of self, including attention to somatic countertransference and to the meeting of bodies/subjectivities in the therapeutic setting.
Social Constructivism: Possibilities Disrupted
Historical Processes: History of Psychoanalysis
Patriarchy, Racism, Heteronormativity, and the Internalization of Culture
Historical Processes: Causes of Disembodiment
Social and Psychoanalytic Theories
Introduction to Object Relations
The Development of Early Feminist Relational Theory: With Gender in Mind and Body
Feminist Relational Theory Intersectionality/Feminism
Classed, Raced, Gendered, Sized Bodies
Queer Theory/Post Modern Theories
Trauma and the Body
Trauma and Dissociation
Trauma and Attachment
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
The Dissociative Spectrum: DID
Working with Self States/Parts of Self & Neuroscience Perspectives
Curriculum subject to minor changes.
Bodies in Context/Somatic Countertransference
Somatic Cognition: The Visual Body and the Visceral Body
Reading the Body: Movement Signatures and Somatic Temperaments
Bringing the Therapist’s Body Into the Room
To Bequeath a Body: Utilizing the Body Observational Diagnostic Interview (BODI)
Clinical Work With Eating Problems and Body Image
Hunger, Food and Satiation
Working with the “Symptom”
Dynamics of the Eating Work with Adolescents and Families
Dynamic Assessment of Eating Problems and the Continuum of Care
Clinical Perspectives on Body Modification and Technologies of Gender
The Maternal Body and the Vicissitudes of Reproduction, Childbirth, ARTs
Cosmetic and Weight Loss Surgery
Illness and Body Narratives
Aging and Mortality
Reflections, Possibilities and Termination
Classes meet on Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm and include lectures, discussion, an experiential group, and group educational consultation. A total of forty sessions of individual consultation with a member of the WTCI faculty are required for graduation. Students will have the opportunity to work with two different faculty members, and must complete thirty consecutive weeks of consultation with one faculty member before being assigned to a second faculty member.
Educational consultation may be focused in one of two ways:
-The Clinical Track requires students to have their own individual case or group (from agency or private practice). This track is designed to assist those who wish to enhance their clinical skill.
-The Applied Track requires the student to identify a research topic, a community-based project or intervention, or other topic of interest culminating in a final paper. This track is for those who do not have a current clinical case and wish to deepen their learning experience by focusing on a theoretical or clinical issue, problem or question.
The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute Training Program is recognized by The New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for LCSWs/LMSWs. #SW-0361.
The New York State Education Department has approved this program for 135 contact hours (CEUs) over 60 sessions for LCSWs and LMSWs.
The fee for two year program is $3,800. Individual consultation fees: $100 per session. Application fee of $50 is non-refundable. Scholarship funding for tuition and consultation is available based on demonstrated and documented need. Financial aid application is available upon request. The completed application is due by June 1.
Refunds and Cancellation Policies
This program is open to post graduates with degrees in the mental health professions who are licensed or license-eligible. All genders are welcome.