The Psychotherapy Institute is a nonprofit organization of mental health professionals that was founded in 1972. Members come from many disciplines: marriage, family, and child therapy, social work, psychology, psychiatry, and nursing. We’re united by dedication to psychodynamic approaches to therapy and interest in professional development and growth. The Institute is governed by committees of volunteer Institute members. Our education program provides continuing education to the professional community. Through our training programs and moderate-fee state-licensed clinic, we provide high-quality, affordable psychotherapy to residents of the East Bay.
We believe that The Psychotherapy Institute is unique in providing a setting for clinicians from many disciplines and orientations to find common ground and a professional home.
Since 1984, The Psychotherapy Institute has offered a two-year program in the theory and practice of supervision. One of the oldest such programs in the nation, it is the only one of its kind in the Bay Area. The program combines readings and didactic instruction with a program that includes weekly individual and small-group consultation.
The mission of the program is to help participants develop a sense of personal authority as teachers within the profession. Supervision is presented as a separate, intimate, and complex process, distinct from psychotherapy and requiring special attention and study.
The Supervision Study Program utilizes a relational approach to learning and teaching, that focuses on developing understanding of the relationship dynamics in the consultant/supervisor, supervisor/therapist and therapist/client relationships and the parallels that may exist. Exploring transference and countertransference is an essential vehicle for helping your supervisees to deepen their clinical work.
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Applicants will be supervising or consulting when or shortly after they enter the program (beginning of October). The Selection Committee can suggest supervisory opportunities for program participants who are not already providing supervision or consultation.
Participants enrolled in the program may provide supervision to staff therapists in TPI’s post graduate training program, as well as to licensed therapists in the community through the Institute’s professional consultation service
This can vary according to your practice or work situation, but for maximum learning, we recommend that you supervise three or more clinicians.
Participants in training receive individual consultation from senior clinicians who have closely studied and applied the supervision process. Participants also work in a small group with a group consultant, studying the literature and sharing supervisory experiences, to better understand the complex relationships between consultant and supervisor, supervisor and supervisee, and supervisee and patient.
You should estimate 5-8 hours per week for group & individual consultation, reading and supervision that you do. Nine times per year, on Saturday mornings, there will be a 2.5-hour seminar.
The training program begins the first week in October and runs for two full years. There is usually an orientation meeting held before the start of the program.
The weekly consultation group is scheduled in advance and meets at the group consultant’s office. For 2013-2015 the weekly consultation group will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:50am. You and your individual consultant will agree upon a time for your weekly meetings at the consultant’s office. The seminars are held monthly on Saturday mornings, normally the third Saturday of the month and may take place at TPI or at the teacher’s office.
In terms of time, you may need to adjust your work schedule for the individual and group consultation, and for your supervision of therapists if you are not already supervising. In terms of work quality, participants find that the learning process clarifies and deepens their other clinical work and professional identities.
Yes, TPI is an approved CE provider and CE units are given for attendance at the Saturday Seminars.
Some training cohorts have maintained contact after graduation, forming the nucleus of a professional supervisors network. Supervisors who maintain their TPI membership find that TPI provides a vibrant professional community.
Activities such as committee work, case conferences, and our monthly Making Connections Forum are just a few of the possible ways of getting involved in TPI.
A $50 (US) application fee must accompany the application.
The fee for the two-year program is $250/month.
Participants in the Supervision Study Program must also become members of The Psychotherapy Institute; membership fees are waived while students are enrolled in the program.
Participants set their own fees for their private practice consultees and collect those fees themselves. There are additional opportunities to supervise trainees in TPI’s two-year post-graduate training program and through TPI’s Consultation Service, available to licensed therapists in the professional community at large. Fees collected through the Consultation Service accrue to TPI while you are in the Supervision Study Program.
No. SSP students receive TPI membership as part of their tuition while they are enrolled in the program, but applicants do not need to be current members in order to apply.