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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Track

Track Objectives:  

  • To provide residents who have a strong interest in psychotherapy with an opportunity to go above and beyond the normal expected levels of knowledge and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • To encourage resident interest in learning psychotherapy.

This track is administered in collaboration with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP). PCOP is a non-profit organization founded in 1939 to promote the study and practice of psychoanalysis. The Center is affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Its mission includes education, research, and community service. Residents on the Psychotherapy Track are awarded a certificate in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from PCOP. Residents are encouraged to attend additional educational programming at PCOP free of charge.

Application and acceptance:   

Residents can apply during their PGY 1 or 2 years.  Acceptance is determined by residency director in conjunction with track director and the Clinical Competency Committee.  


PGY 2 Year  

Yearly supervisors assigned will supervise psychotherapy readings.  Residents will pick up one psychotherapy patient early in the year and then increase to 2 patients per week as resident ability and patient availability allow.  Efforts will be made to identify patients suitable for psychodynamic psychotherapy.

PGY 3 Year

In addition to a resident’s normal clinical and educational responsibilities, residents will participate one evening per week in the Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program.  

Residents on the psychotherapy track will work with chief residents to ensure that the call schedule is such that the resident does not violate duty hours.  The Department of Psychiatry will pay for tuition to this course.  

PGY 4 Year

In addition to a resident’s normal clinical and educational responsibilities, residents will participate in the evening Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program one evening per week. 

Residents will carry an additional 3 outpatient therapy hours per week.

Residents will rotate through the Tuttleman College Mental Health Clinic Elective to gain experience specific to the young adult and college populations.

Didactic Education:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program of PCOP

The curriculum emphasizes clinical experience within a tripartite regimen of didactic course work, individual supervision of psychotherapy cases (provided through residency supervisors), and the student's optional personal psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. Clinical and theoretical courses are paired to emphasize the practical application of the concepts and techniques being studied. The theoretical focus is on the underlying factors forming the basis of personality and psychopathology; with the clinical focus on the influence of these factors on the psychotherapeutic process.

The course work consists of two years of clinical and theoretical seminars, along with group supervision and case conferences. Classes will be held at Rockland Mansion, East Fairmount Park, 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive, Philadelphia, PA. First year classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:40 P.M.—second year classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. The year begins in September and is divided into three eleven-week trimesters.

Personal psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is recommended for a full understanding of the therapeutic process. It is preferable for students to be in personal treatment while participating in the program. The Chair of the Temple Department of Psychiatry and the PCOP program director can provide therapist recommendations upon request.