Psychotherapy Didactics

Psychotherapy is considered an important component of psychiatric treatment and emphasis is placed on appropriate training. Our goal for residents at the end of training is to be able to do the following.

  • Practice Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Practice psychodynamically informed Pharmacotherapy
  • Refer their psychopharmacology patients to therapists for therapy describing rationale for a particular type of psychotherapy for that individual with brief psychodynamic formulation


The psychotherapy training module consists of the following topics taught by various faculty members with expertise in each topic or therapy type.

  • What is Psychotherapy?
  • Different Theories/Different Techniques
  • Ego Psychology/Defense Mechanism/Sigmund Freud
  • Object Relations Theory/Melanie Klein/Defense Mechanisms
  • Mahler stages/Winnicott's contributions
  • Self-psychology/Self Esteem development/Narcissistic issues/Kohut
  • Erikson stages of development/particularly adolescence/identity formation
  • Short Term focused Psychodynamic psychotherapy module
  • Contemporary once a week Psychotherapy module
  • Psychoanalysis module
  • Transference
  • Counter transference
  • CBT theory/technique. Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck module
  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Behavior Therapy Module
  • Psycho diagnostic Interviewing Skills module (7 sessions)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder/psychodynamic understanding/psychotherapeutic techniques
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder/psychodynamic understanding/psychotherapeutic techniques
  • Grief and Loss/psychodynamic understanding/psychotherapeutic techniques
  • Termination of Psychotherapy/Planned and Unexpected
  • Psychodynamic formulation module (2 sessions)


Psychotherapy Didactics team