Windows into the Therapy Process

Instructors: Stuart Ozar, MD, and Juliana Varela, MSW

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Location: Institute Classroom A  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $ (book fee included)


Varela, Juliana 2017This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 14 Credit Hours

For clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a “window” into the process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual clinical material. Each class will begin with a brief theoretical description of a core clinical concept, followed by the presentation and discussion of material from a long-term psychotherapy process. We welcome lively discussion, dialogue and debate.

We encourage therapists working from within other theoretical frameworks to take this class. Some knowledge of psychodynamic theory and practice is helpful but not required.


  • Identify characteristic aspects of clinical material.
  • Clarify the relationship of theory to clinical practice.
  • Describe various phases of treatment.
  • Describe the experience & use of transference & countertransference.
  • Define the concepts of conflict & compromise formation.
  • Describe multiple models of psychological functioning.
  • Describe the spectrum of psychodynamic treatments.
  • Begin to assess suitability for psychodynamic treatments.
  • Describe various types of defensive operations.
  • Describe the emotional challenges experienced by psychotherapists.
  • Describe the reasons why a therapist’s personal therapy is important.
  • Describe what is meant by the concept of psychotherapeutic frame.

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