Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Hartman Lounge -The Mansion 
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florham Park Campus
Madison, NJ

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Cathy Van Voorhees 
Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ 


Course Description: 

Providing high quality clinical supervision to candidates in psychoanalytic training is crucial to maintaining ongoing excellence in both training and clinical service.  The needs of the candidates and the goals for integrating supervision with the didactic component of the program are unique to this setting.  This retreat will focus on the advanced supervisory skills needed to provide effective supervision within a psychoanalytic training program.  We will identify the supervisor competencies that support these training goals, and discuss their application to training in the new millennium.

 Topics will include:  the operation of triangles within the supervisory system {supervisor, candidate, patient and training institute}, and how this awareness informs effective supervisory input; the role of vulnerability in this supervisory system; the evaluation process within a psychoanalytic training program; and issues and challenges in the evaluation process.  The role of shame as a potent challenge in supervision and evaluation will be examined as it relates to both the candidate’s and the supervisor’s conscious and unconscious experience.

The format of the course will include guided discussion to draw from the varying levels of experience and seniority of the participants, as well as presentation and discussion by the instructors of selected readings. 

Course Objectives:  Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three unique aspects of supervising candidates in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy training.
  2. Articulate at least three goals of psychoanalytically oriented supervision within a postgraduate training program.
  3. Assess the growth of their own supervisory skills in meeting these goals, and target areas for their own professional development as psychoanalytic supervisors.
  4. Analyze the conscious and unconscious components of the systemic triangles operating between supervisor, candidate, patient and training institute in the psychoanalytic supervision process.
  5. Practice recognizing these triangles within their own supervisory relationships.
  6. Describe the role of vulnerability on the part of both supervisor and candidate in the psychoanalytic supervision process.
  7. Identify at least three goals for evaluating the supervision in a psychoanalytic training program.   
  8. Articulate two or more areas of difficulty that can interfere with effective psychoanalytic supervision.
  9. Discuss the role of shame in the psychoanalytic supervision process as it relates to either the candidate or the supervisor.


11:00 – 11:15   Introduction and Overview (non-instructional time/no credit) 


Dr. Debra Roelke               

11:15-12:15     Fostering Competence: Candidate Competencies / Supervisor Competencies 

Dr. Nina Williams            

This course segment will use guided discussion and presentation on the unique goals of psychoanalytic supervision within a psychoanalytic training program.  We will discuss the integration of these goals to the competencies we seek to foster in psychoanalytic candidates.  We will then identify the supervisor competencies that best develop these training goals, and discuss the use of self-assessment and ongoing training to maintain excellence in psychoanalytic supervision for the new millennium.


12:15 – 1:00        Lunch break – non-instructional time/no credit given

1:00 – 2:00         Triangles in psychoanalytic supervision: Working with vulnerability within these triangles   

Dr. Karen Heffernan   

This course segment will expand on psychoanalysts’ knowledge of  the various systemic triangles operative in the supervision process within a psychoanalytic training institute.  We will discuss the approach of “evenly hovering attention” to the supervisor’s awareness of these triangles in action, and how this informs effective supervisory input.  Guided discussion will address the topic of vulnerability that operates both consciously and unconsciously within these triangles  The format will combine presentation, guided discussion and case vignettes.


2:00 – 3:00        Issues in supervision evaluation; Identifying and working with shame/ In this process:  the candidate’s and the supervisor’s  

Janet Hoffman, LCSW

Janet Hoffer, LCSW        

This course segment will present the goals and process of evaluation in psychoanalytic supervision as it relates to training progress.  Guided discussion and case vignettes will expand on this to discuss approaches and challenges to evaluating psychoanalytic supervisees.  The role of shame in particular as a potent challenge in supervision and evaluation will be examined as it relates to both the candidate’s and the supervisor’s conscious and unconscious experience.

Participant Level:  This is an advanced Continuing Educational program.  It is open to all certified psychoanalysts.

Continuing Education: 3 CEs for Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers (Clinical Practice)*

 For Counselors: CPPNJ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing  Education Provider,   ACEP  No. 6863. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CPPNJ is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 For Psychologists:  CPPNJ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPPNJ maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  

*NJ Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #66 Course #1747 from 02/23/2018 to 02/23/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 3  

Cost: $20 for CPPNJ Members; $60 for Non-Members

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this CE event.

ADA accommodations available upon request (Required at least 14 days prior tocourse start date).

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at www.cppnj.org,contact us by email at (cppnj@cppnj.org) or at CPPNJ 235 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940