The Training Analyst Appointment Process: Myths and Realities

Presenters: Ronald Benson, M.D., Stefanie Speanburg, LCSW & Rex McGeHee, M.D.

Sunday, April 30, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm E

2.0 CMEs/CEUs available

Registration fee is $60.00 for those wishing to receive CEUs/CMEs. No registration fee for those who not wishing to receive CEUs/CMEs.


Your registration and continuing education credits will be managed through the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute (PI). When you register, you will be taken to the CPI website in order to complete the registration process.

This webinar is intended for graduate adult and child analysts of AAPE Institutes. The focus will be on a discussion of the complexities of the TA/SA appointment process. Representatives of two AAPE Institutes will present their approaches to the processes of Adult TA/SA appointment and Child SA appointment, and one recently appointed adult TA/SA will discuss her experience of this process. The remainder of the webinar will be devoted to brainstorming among those in attendance.

Learning Objectives

1.Participants will identify two key elements of assessment of applicants for adult TA/SA positions.

2.Participants will identify two elements specific to assessment of applicants for child SA positions.

Ronald M. Benson, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the Chair of the Faculty Selection Committee that oversees the review and appointment of TAs/SAs at MPI. He is a former chair of the Committee on Institutes and of the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the former President of the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education. In each of these roles he has reviewed TA/SA appointment procedures at many training programs at Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (MPI).

Stefanie Speanburg, Ph.D., LCSW, FABP is a full-time, certified psychoanalyst in private practice. As a career psychoanalyst, she achieved Supervising Analyst and Psychoanalyst-of-Candidates qualifications a few years following graduation. She teaches Comparative Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories and Practice in adjunct roles at Emory University Laney Graduate School, Smith School for Social Work, Georgia Medical College at Augusta, the Emory University Department of Behavioral Health and Sciences Residency Program, and the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute (EUPI). You might recognize her name as the EUPI Director, but don’t let the administrative title mislead you–she shares most of her working hours with patients and supervisees.

Rex McGehee, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst for Children, Adolescents, and Adults at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. Currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he is the past Director of the Denver Institute and past President of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society. Currently, he is the Secretary of the AAPE, Councilor for the ACP and Co-Director of the Western Consortium for Child Psychoanalysis.

** No Partial Credit Given. You must arrive within 10 minutes of the start time and stay until 10 minutes of the end time to receive CE credit.

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education of physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is relation to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

Updated July 2021 —

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Participants from states other than Ohio will need to file with their respective licensing boards. CPI will issue a certificate of attendance to those who complete the seminar, but this issuance does not guarantee CEU acceptance by boards other than the ACCME, OPA, and Ohio CSWMFT.

For more information, contact Mary Kroeger-Vuyk at CPI.

Full participation in the activities of the Institute is available to any qualified person regardless of race, color, creed, age, gender, marital status, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.


Sex, Survival, and the Function of Aggression:

The usefulness of drive theory in clinical work

Presenters: Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, Ph.D. and Dhipthi Brundage, M.D.

Moderator: Sydney Anderson

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, Ph.D. is
a Training and Supervising Analyst and a Faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute as well as of the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She has published numerous papers and three books on theoretical and clinical psychoanalysis, in addition to two novels. Dr. Schmidt-Hellerau has been the Chair of the IPA Culture Committee since 2017. She works in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Dhipthi Brundage, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Durham. She is a Consulting Associate at Duke University in the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical practice entails treating adults in an outpatient setting using psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and medications. Her educational role at Duke involves teaching and supervising psychiatry residents. At Duke, she created and directs the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum where she supervises individual residents in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

From How to Why (And What):

Analytic Considerations With Technologically

Mediated Adult and Child Psychoanalysis

A Seminar for Candidates and Faculty of AAPE Member Institutes

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Moderators: Amanda Hutchinson, M.D. and Oscar Hills, M.D.

Amanda Hutchinson is a board-certified adult and child psychoanalyst. She has a private practice in Denver, Colorado, where she sees patients of all ages in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Dr. Hutchinson completed medical school, psychiatry residency, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is not a Clinical Instructor. she is a faculty member and instructor for the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Western Consortium for Child Analysis.

Oscar Hills is a general psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. He served for many years as Firm Director of Acute Psychiatric Services and Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the West Haven Connecticut VA Hospital. He also plays the 5-String banjo with Yale’s Professors of Bluegrass.

Trauma and War:  A Psychoanalytic Case Study

Dr. Sidney Phillips – Presenter
Dr. Daniel Jacobs – Presenter

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Time: 2 to 4:00 pm EST

Sidney Phillips is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine where he twice won the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award for his teaching. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis where he served as chair of the education committee and continues to teach and supervise candidates, psychotherapist students , and other trainees. He has written several papers on war trauma, psychoanalytic theory, and narcissism and object relations, and psychoanalytic perspectives on the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. He is a two-time recipient of the Ralph Roughton Award of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Daniel Jacobs is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute where he is Director of the Hanns Sachs Library and Archives. Dr. Jacobs is also Director of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies at Princeton and Aspen. He is the author of published articles concerning supervision and the plays of Tennessee Williams, as well as a recent novel entitled The Distance From Home.

A Perspective on Building and Sustaining an Analytic Practice

Arnold Rothstein, M.D. – Presenter
Alistair McKnight, Psya., LMHC – Presenter

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 2:00 – 4:30 EST

Online via Zoom

The challenges of developing and maintaining an analytic practice in the current mental health environment can be daunting and demoralizing. In this seminar, Dr. Arnold Rothstein will present a model that he has developed. This “trusting model,” in contrast to the more traditional “evaluative model,” focuses on analytic attitude and countertransference. In this webinar, Dr. Rothstein will describe the trusting model and employ it as a frame of reference for discussing clinical material provided by Dr. Alistair McKnight.

Arnold Rothstein is a member of the faculty and former Director of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and an honorary member of the William Alanson White Institute. He is the author of The Narcissistic Pursuit of Perfection, The Structural Hypothesis: An Evolutionary Perspective, Psychoanalytic Technique and the Creation of Analytic Patients, and Making Freud More Freudian, as well as the editor of several books and the author of numerous scientific papers.

Alistair McKnight is a Psychoanalyst Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, where he is on the faculty of the Psychotherapy Training Program and the Explorations in Mind Program. Dr. McKnight graduated from psychoanalytic training in 2019. He is an Associate Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Developing and Sustaining a Fulfilling Analytic Practice

Lena Ehrlich, PsyD- Presenter
Lorrie Chopra, MS – Presenter

April 18, 2021 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time

Being an analyst is tough. In this webinar, Dr. Ehrlich will describe her experience of obstacles to building and sustaining an analytic identity and practice, and share what she has found helpful in addressing these obstacles. She will consider such topics as finding analytic patients, maintaining immersion, navigating frequency of sessions, and working teleanalytically. Her reflections will be followed by detailed case material presented by Lorrie Chopra, MS, a graduate analyst. Following the case presentation, there will be opportunity for small group discussion.

Lena Theodorou Ehrlich is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinical Supervisor at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. She has maintained a lively practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and supervision for 30 years. She has written on various topics, including resistances to beginning and deepening analysis, supervisory countertransferences, and teleanalysis. Most recently, she authored Psychoanalysis from the Inside Out: Developing and Sustaining an Analytic Identity and Practice. Available on Amazon.

Lorrie Chopra, MS is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalyst in private practice in Livonia, Michigan. She is the Administrative Director of the Mel Bornstein Clinic for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, a nonprofit clinic serving the greater metro Detroit area.

Race Matters in Psychoanalytic Education

Robin Rayford, M.A., L.L.P. – Presenter

January 9th, 2021, 2pm to 5pm, EST

An AAPE Zoom Webinar exploring conflicts for analytic trainees of color and resistance to change

Robin Rayford, M.A., L.L.P., adult and child psychoanalyst Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (MPI), will present clinical and personal material from her experiences as a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Her perspective as a woman of color gives us an opportunity to examine the tensions of analytic training for trainees of color, and suggest how to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in psychoanalytic institutes.

She will be joined in discussion by Dionne R. Powell, M.D., adult psychoanalyst, Training and Supervising Analyst Psychoanalytic Assn. of New York (PANY), and Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, Vice-President of AAPE.

When Play and Talk Seem Impossible: Psychoanalytic Treatment of Aggressive Children

Matthew Shaw, Ph.D. – Presenter
Jill Miller, Ph.D. – Discussant
Sydney Anderson, Ph.D. – Moderator

May 9th, 2020, 12:30pm, EST

Early environmental chaos often leads to seemingly uncontainable aggression. This seminar will focus on the challenges of moving from action to play and words in analytic work with children. Dr. Shaw will present detailed process material from the analysis of an explosive, erratic child whose early life was riddled with ruptures. Dr. Miller will facilitate a discussion of both this case and of the larger technical and conceptual issues involved. In particular, the discussion will address the interface between limit-setting, interpretation, and play in responding to aggressive action within the analytic context.

This webinar is provided free of charge by AAPE and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. CME will be available.

None of the planners or presenters of this program have any financial relationships to disclose.

Towards Transparency and Integrity in Analytic Training

Arden Rothstein, Ph.D. – Presenter

Analytic training requires a thoughtful and empathic method of assessment of candidate progression. Educators have strived to balance subjective impressions and objective data, and take note of traditions and group process. In this webinar, Dr. Arden Rothstein discusses how one institute, PANY-IPE, went through a thoughtful process to improve the transparency and integrity of their assessment of candidate progression. Dr. Rothstein describes a re-conceptualization of progression criteria to demystify the process for supervisors and candidates, and encourage a collaborative learning environment. Dr. Rothstein provides examples of specific difficulties they encountered and how they tried to resolve them. This webinar is 1:40 hours long and includes the presentation and questions from the audience.

References of interest (click to download)
Review and Comparison of Competency-Frameworks.pdf
Psychoanalytic Competency and Immersion Frameworks.pdf