September 2018 – May 2019

What is the Unconscious? What does it mean to work more deeply with your patients? Learn about these ideas and more in the exciting new Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program offered by the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute.

The program combines coursework on the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, continuous case conferences, supervision, mentorship and personal therapy or psychoanalysis. The structure is designed to help clinicians deepen their understanding and enhance their skills in conducting psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The number of participants in the program will be limited in order to enhance seminar participation. We will meet at the Austen Riggs Center on Thursday evenings from September 6, 2018 through May 2, 2019.

Applications are currently being accepted and processed until the class is full on a rolling admissions basis. Final deadline is August 1.

For more information, see our Brochure



Book signing, reception and a reading from the letters between Mabel Dodge Luhan and A. A. Brill

Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Water Street Books 26 Water Street, Williamstown, MA
Paul Lippmann will read as Brill, Gintare Sileika Everett as the narrator, and Patricia Everett as Mabel

Saturday, November 19, 2016 3 p.m.
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA
Paul Lippmann will read as Brill, Joanne Yurman as the narrator, and Patricia Everett as Mabel


The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

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The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Program Co-Directors: Martha Stark, MD, and Andrea Celenza, PhD

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies @ WJC is an exciting new program specifically designed to enable licensed mental health professionals and other qualified individuals to pursue an innovative and rigorous course of study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a distinguished national and international faculty. The focus will be on interweaving the most current theoretical advances in psychoanalytic thought with best practices in the clinical domain.

Two Core Courses — using the latest models of pedagogy — will be featured this academic year.  Each Core Course, taught by a core faculty member, will be offered as a month-long online series of four one-hour video recorded lectures with corresponding readings available to students 24/7; in addition, each course will be accompanied by ongoing online “threaded discussions” facilitated by the Instructor and a final one-hour “live” webinar.

Interspersed between the Core Courses, will be eight Luminary Lectures – an exciting array of (individual) one-hour video recorded online lectures (with suggested readings) presented by several of our Distinguished Faculty. Our state-of-the-art training model will allow students from anywhere in the world and from the comfort of their own homes/offices to participate in these enriching and stimulating Continuing Education activities taught by our Distinguished Psychoanalytic Faculty.

Distinguished Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Salman Akhtar, MD, Lew Aron, PhD, Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Jessica Benjamin, PhD, Patrick Casement, MA, Andrea Celenza, PhD, Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Jay R. Greenberg, PhD, Adrienne Harris, PhD, Edgar A. Levenson, MD, Joseph Lichtenberg, MD, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD, Nancy McWilliams, PhD, Allan N. Schore, PhD, Evelyne A. Schwaber, MD, Martha Stark, MD, Donnel Stern, PhD, Drew Westen, PhD

Please visit to learn more details about these unique opportunities.

NPAP North Announcement

NPAP North announcement

The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis is a membership organization and training institute.  NPAP currently offers a portion of its training in the Albany, Columbia, Berkshire, and Putnam County regions.

NPAP’s psychoanalytic training program is rigorous and comprehensive and provides a plurality of theoretical viewpoints. The curriculum includes a thorough grounding in the psychoanalytic literature including Freud’s drive theory, the British and American object relations schools, self psychology, ego psychology, relational and inter-subjective perspectives and attachment theory. We also offer opportunities to pursue psychoanalytic research.

NPAP is a New York State approved psychoanalytic training institute. Completion of our license-qualifying program will prepare candidates for eligibility to apply for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis. NPAP is also a New York State approved site where LMSWs may accrue the hours needed to qualify for the License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW).

In addition, NPAP offers a certificate program in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  The program is designed to meet the needs of licensed professionals interested in deepening their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  The program qualifies for CEUs.

If you are interested in further information please contact Montana Katz, Ph.D., LP at 917-364-4906 or

Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute


The Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis is Pleased to Announce

 The Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West

 A course on psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Offered in the Pioneer Valley in 2015-2016

We are currently accepting applications for an exciting program being offered again in 2015-2016: The Postgraduate Fellowship Program-West (PGFP-West) sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP).  This theoretical and clinical seminar will explore multiple psychoanalytic paradigms – from Freud to the twenty-first century.  Using a contemporary, comparative approach, the course is comprised of four units: Freud and Classical Theory, Object Relations, Self Psychology, and Relational Theory.  This program is designed for mental health providers and scholars interested in deepening their understanding of psychoanalytic psychology.  It aims to enrich participants’ understanding of human nature and to promote a more vital and effective clinical practice.  Each seminar meeting will include both didactic and clinical components, with lecture, group discussion, and presentation of clinical material.  The number of participants in the program will be limited in order to enhance seminar participation.  The seminars will meet at Amherst College on Tuesday evenings from November 2015 through May 2016.

Faculty: Benjamin Addleson, Ph.D., Edmund P. DeLaCour, Ph.D., ABPP, Laurie Herzog, Ph.D., LICSW, Joan Lesser, Ph.D., LICSW, David Levit, Ph.D., ABPP, Stacey Novack, Psy.D, Joel Rosen, M.D., and Ira Sharkey, IAAP, LMHC.

Applications are currently being accepted – rolling admissions – deadline of August 15. 

If you want more information or are interested in applying, please contact David Levit at   You can also see a description of our program on the MIP Website: (click on “Training at MIP” and then select Postgraduate Fellowship Program in the Pioneer Valley).  MIP is approved to offer continuing education for psychologists, social workers, and physicians.

Are you my Mother?: A Psychoanalytic Search for the Maternal

How do we, as adults, hold in mind the images we have of our mothers: real, desired, and imagined?  In her award-winning graphic memoir, Are You My Mother, Alison Bechdel interweaves her psychoanalysis, her interest in the work of the British analyst, D.W. Winnicott, and her past and present relationship with her mother to create a comic drama.  Using Bechdel’s work as an illustrative focus, this panel will discuss psychoanalytic and psychodynamic perspectives on the search for the maternal in treatment and in everyday life.  Panelists will use Bechdel’s work to show how the maternal transference can surface and be used in therapy, to suggest how Winnicott’s work can be integrated in dyadic parent-child therapy, and to explore how individuals develop representations of their mothers, fathers, and mothers in relationship to fathers.

As case material will be presented, this panel is intended for clinicians only.  Familiarity with Bechdel’s book is not necessary.

Discussion chaired by Elizabeth Weinberg, M.D.

Panelists – Claudia M. Gold, M.D., James M. Herzog, M.D. and Lyn Yonack, MSW

The Austen Riggs Center
Large Conference Room
25 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9:30 AM EDT -to- 12:00 PM

On-site Registration opens at 9:00 AM
Registration must be completed online

Register here

Listening for the Danger: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Panic Disorders and Panic States

An evening of discussion with an expert in the field of anxiety and depression. Dr. Marie Rudden will present on an innovative treatment approach to panic disorder in her talk —”Listening for the Danger: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Panic Disorder and Panic States.”

Marie Rudden, M.D., is a training and supervising analyst at Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine. She was part of a group that researched and developed this treatment, and has received multiple awards for her research in this area.

This event is presented in the spirit of promoting a vigorous intellectual community of mental health professionals in the Valley, as well as providing greater connection to the evolving world of ideas in psychotherapy. There will be ample time for attendees to participate in the discussion during the Q and A, and an informal reception with refreshments will follow.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th, 6:45-8:45pm

WHERE: Smith College Conference Center (downstairs room) – parking for this event is permitted in lots that say “permit parking only”

RESERVATIONS: $10, via Eventbrite at

CEUs: 1.5 CEUs are available for social workers and psychologists for an extra $30.

Seating is limited, so reservations will be first-come first-serve.

The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy

In this workshop, Allan Schore, Ph.D., will discuss his recently published book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Registration: 8:30 am
Workshop: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Hospitality Center
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH

For additional information call: 603-714-1737

The Berkshire Community Diaper Project

The Berkshire Community Diaper Project, in collaboration with The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center and Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, is collecting diaper donations (and monetary donations for diapers) for families in need in our community.

For more information click here: BCDP Flyer

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory Reading Group

This reading group, led by Montana Katz, Ph.D., LP., will meet in West Stockbridge to discuss central and emerging themes, concepts and techniques of contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory. Readings will be selected from the growing body of publications on the subject. The three principal models of Psychoanalytic Field Theory, one from the work of Baranger & Baranger, another from the work of Ferro & Civitarese, and the Field Theory that emerges from the Relational, Intersubjective and Interpersonal schools, will all be discussed and compared.