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Announcing April 2012

School of Psychoanalysis

Initiates the

Certificate Program in
Modern Psychoanalytic Group Therapy

This program provides training in group psychotherapy based on modern psychoanalytic techniques and principles. It is designed to improve clinical practice in mental health, education, business or religious organizations.

A Certificate in Modern Psychoanalytic Group Therapy is awarded for completion of this program. In addition, the program allows students to meet the requirements for national certification by the American Group Psychotherapy Association as a Certified Group Practitioner.

The program is appropriate for the diversity of students who have always been welcomed at PSP, including people from the mental health professions and those with backgrounds in education, the arts, business, organization development, and other fields.


The program starts with the Foundations of Group Psychotherapy course which considers the development of basic group functions, dynamics, and processes. This is a 15-credit course and can be used as an elective in other PSP certificate programs.

Students interested in the program can take these steps:

  1. Notify Janet Castellini that you are interested.
    Email: Subject: PSP Group Program
  2. The course will be held during the week. It is a 15 credit course.
    In the email, include first, second, and third preferences for:
    Time of day
    Day of the week
    Length of class (1 hr, 1.25 hrs, 1.5 hrs)
  3. Be sure to include your contact information.

SPRING 2009 Semester Schedule

The SPRING 2009semester class schedule is confirmed. Please visit our Registration Page for a listing of SPRING 2009 course offerings.

  • First Day of Class: January 17, 2009
  • Class Two: January 24, 2009
  • Class Three: January 31, 2009
  • Class Four: February 7, 2009
  • Class Five: February 14, 2009
  • Class Six: February 21, 2009
  • Class Seven: February 28, 2009
  • Class Eight: March 7, 2009
  • Class Nine: March 14, 2009

  • Class Ten: March 21, 2009
  • Class Eleven: March 28, 2009
  • Class Twelve: April 4, 2009
PSP offers an Early Bird Registration Discount for post mail and on-line course registrations! Register for courses by Friday, January 9, 2009 to receive your discounts!

New York Times, April 22, Page A25

SPOTNITZ—Hyman, Dr., died of natural causes in Manhattan on Friday, April 18, 2008, at age 99. A research psychia¬trist, neurologist and the founder of Modern Psychoanalysis, he grew up in Boston. He received a B.A. from Har¬vard, an M.D. from Friedrich Wilhelms University (Berlin), and a D. Med. Sci. from Columbia P & S. He was certified in Psychiatry and Neurology in 1941. He was married to Miriam Berkman, his child¬hood sweetheart, until her death in 1977. They had three sons. Dr. Spotnitz believed that psychoanalysis could cure narcissistic disorders that Freud deemed untreatable. Dr. Spotnitz believed schizophrenia was reversible. He sought a cure in private practice and in collaborative research and supervision at the Jewish Board of Guardians. In Modern Psychoanalysis of the Schizophrenic Patient (1969), he described a theory and technique for treatment. His career included research at the N.Y. State Neurological Institute and the N.Y. State Psychiatric Institute. He was Adjunct Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai and the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He was honorary President of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and the Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. His books include Psychotherapy of Preoedipal Conditions, and, with Phyllis Meadow, Ph.D, Treatment of the Narcissistic Neuroses, The Couch and the Circle (1961), and other books aimed at a general audience. He published over 100 articles and was a distinguished supervisor, training analyst, lecturer and group psychoanalyst. He re¬ceived the Sigmund Freud Award from the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians (1988) and was honored by the American Psy¬chiatric Association for 50 years of service (1991). His last videotaped interview was released in 1999. He lived with his wife, Dorothy Harten Spotnitz until her death in 2007. He is survived by his loving family, Drs. Henry, Alan, and William Spotnitz, Dr. Elizabeth Goldberg, Drs. Sharon Spotnitz, Arlene Bonapace, and Denise Schain, and Mr. Richard Goldberg. He is also survived by his lov¬ing grandchildren, Margo, Jennifer, Michelle, Matthew, Russell, Joanna and Alexander. A memorial service is being planned. Contributions may be made to the American Neurological Assoc, Columbia U. or Harvard U.

The staff and students of the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Dr. Hyman Spotnitz. He will be greatly missed.


On October 25, 2008, The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, will sponsor a panel discussion remembering and celebrating Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, the man behind the teachings. Please check our News and Announcements page for more information on this upcoming presentation.


CONGRATULATIONS DOCTOR SANDONE-BARR….PSP is proud to announce that Ms. Sandone-Barr, Director of Clinical Programs and Practices at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis and the Philadelphia Consultation Center, has completed her dissertation and received her Ph.D. on April 20, 2008. Congratulations to you Angela on all of your hard work!

PSP would also like to congratulate Dr. Angela Sandone-Barr for her second-place Honorable Mention award in the Second Annual Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing. She and the other winners were honored at an awards ceremony, sponsored by the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, on November 9, 2007, at CMPS, in New York. Besides receiving an award of $500.00, her paper, “Caroline and Gold: A Modern Psychoanalytic Study of a Fragmented Ego”, will be published in the journal, Modern Psychoanalysis, soon to be available on PEP, the online library of psychoanalysis. 

Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research honored their first Alumnae/I Achievement Award winners on May 30, 2008 in the Thomas Cloisters. PSP Senior Candidate, Khary Atif, will be recognized by the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research as an emerging leader in the field of social work.  We congratulate you Khary!

Practice Matters

It is not too late to submit your contributions to the PSP “Practice Matters: Journal of Modern Psychoanalytic Treatment Technique.”
PSP Senior Candidate, Raymond Gourley is in the process of editing the next edition of the journal. Please submit your contributions for the journal to PSP, 313 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Attn: Raymond Gourley.

Interns and PSP Practicum Students - Welcome!

The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis and The Philadelphia Consultation Center would like to welcome our new incoming interns and practicum students!  We have six new interns who began their field placements this fall at PSP/PCC.  We have invited one Master’s in Social Work student from Bryn Mawr College, one Master’s in Social Work student from Smith College, and one Master’s in Social Work student from Widener University, as well as three Psy.D. students from Chestnut Hill College. In addition, four PSP students began their practicum at the Consultation Center this summer.

PSP School Store

What will you find in the PSP School Store?

PSP Windproof Golf Umbrellas (Blue and White) – $20.00

PSP Expandable Saddlebags (Green/Tan or Black) – $25.00

On the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement – Sigmund Freud - $1.20 (8 copies remain)

Unfree Associations – Douglas Kirsner - $80.00 (5 copies remain)

The Question of Lay Analysis – Sigmund Freud - $1.00 (7 copies remain)

Freud – From Youthful Dream to Mid-Life Crisis  – Peter Newton - $4.00 (1 copy remains)

Normality and Pathology in Childhood – Anna Freud - $75.00 (6 copies remain)

The Discovery of the Unconscious – Henry Ellenberger - $40.00 (8 copies remain)

If interested in any PSP School Store item, contact Marnie Whelan, PSP Administrator, at

PSP T-SHIRTS - Available

We are pleased to announce that PSP t-shirts are now available. This high-quality, 100% cotton t-shirt features an eye-catching color design of Freud with the slogan "Join the Resistance - Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis". Our thanks to PSP student, Fred Hayes, who designed the t-shirt. T-shirts are $15 and are available in sizes M - L - XL - XXL (men’s' sizes). Proceeds from the sale of PSP t-shirts will benefit renovations to the therapist lounge. Grab your “Join the Resistance” tee shirts NOW!! Order here with a credit card through the secure PayPal system. T-shirt(s) will be shipped to you within 5 business days.

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