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Interpersonal Psychoanalysis 303 Fall 2024

12 Week Class - September 4, 2024-November 20, 2024, Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm

Hybrid - Montclair Location


System Requirements: To attend this training, one must have access to a computer, internet and Zoom. It is vital that a computer be utilized for this training, instead of a mobile device or Ipad.

Course Description

Interpersonal psychoanalysis represents a radical turn in psychoanalysis. With Sullivan’s discoveries of the centrality of interpersonal anxiety and need for security in human development, came breakthroughs in both theory and technique. Interpersonal thought refocused the understanding of motivation and mechanisms of the unconscious: from drive to relationship and from repression to omission. This course will offer candidates a basic grounding in the theory and practice of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, while also exploring how the early Interpersonalist’s embrace of Humanism connects to today’s challenges around race, sexuality and class in the consulting room. Theoretical and clinical readings are drawn from the Interpersonal School’s founders as well as contemporary thinkers.


Kevin Fried, PhD

 Kevin Fried, Ph.D. will be one of the instructors teaching the course on Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. Kevin has a full time psychotherapy practice in Montclair, NJ. where he sees children, teens, adults and families. He also supervises, teaches and consults at a number of agencies and institutions. He is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis . Kevin’s teaching and clinical interests are focused around clinical theory and developmental issues throughout the lifespan. He is particularly interested in developmental theory and how it informs our understanding of the nature of change in psychotherapy. He has edited a training manual for clinicians who treat children in the foster care system who struggle with trauma, loss and developmental delays.


Elise Aronov, LCSW

Elise has a full time private practice in Montclair, NJ and NYC where she sees adolescents, adults and couples, and offers clinical supervision. She is a 2001 graduate of the Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis from the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), where she had in depth training in the early theory and practice of the Interpersonal School and its evolution towards current Interpersonal/Relational Theory. Her post training clinical interests have focused on work with couples, eating disorders, and the impact of trauma on development and interpersonal functioning. Elise is excited to use this class to explore the origins of Interpersonal theory and practice, and its linkages to the early understanding of sociocultural trauma and its impact on human development, human suffering and clinical work.



1. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to identify the development, complexities, and unifying themes within the basic ideas about mental life that continue to underlie current understanding of the human mind and its disorders. This will be accomplished through class discussion and case examples.

2. Students will articulate and define the concepts of innate drive pressures, primary and secondary process, in dreams and in waking life; narcissism and object relations; psychosexual development, metapsychological and structural theory; emotional conflict, defense mechanisms, ego and superego development, autonomous ego activity and its implications; and the goals and methods of psychoanalytic investigation and therapy. This will be accomplished through class participation, readings and case examples.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply theoretical concepts discussed in class to their clinical work. This will be accomplished by case presentations and a writing assignment.

4. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to develop technically proficient clinical interventions with their clients based on the class readings, class discussions and case examples.

Target Audience:  Suitable for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Graduate Students, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Level of Sophistication: This is an intermediate level post-graduate continuing education program. (Some relevant background is required.)  

ADA accommodations available upon request: Requests required at least 14 days prior to course start.

Continuing Education: 

18 CEs for Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers

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. 


For NY Psychologists: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0165. 

For NJ Social Workers: Interpersonal Psychoanalysis 303, Course #5381, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 12/06/2023 - 12/06/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 18 clinical continuing education credits.

NY Social Workers: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0757.

Course Fee: $400

Course Refund Policy: Up to one month before a course starts there will be a full course refund less a $50 administrative fee. Less than one month before a course starts there will be a $50 administrative fee and the payment will be applied to a future course. Once a class starts, there will be no refunds. Extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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

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