Sat, Feb 24, 2018 to Sat, Mar 3, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This course meets two Saturdays

Ann Martin Center

1375 55th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Joan Sarnat, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$150 Full Members
$132 CMH Members
$120 Associate Members
$90 Student Members
$90 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
February 10, 2018
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Course Overview: 

The centerpiece of this two-meeting course will be the viewing and analysis of a video of a supervision session conducted by Dr. Sarnat and videotaped at the American Psychological Association’s film studio. (Relational Psychodynamic Supervision, APA, 2016).

In the first meeting, we will view the video, tracking the supervisor's struggles as she tries to “teach” the supervisee, but with limited supervisee learning taking place. As the supervisor becomes aware of her anxiety and resistance, the supervisory relationship shifts and, in subsequent treatment hours, the therapeutic relationship shifts as well.

In the second meeting, we will discuss selected chapters from Dr. Sarnat’s most recent book, Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA, 2016). Topics include relational vs. non-relational psychodynamic supervisory approaches, evidence for the effectiveness of a relational model of psychodynamic supervision, adapting to the developmental level and learning needs of supervisees, opening up conversations about difference, and supervising ethically. Participant questions and vignettes will be welcomed throughout.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe three ways that a relational approach to psychodynamic supervision differs from patient-focused and supervisee-focused dynamic approaches.
  • Identify instances of deepening supervisee participation in a supervisory session, in order to utilize interventions that maximize the learning of that supervisee.
  • Cite three examples of evidence for the effectiveness of a relational supervisory approach.
  • Apply principles from relational psychodynamic supervision to create a supervisory environment that facilitates conversations about socio-cultural difference.
  • Describe how the view of authority relations in relational psychodynamic supervision creates a supervisory environment that supports ethical practice.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Sarnat, J. (2012). Supervising Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Present Knowledge, Pressing Needs, Future Possibilities. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy: 42, (3) 151-160.

  2. Sarnat, J. (2015). Supervision Essentials for the Psychodynamic Psychotherapies. Wash., DC: American Psychological Association.


Joan Sarnat, Ph.D., ABPP, is a personal and supervising analyst and member of the faculty at PINC. She co-authored, with Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, The Supervisory Relationship (Guilford Press, 2001) and authored Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA, 2016). Dr. Sarnat is in clinical and supervisory practice in Berkeley.

Target Audience & Level: 

This class is intended for all mental health clinicians who have supervised other clinicians or expect to do so in the near future. It is intended for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work and supervision who have some background in the the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Stephanie Chen at or 415-580-1779.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D., Chair
Clara Brandt, MA
June Lin
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Jonathan Willett, MA
Anna Zozulinsky, Ph.D.