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    CPMC Psychology Supervision, Didactic Instruction and Faculty

    Supervision  |  Didactic Instruction


    Intensive individual supervision is one of the strongest elements of the CPMC internship program. All clinical activities are carefully supervised with four hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision per week.

    Primary and Secondary Individual Supervision: Each intern meets with two CPMC on-site licensed psychologist supervisors for face-to-face individual supervision every week. As unlicensed clinicians, interns are expected to bring all cases under their care to supervision on a regular basis (caseload supervision).

    Adjunct Individual Supervision: In addition to meeting each week with their primary and secondary supervisors, interns meet weekly on an individual basis with a minimum of two additional adjunct supervisors for individual supervision. In their relationship with these supervisors, interns can spend more time talking about specific cases in greater depth. Process notes or audiotapes are used to assist in the learning process.

    Group Supervision: Each intern has at least two hours of group supervision provided on site on a weekly basis. Additional hours of group supervision may be provided on a specific training track.


    • Paul Alexander, Ph.D.

    • Linda Bartlett, Ph.D.

    • Walt Beckman, Ph.D.

    • Myra Bernecker, Ph.D.

    • Jeremy Bornstein, Ph.D.

    • Meryl Botkin, Ph.D.

    • Susan Boxer, Ph.D.

    • Whitney Clark, Psy.D.

    • Brianna Coffino, Ph.D.

    • Vivian Dent, Ph.D.

    • Nancy Drooker, Ph.D.

    • Diane Donnelly, Ph.D.

    • Kathleen Fahrner, Ph.D.
    • Deborah Fletcher, Ph.D.

    • Juli Fraga, Ph.D.

    • Julie Friend, LCSW.

    • Suzanne Giraudo, Ed.D.

    • Jack Giuliani, Ph.D.

    • Michael Genhart, Ph.D.

    • Joe Gumina, Ph.D.

    • Maureen Kurpinsky, Ph.D.

    • Alan Kubler, Ph.D.

    • Lisa Lavaysse, Ph.D.

    • Karen Lovdahl, Ph.D.

    • Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.

    • Michael Pastor, Ph.D.

    • Sue Saperstein, Psy.D.

    • Milton Schaefer, Ph.D.

    • Celeste Schneider, Ph.D.

    • Peter Straus, Psy.D.

    • Victor Torres-Collazo, M.D.

    • Sharon Tyson, Ph.D.

    • Susan Woolley, Ph.D.

    • Alexander Zinchenko, Ph.D.

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    Didactic Instruction

    Along with comprehensive supervision, didactic instruction is considered to be one of the strongest features of the CPMC Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology. While training requirements differ somewhat across tracks, all interns spend approximately 8-10 hours per week in didactic training sessions.

    Core Curriculum

    Multicultural Issues
    This course examines contemporary literature on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in psychotherapy treatment. Relevant information on multicultural issues will be reviewed in order to equip clinicians to work with an optimally diverse range of clinical issues related to multicultural identity.

    Substance Abuse
    This seminar takes an integrative approach to conceptualizing, assessing, and interviewing patients with substance use problems. Topics covered include distinguishing between levels of use, the interplay of multiple theoretical positions, considerations of collateral treatments, and modes of intervention.

    This course examines best-practice models of supervision and the supervisory relationship and assists interns in the development of skills of being a supervisor. Close attention is given to how to engage dynamics that create challenges in fostering a healthy supervision dynamic.

    Case Conference
    This yearlong case conference lead by a senior psychoanalyst provides each clinician with an opportunity for detailed discussion and consultation regarding a treatment in progress. Presenters rotate in four-week increments to allow time for a thorough consideration of the patient’s psychological functioning and careful analysis of treatment dynamics through the use of prepared process notes.

    Professional Development Group Supervision
    This weekly meeting with the Psychology Internship Director of Training addresses issues of professional development including conduct in the hospital, clinic issues, goals following internship (psychological assistantships, developing a private practice, job opportunities, etc.).

    Psychopharmacology and Clinical Emergencies
    This seminar focuses on psychotropic medications including neuroleptics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and benzodiazepines. Special attention is given to biological mechanisms of action, anticipated benefits, drug interactions, and side effects.

    Grand Rounds
    This weekly presentation provides physicians, residents, and interns with a presentation from a visiting practitioner or scholar presenting current research on evidence-based practice in psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments for psychiatric disorders.

    Evaluation Conference Group Supervision
    This conference provides each psychology intern and psychiatry resident with multiple opportunities to complete a formal case presentation of a psychotherapy patient including full history of presenting illness; psychiatric, social and medical history; and biopsychosocial formulation.

    This course covers topics in the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association and the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. This course emphasizes an understanding of patient confidentiality and privilege and all mandated reporting situations.

    This seminar will focus on the brief assessment and screening of new patients for treatment planning, monitoring and outcome assessment. The importance and ongoing role of assessment throughout the clinical process from the initial intake to termination are reviewed.

    Clinical Diagnosis: DSM-5
    This course will examine the changes in the most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). It highlights some of the relevant modifications, focusing on diagnoses most commonly in our work in the OPD. It examines how culture impacts the presentation of symptoms, as well as looks at various critiques of diagnostic systems, and criticisms of the recent changes in the fifth edition.

    This course will focus on patient-centered consultation and the value of a practice model that includes consultation to new patients who may be suitable for psychological intervention.

    Seminal Thinkers Series
    This course surveys various major theorists including Freud, Winnicott, and Bion. A close reading of seminal papers is done in order to introduce clinicians to their models of the mind and how it can be applied clinically.

    Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique
    This course provides an orientation to basic terms and concepts in contemporary psychoanalytic practice, with a focus on how these ideas have evolved into their current usage. This course emphasizes in mechanisms of therapeutic action and technique and culminates in clinical case presentations and discussions with senior analysts.

    Adult Outpatient

    Women’s Mental Health
    This seminar focuses on a variety of topics related to women’s mental health during the prenatal period including psychopharmacology and psychodynamic understandings related to pregnancy and motherhood.

    Couples Therapy
    This course focuses in the theoretical principles of psychoanalytic couples therapy using an object relations model on the work of Klein, Bion, Britton, Kernberg, and research from the Tavistock Center for Couple Relations. The psychoanalytic frame, transference, countertransference, projective identification, the shared unconscious, and interpretation to the couple are discussed.

    Topics in Psychology
    This yearlong course surveys various psychoanalytic theoretical models of practice of the clinical situation with emphasis on technical decisions, challenges, and impasses that arise during treatment. Topics include the structure and role of the unconscious in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, creating “analytic space”, transference and countertransference etc.

    Adult Inpatient

    Inpatient Case Conference
    This yearlong case conference consists of a discussion of a recent case from the inpatient unit as well as a discussion of relevant topics from the field of psychiatry. Group members review history of present illness as well as psychological, medical, and social history in order to discuss differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial formulations.

    Group Therapy Case Conference
    This weekly conference provides clinicians who are leading psychotherapy groups on the inpatient unit with supervision and feedback through the use of video recordings of therapy sessions. Through close reading of the group process, clinicians develop capacity to offer interpretations and maintain a therapeutic frame that creates conditions of safety in which group members can tolerate emotional contact with one another.

    Child Outpatient

    Topics in Child Psychotherapy
    This course includes didactic training and discussion of case vignettes and takes an integrative approach to the clinical evaluation of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Biopsychosocial and developmental models are applied to inform effective psychiatric assessment and treatment planning.

    Community-based Child Psychotherapy
    This seminar focuses on the study and application of psychological and psychoanalytic theory and treatment in non-traditional, non-clinical settings such as a school. This course emphasizes a greater understanding of the psychological effects of poverty and oppression through direct involvement with these populations in their schools and communities.

    Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Case Conference
    This case conference is an intensive psychodynamic seminar that emphasizes principles of individual play therapy, effective collateral work with parents and teachers, and case management.

    Theory and Technique in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
    This course focuses on the theory and technique of working with children and adolescents. This course incorporates a developmental perspective, attachment, object relations theories, parent education, and behavioral interventions in clinical work with children and adolescents.

    Didactic Instructors

    • Victor Bonfilio, Ph.D.

    • Adam Blum, Psy.D.

    • Jeremy Bornstein, Ph.D.

    • Victor Torres- Collazo, M.D.

    • Audrey Dunn, L.C.S.W.

    • Genie Dvorak, Psy.D.

    • Kathleen Fahrner, Ph.D.

    • Julia Fraga, Ph.D.

    • Qin Fan, Psy.D.

    • Adam Goldyne, M.D.

    • Joe Gumina, Ph.D.

    • Maureen Katz, M.D.

    • Josh Krieger, Psy.D.

    • Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

    • Lisa Lavaysee, Psy.D.

    • Hanna Levenson, Ph.D.

    • Scott Lingen, Psy.D.

    • Maria Longuemare, M.D.

    • Karen Lovdahl, Ph.D.

    • Catherine Mallouh, M.D.

    • Paula Mandel, Ph.D.

    • Ryan McKim, Ph.D.

    • Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.

    • Shelley Nathans, Ph.D.

    • Alan Newman, M.D.

    • Lee Rather, Ph.D.

    • Sue Saperstein, Psy.D.

    • Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.

    • Neil Talkoff, Ph.D.

    • Sydney Tan, Psy.D

    • Sharon Tyson, Ph.D.

    • Marc Wallis, LCSW.

    • Jade Zapata, M.D.

    • Janos Zahajszky, M.D.
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