January 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 ext 107

Building a Psychodynamic Private Practice: Practical and Clinical Considerations

4 Sessions: Tuesdays, Jan 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 2018

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure, only. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Using a small-group seminar format, this four-session course offers a forum in which participants can think through, from a psychodynamic perspective, some complex clinical challenges involved in building a successful private practice. We will focus on issues such as money, beginning and deepening treatment, diversity, and developing your professional support system and referral structure. The course instructors will provide hand-outs for information relating to more practical issues such as record-keeping and maintaining HIPPA compliance, and some class time will be dedicated to discussing these matters. This course is designed to allow an exploration of a few crucial components of building a successful private practice.  Faculty will include representatives from four disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, social work, and mental health counseling), providing multiple perspectives while also allowing for discipline-specific questions to be addressed.



Alistair McKnight, PsyaD, LMHC — Candidate Member, Graduate of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATP), and Faculty in the Explorations in Mind Program, BPSI. Private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Janet Witte, MD, MPH — Psychoanalyst Member, Candidate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training, and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI. Private practice in Cambridge, MA, seeing children, adolescents, families, and adults.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. List two or more practical and clinical implications of using different forms of communication in private practice.
  2. Discuss how the initial evaluation is vital in building a manageable caseload, both in gauging goodness of fit between the clinician and the patient, and through being realistic about the potential clinical effectiveness of what the clinician can offer to a particular patient.
  3. Describe two ways in which to consider and promote diversity in one’s practice and provide accessibility for under-served populations.
  4. Describe modes of building and maintaining supervisory and collegial support systems.



Bach, S. (2011). The how to book for students of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Karnac Books.

Freud, S. (1908). Cabaniss, D. (2011). Psychodynamic psychotherapy: a clinical manual, Wiley-Blackwell.

Zuckerman, E. & Kolmes, K. (2016). The paper office for the digital age forms, guidelines, and resources to make your practice work ethically, legally, and profitably, Guilford Press.


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Group Discussion.


Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 6 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.