Advanced Theory for Practitioners

Therapists unequivocally acknowledge the importance of a deep and well integrated understanding of theory as applied to the therapeutic process. However, the opportunities for acquiring a deeper knowledge of foundational theories are limited, and many therapists focus exclusively on gaining “clinical tools” as opposed to a comprehensive theoretical base knowledge. While useful and important, these skills can have a superficial quality to them without a more fundamental understanding of their meaning within a broader theoretical context.

This program aims to provide therapists with a more comprehensive, practice focused understanding of foundational psychodynamic and family systems theories as a means of enriching their clinical skills with firmly based theoretical knowledge. Participants will emerge with a newfound ability to conceptualize their cases so as to enable a more profound therapeutic experience with their clients.

The program consists of two stages. The initial stage will consist of six meetings, in which six different psychodynamic and family systems approaches will be covered didactically. Case material will be used to highlight the theoretical approaches and provide examples of their clinical applications. Participants are invited to use their case material as a means of deepening their understanding of the material.

The second stage of the training will begin with participants choosing one psychodynamic theory and one Family System theory as a means of conceptualizing one of their own cases for presentation to the group. Participants will be given extensive reading material to facilitate their presentation and will have access to individual meetings with the instructors as they prepare their case for presentation. Through these case presentations, participants will have an opportunity to integrate the didactic material into practice and to gain mastery over the theoretical concepts.

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About the Presenter(s)

Zev Ganz, Ph.D. (c), earned a master's degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and is currently a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work. He completed postgraduate training in Individual and Family therapy at The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim with a focus on working with young children and their families as well as the treatment of child sexual abuse. He is a certified practitioner of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), having completed intensive training with Alicia Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn. Zev is currently a clinical supervisor and instructor and The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim, a therapist at Machon Shiluv, and maintains a private practice in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.

David Levinstein, M.S.W., earned an M.S.W. degree from Bar Ilan University, studied family therapy at the Barkai Institute in Tel Aviv, and completed an advanced training program at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He was a therapist, supervisor, member of the teaching staff, and clinical coordinator at the Shiluv Family Therapy Institute in Jerusalem for more than 30 years. He is currently a Clinical Supervisor at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim and maintains a private practice in individual and couples therapy in Jerusalem.

Course Details

Dates for Part 1 October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and 27
Times for Part 1 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Dates for Part 2 January 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Times for Part 2 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Presenters David Levinstein, M.S.W. and Zev Ganz, M.S.W.
Price 1,750 nis for Part 1 and 2
Early Bird Discount Sign up by August 10th, 2017 1,600 nis for Part 1 and 2
Prerequisites Master's degree or equivalent and interview
Testimonials The Strengthening Foundations course was a great experience. There was a positive atmosphere and encouragement in the room that the two presenters created/enabled. In addition, the ability to focus in on a theory and prepare and present a case from that unique perspective enhanced my work and brought it to another level. -Dovid
Testimonials Empowering! After having some clinical experience I really appreciated the grounding and direction that theory can provide. Overall, a great experience! -Tzvi