The Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center

Programs, Seminars & Lectures

September, 2019 -- January, 2020

  • Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center, an affiliate chapter of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC

  • 8 sessions, 20 CE hours
    September, 2019 - January, 2020

  • Wednesday - Wyndmoor: The Wednesday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and will meet in the office of Pat Duffy, LCSW, 8200 Flourtown Ave., Suite 1-A, Wyndmoor, PA, 19038, from 9:15 – 11:45 on Wednesday mornings.

  • Friday - Philadelphia: The Friday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Karen Fraley, LCSW, and will meet in the Dixon Library of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118, from 9:15 – 11:45 on the following Friday mornings:
    September 6 & 20
    October 11 & 25
    November 15
    December 6 & 20
    January 3

  • Saturday - Doylestown: The Saturday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Robin Lynk, Ph.D., and will meet in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Philadelphia, PA, 18901, from 9:00 – 11:30 on the following Saturday mornings:
    September 7 & 21
    October 12 & 26
    November 16
    December 17 & 21
  • January 4

In this seminar we will consider how the internal object world of each individual emerges as the result of the internalization – and the imaginative, the creative, and the defensive elaboration – of early experiences with primary figures, and how that internal psychic world is projected and deployed into the external world, including the "world" of the clinical encounter with the therapist. We will emphasize the importance of mourning in the recognition, the suffering, the acceptance, and the restructuring of one's internal world.


    1) Participants will describe, discuss and elaborate how the internal world is constructed by each individual out of early experiences with primary figures and by the psychic elaboration of those experiences.

    2) Participants will describe, discuss and elaborate the synergistic interplay between projective and introjective identification in the formation of one's internal world.

    3) Participants will describe, discuss and elaborate how the infant's capacity or incapacity to bear frustration will significantly affect the character of his or her internal world and his or her capacity to learn from experience.

    4) Participants will describe, discuss and elaborate the function of mourning in the re-structuring of one's internal world.

    5) Through the presentation and discussion of shared case material, participants will further elaborate the concepts being studied.


    1) Melanie Klein, Our Adult World and its Roots in Infancy

    2) Margot Waddell, Models of Learning

    3) Sigmund Freud, Mourning and Melancholia Thomas Ogden, A new reading of the origin of object relations theory

    4) Melanie Klein, Mourning and its relation to manic-depressive states

    5) Hanna Segal, Disillusionment: the story of Adam and Eve and that of Lucifer Acting on phantasy and acting on desire

    6) Betty Joseph, The patient who is difficult to reach Toward the experiencing of psychic pain Addiction to near-death

    7) John Steiner, The recovery of parts of the self lost through projective identification Revenge, resentment, remorse, and reparation The relationship to reality in psychic retreats

    8) Eliot Jaques, Death and the mid-life crisis Gregorio Kohon, Dreams, acting out, and symbolic impoverishment


    Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, PA., providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individuals and couples.  She holds a certification in Object Relations Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute in Washington, DC. Karen is an active faculty member of IPI and is fellow member of PSCSW.

    Paul Koehler, LCSW, NCPsyT, is a Fellow of PSCSW.  He is a graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and of the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Object Relations Training Program.  He is currently a faculty member of IPI.  Paul has a private practice in Doylestown, PA.

    Robin Lynk, Ph.D., received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has taught at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  Robin is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.

For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, this program is approved for professional workshop sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association, listed in Section 47.36 of the PA State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for professional workshop for marriage and family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

For New Jersey Social Workers: this program is approved for 20 credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences where the criteria for membership is an academic degree is a valid source of continuing education credit (NJAC 13:44G-6.4(c)).

For psychologists: The International Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credit for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for this program.

For further information and/or to enroll please contact us:

Paul Koehler:; (215) 345-8730
Karen Fraley:; (610) 827-1641
Robin Lynk:; (215) 262-7400

The Wizard of Oz Teaches Object Relations Theory

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  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This program is a 2 session seminar using the film of The Wizard of Oz to present the essential elements of an object relations understanding of the psyche. Contents include a detailed discussion of psychic structure, from a Kleinian perspective, as well as the problems of innocence, guilt, Oedipal conflict and trauma. The group will utilize clinical case material to exemplify the application of object relations theory.


  • Date: TBA
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  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This is a 3 seminar program involving the reading of Sophocles' drama: Oedipus Rex. The goal is to understand the relational context that gives rise to the conflicts between the generations and the sexes. We will explore the "back-story" of the myth, and the role of parental aggression and its link to the impulses and fantasies of the child.

The Oedipus complex occupies a central place in psychoanalytic thought and we'll contemplate the complexities of the story, and point to the issues that arise in the clinical encounter. Clinical case material will be utilized from the members to demonstrate therapeutic implications.

Suffering, Sacrifice and Psychotherapy

  • Date: TBA
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  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor:Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

A 6-part seminar series that explores linkages between the practice of psychotherapy and the multiple burdens of suffering, sacrifice, and masochism that constitute much of the profession. The connection between the Greek concept "Therapon" meaning servant or slave, and the role of the therapist will be explored in depth.

Clinical concepts of holding and containment; of counter-transference and acting-in will all be explored through in-depth clinical examples.


Foundations of Western Literature

  • Date: Begining January 2011
  • Time: Sunday evenings 7-9pm (monthly)
  • Fee: $450
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, PA
  • Instructors: Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

This will be an on-going seminar which will meet monthly to discuss and study the great works of Western literature. The seminar will meet on Sunday nights, 10 meetings per year, beginning in September, 2010.

Goals of this seminar include:

  • To gain an understanding of unconscious process and how they relate to the study of these enduring works.
  • To appreciate the elegance and wisdom in these works of literature -- and explore the possibilities, parameters, and paradoxes as they relate to the human condition.
  • We will begin with the Epic of Gilgamesh, and will next move on to the study and reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey. These reading choices will likely be enough to occupy us for the first year of our study.

We anticipate that we will continue the following years to come by reading:

  • The major plays of Sophocles
  • The Aeneid of Virgil
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Milton's Paradise Lost
  • The major plays of Shakespeare
  • Goethe's Faust

We will go on to read works by Melville, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and Camus.

More Information

  • Continuing Education (CE) Credit Information

    All programs are eligible for continuing education credits. Please contact us to find out exact information for each program.

    International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. Continuing Education Credit for Utah Social Workers is provided through Utah NASW. The International Psychotherapy Institute 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.

  • Distance Learning Seminars

    PPSC is able to offer distance learning opportunities through the use of computer assisted telephone conferencing. Currently seminars and programs on Klein, Bion, Transference and Counter-transference are conducted with various groups throughout the country. If you, your group or institution is interested in this form of distance learning please contact us.

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