Volunteering as a Therapist or Consultant
Thanks very much for your interest in volunteering your time and expertise to ACPC and the clients whom we serve. This endeavor is consistent with the Alliance’s mission to create a community of learners interested in psychoanalytic study.
Therapists agree to make a two-year commitment to provide once or twice weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalytically-informed supportive psychotherapy to their assigned client. Therapists agree to meet for a year with their ACPC Consultant and may opt to continue with the same Consultant for a second year or request a different consultant.
Consultants represent a diversity of psychoanalytic perspectives, which benefit the ongoing training and education of ACPC therapists. As part of their two-year commitment to ACPC, Consultants agree to provide psychoanalytically-informed consultation to an ACPC Therapist once weekly for one year. At the end of one year, the Therapist may wish to continue with the same Consultant for a second year, or s/he has the option to match with another ACPC Consultant in order to receive another psychoanalytic perspective.
Therapists have the option, depending on availability, for meeting in a group setting for case consultation with a senior clinician; these groups usually meet every other week at no charge to the therapist. Additionally, three times a year a therapist presents a case to a Consultant other than his or her own in a Case Consultation meeting that is open to all therapists and consultants in ACPC. Therapists that present as well as attend have found these very useful in their psychoanalytic education. Additionally the NWAPS provides several short and longer courses each year that offer rich educational opportunities, some free and others for a fee. You will find information about this on our website.
Consultants meet 5 times a year in a facilitated group consultation to discuss issues that come up in the consultation process. Periodically consultants read an article pertinent to the consultation and supervision process to provide a focus for their clinical discussions. Consultants that attend these meetings have found them very supportive, stimulating, and helpful.