Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


22 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Course directors:
Dinko Podrug, State University of New York, United States
Peter Dunn, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, United States
Vedran Bilić, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
Course description:

The course addresses the overall strategy of present-day psychodynamic psychotherapyand specific areas of technique. As in prior years, we will elucidate core theoretical concepts (transference, unconscious organising fantasy) and practices (dream interpretation, creating/maintaining frame and balancing ritual and spontaneity) by identifyingthem in the clinical material presented by the participants. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own clinical data, particularlyprocess notesof individual sessions.

The goal of the program is to increase the participants’ (1) Understanding of the central importance of the therapist’s demonstrated “empathy” in sustaining the therapy and allowing the work on resistances, (2) To more easily establish the optimal “frame” for a specific patient, (3) to use the patient’s dreams and other fantasy material to arrive at a psychodynamic formulation to guide the treatment strategy.

Our focus is on counter- transference, and, more broadly, on recognize our defenses and feeing our talents for relating to the patient and the clinical events and material.

This course has proven useful to relative novices in psychotherapy and to experienced practitioners alike.Becoming more “friendly” with their own countertransference reactions has led to greater awareness of their own clinical actions and thinking, and has empowered the participants to be less inhibited and bolder in allowing themselves to listen to, contain and respond to patients and their emotions and fantasies. In the past years participants often reported returning to their work with renewed optimism about dynamic work and greater creativity.

Does the programme offer ECTS credits?

No. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance of actual hours attended (usually twenty) and listing the topics covered/skills developed.

Practical matters (fees and hours; lodging and suggested prepration):

- School fee is Euro 150 or Croatian currency equivalent (Euro 100 for trainees/early career professionals), payable in cash upon arrival.

- We start Monday 22nd and end Friday August 26th; each day we work from 9:00 – 13:00, with rest of the day free. We are meeting at IUC building, Don Frana Bulica 4, just two hundred meters from the west side of old city walls (“Pile”).

- Lodging in Dubrovnik needs to be arranged individually by the participants; IUC has available travel agents who can help; Dr. Bilic ( can put new participants in touch with school returnees who may have additional suggestions.

- Some suggestions for preparation: bring some process notes/case reports; please email Dr. Podrug ( one theoretical concept you have most difficulty understanding or applying clinically; also, let him know which is your favorite psychoanalytic journal article or a book (and re-read some of it before the course).

- As last year, each participant will receive a pdf copy of Dr. Cabaniss’s book, for which we are very grateful to her and to Dr. Dunn for arranging it.


Cabaniss, Deborah L et al: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manal, 2011.

Dinko Podrug, M.D., D.Sc., School Director

Course lecturers:
Peter Dunn, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, United States
Dinko Podrug, State University of New York, United States
Vedran Bilić, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
Sanja Borovečki Jakovljev , Croatian Psychoanalytic Society, Croatia