Simply put, I cannot overstate how much my work at the Wayne Institute has increased my skill and confidence as a therapist. The greatest benefit I received from the Institute is that it helped me expand my therapeutic toolkit by providing a practical model for integrating psychodynamic theory into my practice. However, my year in the Institute has helped me evolve as a therapist in ways that benefit my clients regardless of the theory or technique I am employing at any given time...
One of the biggest missions of the Wayne Institute and its faculty, I feel, is to create a sense of community among students and faculty and I think the faculty has been really successful in doing that from day one of our residency. It wasn't just sitting in a classroom with a group of strangers. They really wanted us to get to know one another and understand each other and where we are all coming from - almost model a therapeutic type environment with each other. I also think the personal investment that I've gotten from Dr. Gianotti and the other faculty has been really fulfilling to me as a student - I feel cared for and I believe they are invested in helping us be successful. Additionally, I think the Wayne Institute strives to build on the knowledge we already have as clinicians, but also introduce new idea - we are never standing still, we are always moving forward.
Initially, when I was considering The Wayne Institute, I wasn’t sure if the cost of the investment would justify the return. I think it’s very difficult to accurately assess the value of any advanced training program simply from reading a description on line. However, now that I am more than half way through the experience, I must say that I have learned some things I never knew or was never taught in my graduate school training. Specifically, the theoretical model used in this program has helped me (and other students) to integrate various treatment approaches in a way that allows us to build upon our current knowledge base. In addition this model has given me a framework to understand, organize, and synthesize the complex parts of the psyche, and refine my work with clients.
It does not take me long to gather my thoughts regarding the The Wayne Institute program and why it is unique and special. Jim Wayne and the faculty go out of their way to not only uphold the highest standards academically but also to connect personally. Signing on with The Wayne Institute is becoming a part of an academic community. The wisdom I have gained through the unparalleled learning support provided and the friendships I have made are invaluable.
I think what makes the Wayne Institute different from other post-graduate training programs is that we offer a model of training that allows students from differing theoretical orientations and backgrounds to come together and integrate their knowledge base into a unifying methodology that is psycho-dynamically rooted, but not rigid in its approach. And what I mean by that is we combine best practices from cognitive behavioral therapies, systems theories, and show how these techniques can be used within a three dimensional psychodynamic model that is both intrapsychically and relationally attuned. In addition we bring in recent advances from neuroscience, trauma-based treatments, and attachment theory and show students how to incorporate these recent advances into their already existing competencies. In other words, we combine the various schools that speak to “parts” of the psyche, and combine them into an expanded, integrated, single approach.