Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

Registration for mentoring groups is now open through July 15, 2017.

The Alliance offers formal mentoring groups for members who have completed school and have less than ten years of experience practicing in the field. Sponsoring up to six clinicians each, experienced group leaders meet with participants to focus on areas of personal and professional growth, case consultation, and relevant topical study.

Mentoring groups are a 9-month commitment, to begin in September 2017 and to run through June 2018. Each group meets for 1.5 hours twice monthly. A voluntary endeavor, the only associated fee for Alliance members is a genuine commitment for regular attendance and participation through the full duration of the mentoring process. Individuals who participated in a previous year of mentoring groups are welcome to apply again. In order to serve more members, first year applicants will be prioritized. A waiting list will be opened for people as needed, based on date of registration. Please apply early!

Mentoring Groups are offered at various times and locations. We are pleased to offer the following three groups for the 2017 / 2018 term:

Carol Poole, LMHC Meets every other Tuesday from 3:30pm-4:50pm starting September 12th. Madison Valley Neighborhood.

I’ve been in private practice for ten years, treating adults, couples and families. During the early years of my own practice I appreciated—and took full advantage of!—mentoring and consultation offered through the Alliance’s clinic, and I learned what a huge difference it makes to experience solid professional support while you’re developing your own way of practicing as a therapist. I also teach classes on the theme of rupture and repair in the therapeutic relationship. In my work I often find myself learning about two interrelated themes: healing from trauma, and developing authentic selfhood. My approach is eclectically psychoanalytic; I’ve studied for years with teachers from the respective traditions of object relations, relational psychoanalysis, and somatic psychotherapy, and my MA is from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a school with a Jungian focus. When it comes to clinical practice, I think we all need to develop our own ways of working, using our unique personalities and even our never-totally-resolved personal vulnerabilities. In this mentoring group we’ll practice meeting each other with respect and openness, to foster a safe and stimulating environment for mutual support and learning.

Kathy Weissbourd, PhD  Meets first and third Fridays of the month, from 2:30pm-4:00pm starting September 15th. Downtown Seattle.

I have been thinking and talking about psychoanalysis with much enthusiasm through all my adult life. I received my Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 1978 - in a psychoanalytically oriented clinical program. When I started my private practice in the Northwest in 1992, I found that the Alliance was a welcoming community. I have always appreciated that the Alliance has made room for many differing psychoanalytic perspectives, and that it continues to grow and evolve. Through the Alliance I have taught classes on trauma, enactment, and relational psychoanalysis. I did my psychoanalytic training at the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis, graduating in 2009. I am now a training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Some of the issues that I would like to explore in the mentoring group are the relational field that develops in treatment, how to understand and use our subjectivity in our work, and the roles of language and nonverbal communication in the therapy relationship.

Joan K. Jaffee, LICSW Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 2:00-3:30pm, starting September 7th. Fremont Neighborhood.

For the last twenty-five years I’ve built a psychoanalytically informed private psychotherapy practice, drawing primarily from British Object Relations, Intersubjective, and Attachment Theories. I believe the therapeutic process is ultimately moved forward by remaining as fully present as possible with the client, and staying attentive to the relationship and experiences that are built with one another in session. With clients I work to establish a collaborative curiosity. Together we work to understand what drives and motivates certain behaviors, and from this, a deeper knowledge of the self develops. And with this new awareness comes a greater opportunity for choice in directing the desired changes in one’s life. In the mentoring group we’ll listen to one another and to our own responses respectfully and openly. Through dialogue, clinical material, and questions, we’ll support the continued development of our individual voices as clinicians.

To apply, please complete the online application, being sure to include three educational/professional references. 

Contact: The mentoring group email address is active through September 29th, 2017.

Other times of the year please contact:
Eliza Baughn at
or Will Collins at