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Relational Perspectives in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory (203B)
Tuesday, March 08, 2022, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses


Relational Perspectives in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory (203B)

Instructors: Heather Craige, MSW and Katherine Broadway, M.Div., LCMHC

Limited to 23 registrations--course has filled

Description:  Relational approaches emphasize the ways in which early relationships shape the human mind and how the personalities of therapist and patient influence each other.  Relational approaches shift our understanding and the ways we work with resistance, transference, countertransference, and therapeutic impasses. The relational literature is vast—we will use Steven Kuchuck’s new book, The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, as a text supplemented with seminal articles by major contributors on attachment, intersubjectivity, and self-states. Phenomena including “the analytic third,” enactment, dissociation, attachment style, pathological accommodation, and the role of self-disclosure will be considered. Students will be asked to hold in mind a “difficult to reach” client as we apply relational concepts to working with developmental trauma.

Target Audience: This course is intended for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged. All the PCC courses include small group discussions which require participants to read and synthesize the materials presented.  PCC faculty ensure that gaps in knowledge are addressed.

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Where:    all-Zoom course
When:      January 11 – March 8, 2022 (No class on February 8)
Time:         7:10 - 8:40 pm EST

CME Credits: 12 / CE: 12 clock hours / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance



Prerequisite: Students will need a basic exposure to and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. Applicants can meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation).  Other students can apply to take the course with the permission of the instructor.


Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis training program. 


Continuing Education Credit: At the end of the course, participants must complete the Evaluation Form to receive continuing education credit. The instructors of this course have signed Financial Disclosure Forms, and have no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.  


About the Instructors: 


Heather Craige, MSW is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst serving adults and children in Raleigh, NC. During 30 years of practice, she has developed a particular interest in using object relations, attachment, and relational approaches to treat adult survivors of chronic childhood trauma. Heather is a graduate in adult psychoanalysis from the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, now a component of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC). She has published articles on the subject of termination in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. Heather has served in a variety of roles in the psychoanalytic community, including Board Chair of the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation (now part of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas), and is a Training and Supervising Analyst for the PCC.  As a member of the PCC’s Community Service Committee, Heather lead the team that brings Circle of Security Parenting facilitator training to North Carolina from 2016 to 2021. Ms. Craige last taught this class, and although substitutions may be made, she compiled/reviewed the syllabus. Email: [email protected].

Katherine Broadway, M.Div., LCMHC is a licensed professional counselor in Raleigh. Her areas of interest are adults who grew up in dysfunctional families, working with the harsh inner critic, trauma, and the development of self and identity. She uses a relational psychoanalytic approach with special attention to attachment and the therapeutic relationship. She is currently accepting new patients.

Course Syllabus: click here

Students are asked to purchase the book, The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, by Steven Kuchuck (2021) and to read Chapters 1 & 2 before the first class.

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 4, 2022. 
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students are not charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances, we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

Course Learning Objectives: Upon completion, class participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the hallmarks of the avoidant/dismissing, ambivalent/preoccupied, and disorganized/unresolved attachment styles.
  2. Explain the relevance of attachment styles to the understanding of transference and defense in treatment.
  3. Describe what is meant by intersubjectivity and the concept of the analytic third.
  4. Identify characteristics of helpful and unhelpful self-disclosure through a relational lens.
  5. Describe how trauma produces dissociative phenomena and explain what is happening in the mind of a person who dissociates in terms of self-state theory.
  6. Explain attachment and relational concepts in plain language that would be understandable to patients.
  7. Discuss the meaning of the term enactment and how the therapist might view his/her own role in an enactment through a relational lens.
  8. Describe the manifestations of “pathological accommodation” in light of attachment research.



CE-CME Information:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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