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Self Psychology (203A) 2022S
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Self Psychology (203A)

Instructor: Peter Perault, MD

Description:    This eight-week course will explore the paradigm shift in psychoanalysis that has fostered a deeper understanding and more definitive treatment of narcissistic pathology.  This course will cover technical aspects of empathy, self-object transferences, countertransferences, and mechanisms of therapeutic action -- with plentiful case examples and readings from Heinz Kohut, Ernest Wolf, Michael Basch, Joseph Lichtenberg, Anna Ornstein, and others.

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

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


About the Instructor:   Peter Z. Perault, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Chapel Hill, has taught past PCC courses on empathy, self psychology, fathering, the psychology of men, and attachment. Trained at Yale, Duke and PCC, he is clinical faculty in the Duke Department of Psychiatry, a psychotherapy supervisor in PCC, and a past president of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society (now the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas). Dr. Perault last taught this class, and although there may be a substitution of the instructor(s), he has compiled/reviewed the syllabus. email: [email protected]

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Where:   via Zoom
When:     March 15, 2022 - May 10, 2022  (no class April 19 - tentative)
Time:       7:10-8:40 pm

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). Applicants who do not meet this requirement can register for 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 instructor(s) has signed financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Course Syllabus: posted here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is March 8. 
$25 Registration Fee is due at 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 aren't 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

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

  1. Describe the history of the development of Self Psychology in psychoanalysis.
  2. Describe the self-object transferences introduced by Heinz Kohut and their therapeutic function.
  3. Discuss a comprehensive technical understanding of empathy and its clinical application.
  4. Describe the working through the process in Self Psychologically–informed psychoanalysis.
  5. Explain the presence and meaning of hidden and unbearable shame, and use the understanding in clinical situations.
  6. Discuss Kohut’s revision of the Oedipal situation and its clinical applications.
  7. Describe the sources of narcissistic rage and its clinical relevance.
  8. Explain the extension of Self Psychological theory to advances in relational, intersubjective, and motivational systems theories.




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 the 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 has 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 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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