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Analytic Approach to Treatment, Part 1 (formerly Analytic Attitude)
Center for Psychological and Family Services (CPFS)
501 Eastowne Drive, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Category: Courses

Analytic Approach to Treatment, Part 1 (Formerly Analytic Attitude, Part 1)
Instructor: Michael Macklin, MD
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This 16 session course is the first part of a year long sequence aimed at helping the psychoanalytic therapist conceptualize an intense therapeutic relationship that is at the core of the psychoanalytic process. As a process aimed at freeing the patient’s inner life, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are distinguished by the principle that has been termed the analytic attitude. It is this principle that differentiates psychoanalytic treatments from those therapies in which the focus is generally limited to symptom relief and behavioral change.

This course is intended to deepen the student’s capacity to conceptualize, listen and intervene in an analytic fashion-both in exploratory interventions and in supportive ones. Class readings and discussion will explore the conditions under which the therapist and patient meet with their own needs and expectations some of which naturally foster an exploratory process.
Attention will be paid to the practical considerations required for facilitating a holding environment; the patient’s strengths, limitations, and needs for attachment, safety, and mastery. We will explore the creation of an atmosphere of non-intrusive curiosity and non-judgmental acceptance as well as how to help the patient to engage in treatment, the use of transference and counter-transference, how to address resistances, and the promotion of free association.

Classes will include discussion of clinical material of both the instructors and the participants.

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

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 don't meet this requirement can register for the course with permission of the instructors.

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   Center for Psychological and Family Services (CPFS)
When:     Tuesdays, August 28 - December 18, 2018 (no class 9/18)
Time:       5:30pm - 7:00pm
CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24 / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

*NOTE: Psychologists must attend all 24 instructional hours of this class to receive any CE credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA does not allow giving partial credit. If you are a psychologist registering for this class, please contact our administrator at [email protected] for additional information.

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

About the InstructorMichael Macklin, MD

Required TextThe required texts are listed below. If you click on a book title, you will be linked to the book's page at Other bookstores also carry copies of these texts (e.g., alibris online books).

Cabaniss, D., Cherry, S., Douglas, A.,(2017). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual. Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Syllabus: Click Here

 Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 21.  $25 Registration Fee is due at time of application.

Tuition: $650  
$485 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$600 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: 
Class participants will be able to


  1. Describe the meaning of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  2. Describe the therapeutic action of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  3. Describe the initial evaluation and assessment of the client.
  4. Explain the domains of function and how we use them.
  5. Explain the psychodynamic assessment.
  6. Describe the indications for psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  7. Explain the setting up of treatment goals and recommendations with the patient.
  8. Describe how you set the frame and establish boundaries in treatment.
  9. Explain the establishment of the therapeutic alliance.
  10. Describe technical neutrality.
  11. Explain how to set up a psychotherapy session.
  12. Explain what role the feelings of both therapist and patient play in treatment.
  13. Describe empathic listening.
  14. Explain the role of unconscious meaning in psychotherapy.
  15. Describe the listening process in psychodynamic psychotherapy
  16. Explain how we use reflection in the process of psychotherapy.
  17. Describe the basic interventions in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  18. Explain how and when we use supportive interventions.
  19. Explain the relationship between free association and resistance.
  20. Explain the concept of transference.
  21. Explain the concept of countertransference.
  22. Describe the mechanism of unconscious conflict and defense.
  23. Describe the technique of working with dreams.

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 24 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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.

Contact: [email protected]