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Thinking Psychoanalytically: the Basics
Monday, August 24, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Category: Courses

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics (101)
Instructors: William Meyer, MSW and Harold Kudler, MD

via Zoom

  • This 16-session course provides students with an essential vocabulary and a basic overview of a clinical and humanistic perspective informed by psychoanalysis. 
  • Students will learn about establishing a psychotherapy framework and consider how childhood development, unconscious conflict, and psychological trauma influence memory, symptoms, relationships, and a sense of self. 
  • Students will learn how psychoanalytic concepts can be applied to psychotherapy, diagnoses, and to understanding mature and immature defenses, transference, and countertransference. 
  • Students will read seminal and contemporary papers and texts, now considered to be classics in the field. They will be introduced to the work of key past psychoanalytic figures including Freud, Winnicott, Ferenczi as well as contemporary authors.
  • Students will be introduced to the history of psychoanalysis and some of its controversies. 

The weekly meetings combine lecture and seminar formats, and student participation is a core component. The instructors use a minimum of jargon, thereby demonstrating how psychoanalytic insights illuminate everyday life and can assist the clinician in understanding and relating to people, regardless of the clinical setting. 

This course, which focuses on how psychoanalytic ideas provide an informed approach to human motivations and behavior, has been designed for the mental health professional but is also appropriate for the interested layperson.


Where:    via Zoom
When:     August 24 - December 14, 2020.  No class on 9/7.
Time:       6:30pm - 8:00pm

CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24 clock hours / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Independent Study:  Graduate students in the UNC School of Social Work may be able to receive Independent Study credit for this course. For additional information, please contact your advisor.

About the Instructors: William Meyer, MSW and Harold Kudler, MD

Required Texts : These books should be purchased in advance and are readily available from and other booksellers. 

 Semrad:The Heart of the Therapist, edited by Susan Rako, MD and Harvey Mazer, MD. 

 Bruch, Hilde. (1974) Learning Psychotherapy:  Rationale and Ground Rules. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. 

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 17.  
$25 Registration Fee is due at the 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

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be abl
e to
  1. Discuss the concept of illness and health as it applies to psychodynamic therapy.
  2. Describe the essential considerations for beginning treatment.
  3. Discuss how historically, homosexual biases both influenced and were influenced by leading psychoanalytic theorists of their time.
  4. Discuss what might be the biases of contemporary clinicians in how they understand health, pathology, and psychological treatment.
  5. Describe the immature defenses and recognize their functions on the continuum of psychological functioning.
  6. Describe the mature defenses and recognize their functions on the continuum of psychological functioning.
  7. Describe a real example of a defense mechanism in a clinical or another interpersonal setting.
  8. Describe what is meant by transference.
  9. Describe what is meant by countertransference.
  10. Describe the roles of transference and countertransference in everyday life.
  11. Describe a real example of a transference reaction in a clinical or another interpersonal setting.
  12. Summarize core concepts of Classic Freudian theory.
  13. Summarize core concepts of Ego Psychology.
  14. Summarize core concepts of Object Relations theory.
  15. Summarize core concepts of Self Psychology.
  16. Compare these different models of psychoanalytic theory.
  17. Compare the contributions made by Sigmund Freud with those of Sandor Ferenczi to psychodynamic work. 
  18. Explain the various manifestations of the Oedipus complex throughout the life cycle. 
  19. Describe some of the key contributions made by D. W. Winnicott.  
  20. Articulate the ways in which a psychoanalytic perspective can inform all clinical work: from supportive to insight-oriented psychotherapy; to casework in agency settings; and as a way of understanding the psychology of everyday life.

 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 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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