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Analytic Approach to Treatment Part 1 2022F
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Analytic Approach to Treatment, Part 1 (204)
Instructors: Michael Macklin, MD and Margaret Wilner, LCSW

Description:  This 16-session course is the first part of a yearlong 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. This principle 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, each bringing 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, as well as to 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, how to help the patient 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 the instructor’s and participant’s clinical material.

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

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 a financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

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

About the Instructors:
Michael Macklin, MD is a practicing psychoanalyst in Chapel Hill. He has a particular interest in the widening scope of practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as in the broadest theoretical perspectives in psychoanalytic theory. He graduated from the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, now a component of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC). He taught many classes in the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, including Object Relations Theory, Self Psychology, and Widening Scope. He was co-chair for many years of theory section of the psychoanalytic curriculum committee, and he is a member of the faculty of the PCC.

Margaret E. Wilner, LCSW has a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work and completed two post graduate training programs through the PPSC, the former educational organization of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC) – Advanced Curriculum Program and The Intermediate Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents. Her interests include depression, anxiety, developmental trauma, relational and life transition issues, and Body Focused Repetitive Disorders such as Trichotillomania. She has over 30 years of experience working with persons from various ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is a member of the Inner Critic Study Group and Mind the Body/Embody the Mind Study Group. She was the Chairperson of the PPSC Advanced Curriculum Steering Committee and is formerly the Chairperson of the PCC Admissions Committee, a member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Track (PPT) Steering Committee and the Training and Education Committee.


Where: via Zoom
When: Tuesdays, August 23 – December 13, 2022 No class November 22nd.
Time: 7:10pm to 8:40pm Eastern Time (time subject to change)

CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24 / NBCC: 24 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 permission of the instructors.

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

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 a financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Required Texts:
The 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).

1. Cabaniss, D., Cherry, S., Douglas, A.,(2017). Psychodynamic psychotherapy: A clinical manual. Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Course Syllabus:  Interpretations and Working Through Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is August 16.
$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 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: Class participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the meaning and therapeutic actions of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  2. Describe the initial evaluation and assessment of the client.
  3. Describe how the goals, frame and boundaries are established in beginning treatment.
  4. Describe how empathic listening, reflecting, and intervening are aspects of technical neutrality.
  5. Explain what role that affects of both therapist and patient play in treatment.
  6. Explain the role of unconscious meaning in psychotherapy, especially as it relates to free association.
  7. Describe resistance and the relationship between resistance and free association.
  8. Explain the concept of transference.
  9. Explain the concept of countertransference.
  10. Describe the mechanism of unconscious conflict and defense.
  11. Describe the technique of working with dreams.
  12. Describe what is meant by “working through” and its role in treatment.
  13. Discuss indicators for, and the processes involved in, ending treatment.
  14. Identify the four psychologies of psychoanalysis and discuss how to integrate these.

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 provider ship 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 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 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]
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