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The Storied Analyst: The Rhetoric of Clinical Narratives
Lucy Daniels Center
9003 Weston Parkway
Cary NC, 27513
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Category: Scientific Programs

The Storied Analyst:
The Rhetoric of Clinical Narratives
Presented by Dhipthi Mulligan, MD

The case history holds a privileged position in the history and practice of psychoanalysis. Both the familiar and quintessentially psychoanalytic tales of Freud and the everyday, illustrative clinical vignettes are presented to the reader as epistemological nuggets. We grow up with, grow into, and grow out of these narratives as psychoanalytic practitioners. Alongside the representational aspects of these case histories, there exists a rhetorical or persuasive force to which we sway. Theory of narrative and rhetoric can inform the how, the why and the so what of our relation to these stories of psychoanalysis.

About the Presenter: Dhipthi Mulligan, MD is a psychiatrist practicing in Durham. She is a Consulting Associate at Duke University in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also a psychoanalytic candidate at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas.  Her clinical practice entails treating adults in an outpatient setting using psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and medications. Her educational role at Duke involves teaching and supervising psychiatry residents. At Duke, she created and directs the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum, teaches the Trauma and Language course and supervises individual residents in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 
Where: Lucy Daniels Foundation (click here for directions)
Time: 10 am - 12 noon, registration and refreshments being at 9:30 am
CME credits: 2 / CE Credits: 2 Category A / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify three narrative elements of the case history such as character, plot, and metaphor.
  2. Identify elements of the clinical narrative that serve as rhetorical devices.
  3. Identify two questions raised by the rhetorical use of case histories as it relates to psychoanalytic knowledge and practice.

Fee $45 ($50 at the door)
No Charge for PCC members, full-time students with ID and trainees in the departments of social work, psychology and psychiatry.  Needs based scholarships are available upon request. Contact our administrator for details.

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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 2 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.


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