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Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics
Dodson Conference Room, Fourth Floor White Zone, Duke University Medical Center, South
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham NC,
Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics (101)
Instructors: William Meyer, MSW and Shelley Holmer, MD

  • 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 psychoanalytic figures including Freud, Winnicott, Fromm-Reichmann, Sullivan, and Bettelheim. 
  • Students will be introduced to the history of psychoanalysis and to some of its controversies. 

The weekly meetings combine lecture and seminar formats, and student participation is encouraged. The instructors use a minimum of jargon, thereby demonstrating how psychoanalytic insights illuminate every day life and can assist the clinician in understanding and relating to people, regardless of 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 lay person.

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Where:    Dodson Conference Room, Fourth Floor - White Zone, Duke University Medical Center
When:     August 21 - December 11, 2017    No class on 9/4.
Time:       6:30pm - 8:00pm

CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 11 category A / 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 Shelley Holmer, MD

Required Text: Bettelheim, Bruno (1982) Freud and Man's Soul. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.  This book should be purchased in advance and is readily available from Amazon.com and other booksellers. 

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 14. 
$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 abl
e to
  • Discuss the concept of illness and health as it applies to psychodynamic therapy.
  • Describe the essential considerations for beginning treatment.
  • Analyze what was changed and what was lost when Freud's work was translated from German into English.
  • Describe the immature and mature defenses and recognize their functions on the continuum of psychological functioning.
  • Describe what is meant by transference and countertransference and their roles in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in every day life.
  • Give a real example of a defense mechanism or transference reaction in a clinical or other interpersonal setting.
  • Compare different models of psychoanalytic theory.
  • Compare the contributions made by Sigmund Freud with those of Sandor Ferenczi to psychodynamic work. 
  • Explain the various manifestations of the Oedipus complex throughout the life cycle. 
  • Describe some of the key contributions made by D. W. Winnicott.  
  • Describe the neuroscience of memory and how it relates to psychoanalytic theory and practice.

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: lisalong@carolinapsychoanalytic.org