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Psychoanalytic Models of the Mind, Part 2
Center for Psychological and Family Services (CPFS)
501 Eastowne Drive, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EST
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Psychoanalytic Models of the Mind Part 2 (203)
Instructors: Chris Erskine, LCSW & Peter Perault, MD
Open to Distance Learners

Psychoanalytic Models of the Mind is a two-part course that provides an introduction to the major phases of development in psychoanalytic theory from its origins in the latter part of the 19th century to the present.  Please Note: Students may register for Part II of Psychoanalytic Models of the Mind even if they have not taken Part I. (See prerequisite below.) 

Part II is a 16-week course that will begin with a review and deepening of understanding of Object Relations theories (Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott), and continue into an examination of Self Psychology (Kohut, Wolf), both of which contributed greatly to the paradigm shift in American psychoanalysis referred to as “The Relational Turn.”  We will then explore the ways in which infant observation studies, attachment theory, trauma studies, and Fonagy’s ideas about “mentalization” have spurred the evolution of what is currently a true “Dynamic Systems” (Beebe and Lachmann, Brandchaft) or “Complexity”( understanding of psychic functioning and treatment within a psychoanalytic “field” (Baranger, Bion, Coburn, Ferro, Civitarese).  

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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Where:    Center for Psychological and Family Services, Chapel Hill
When:     January 23 - May 8, 2018   
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm

CME Credits: 24 / CE Category A Credits: 4 / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance


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

About the Instructors: Chris Erskine, LCSW and Peter Perault, MD

Course Syllabus: Click Here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 16. 
$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 and faculty 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:  

  1. Name and define five essential elements of any model of mind, based on Auchincloss’ “foundational elements.”
  2. Identify interactions from their own clinical sessions that illustrate paranoid-schizoid or depressive-position functioning.
  3. Explain how Fairbairn’s object relations model of mind is different from both Freud’s and Klein’s models.
  4. Describe how Winnicott’s theory of mother-infant relating relocates the essence of the therapeutic relationship into the actual interpersonal relating between patient and analyst.
  5. Define and illustrate the function of “empathy” in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  6. Define what is meant by “dialectical thinking” and how it operates in therapeutic action.
  7. Draw a graphic showing the meaning and role of the “third” in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  8. Describe the analytic situation of “impasse,” using the graphic previously created.
  9. Describe the manifestations of “pathological accommodation” (B. Brandchaft).
  10. Demonstrate how to track the sequence of mental/emotional events that reveal stuckness in early attachment loyalties and show how a patient may be enlisted to help watch for that sequence in his own psychic life
  11. Explain the significance of the theory of pathological accommodation in light of mother-infant observation research.
  12. Explain how attachment research has informed our current understandings of clinical work with differently-attached patients.
  13. Describe attachment phenomena in “layman’s language.”
  14. Describe how trauma interferes with a full capacity to “mentalize.”
  15. Identify characteristics of good and faulty mentalization in their patients.
  16. Describe the nuances of well-attuned and mal-attuned mother-infant interactions on video.
  17. Describe how trauma produces dissociative phenomena and explain what is happening in the mind of a person who dissociates.
  18. Explain the differences between dissociation and repression.
  19. Demonstrate what a therapist can say to a patient to foster the creation of a “psychoanalytic mind” in the patient.
  20. Explain how each model of mind studied in the course has made changes in our understanding of the “foundational elements” of theory:  topology, structure/process, conflict/pathology, motivation, and development. 

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.


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