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Psychoanalytic Research (309) 2023S
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Psychoanalytic Research (309)
Instructor:  Paul Brinich, PhD

Description: Psychoanalysis is often criticized because its concepts are difficult to operationalize in ways that are deemed reliable and valid. It cannot be subjected to the kind of double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that are in vogue in the pharmaceutical world. This course will present evidence regarding the efficacy of psychoanalysis. It will illustrate how concepts derived from psychoanalysis have fueled meaningful research in the social and biological sciences (including neuroscience). The course also will critique so-called empirically-supported treatments (ESTs) and will address the inability of the DSM-5 to meaningfully illuminate the problems experienced by the people who come to us for help.

Target Audience: This class is for clinicians at the intermediate to advanced level.

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

About the Instructors:
Paul M. Brinich, PhD is a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. A graduate of the University of Chicago, the Anna Freud Centre (London), and the UNC-Duke University Psychoanalytic Education Program, he has taught and/or supervised at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (London), the University of California at San Francisco, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at UNC-CH. He has served as President of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis (2002-2004) and served as President of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society (2008-2010). He is a senior editor for the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.

Where: via Zoom
When: Tuesdays, March 21 – May 16, 2023 No class April 11th.
Time: 7:10pm to 8:40pm Eastern Time (time subject to change)

CME Credits: 12 / CE Credits: 12 / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: First priority will be given to matriculated students in the Adult, Adult/Child psychoanalytic program as this is a required class. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students who have completed the Core Curriculum may request permission from the instructor to take this class.

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.

Course Syllabus: Download Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is March 15, 2023.
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs
$290 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. Discuss the merits of using statistical aggregation of clinicians’ experiences as a basis for validating treatment.
  2. Describe for what disorders randomly controlled trials seem to be the preferred method of validation.
  3. Discuss the relative values of using qualitative and quantitative methods for validation of psychoanalytic treatment.
  4. Discuss the paradox between the privileged status given to empirical validation placed on psychoanalysis with the opposing view of the importance of exploration of individuality that does not lend itself to empirical exploration.
  5. Describe how the use of case studies might enhance the validation of psychoanalytic treatment.
  6. Describe some of the studies which support the efficacy of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment.
  7. Describe advances in neuroscience that have enabled exploration of the efficacy of treatment.
  8. Discuss the impact of the lack of consensus concerning what constitutes analytic process has on the validation of psychoanalytic treatment.
  9. Discuss what research has demonstrated about the nature of psychoanalytic education.
  10. Discuss whether research has been able to discern the impact of differing intensities or lengths of treatment.

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 12 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.

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