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Neuropsychoanalysis (907) Sept
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Neuropsychoanalysis (907)
Instructor: David M. Moore, Ph.D.

via Zoom


Neuropsychoanalysis is an interdisciplinary effort to integrate psychoanalysis with neuroscience which was first attempted by Freud in The Project for a Scientific Psychology (1895). In this course, we will study Neuropsychoanalytic themes and concepts by reading The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness (2021) by Mark Solms, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist. Neuropsychoanalysis does not seek to be a new school of psychoanalysis but rather links to and grounds psychoanalysis. “The brain is the organ of the mind. If we want to fully understand mental life, we must integrate the findings of neuroscience with all levels of the mind Neuropsychoanalysis is interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of how we act, think, and feel.  As we begin to link brain activity with a psychoanalytic model of the mind, even at the deepest levels, a truly dynamic understanding can emerge” (

 The course is open to psychoanalysts, candidates, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy students in the PCC and other analytic institutes, as well as other clinicians and academicians by permission of the instructor.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged. All PCC courses require participants to read and synthesize the materials presented. 



Where:    via Zoom
When:     Thursdays, September 9 and 23, October 14 and 28, November 11, and December 9, 2021
Time:       5:30pm - 7:30pm

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

At the end of the course, participants must complete the Evaluation Form to receive continuing education credit.

About the Instructor:

David Moore initially co-led a neuropsychoanalysis discussion group in the PCC. He has taught this material to fourth-year Duke Psychiatry residents over the past ten years, and also to students in China by Zoom. Dr. Moore serves and has served for many years on the APsaA Board of Directors (and its Institute Requirements and Review Committee), has been president of our Society, and currently serves on the APsaA Committee on Psychoanalytic Education’s Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis Study Group. He is a TA/SA and has taught led Adult Continuous Case Conferences many times.


Required Text: 

Solms, M. (2021). The Hidden spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness. W. W. Norton & Company.  


Course Syllabus: to be added 

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 31.  
$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 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

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be abl
e to:

 Participants in this course will be able to: 

1) Describe the concepts and theories in Neuropsychoanalysis: Role of body needs, brain stem mechanisms, reticular activating system, periaqueductal grey, superior colliculi, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in the cortex, memory, perception (cortical and brainstem), hormones, and peptides in the bloodstream, Freud’s Project, Panksepp’s basic emotions, Friston’s free energy theory and the problem of consciousness. 

2 ) Explain how the course helped you discard, revise, or enhance your ideas related to Freud’s theory. 

3) Explain how the course helped you discard, revise, or enhance your ideas about current psychoanalytic models of the mind. 

4) Discuss how the concepts of Neuropsychoanalysis might impact how you think about or experience your work with your clients.  

5) Describe any new ways of working with patients you may implement based on Neuropsychoanalysis.

 CE & CME Information

For additional information please contact the Administrator

Phone: 919-490-3212   Email: [email protected]

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 the 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 has 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.  The instructor of this course has signed the Financial Disclosure Form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

*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.

 If you have special needs or want information about our cancellation policy, please contact the Administrator.

Contact: [email protected]