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Art and Literature through a Psychoanalytic Lens: A Course in Applied Psychoanalysis
601 W Rosemary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Category: Courses

Art and Literature through a Psychoanalytic Lens:
A Course in Applied Psychoanalysis
Instructor: James Weiss, MD

Class participants will be encouraged to apply their developing psychoanalytic skills of observation, empathy, and imagination by immersion in the discussion of various works of art and literature. These will include Sophocles' Antigone; Keats' La Belle Dame sans Merci; Shakespeare's Richard III; the Brothers Grimm's Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella; James Joyce's The Dead; and Carr's A Month in the Country. Accompanying these texts, participants will read articles on the methodology of applied psychoanalysis as well as examples of it by Freud, Jacob Arlow, David Werman, Francis Baudry, Renato Almansi, Edith Jacobson, and Bruno Bettleheim. If possible, several of our classes will involve a group viewing of a movie followed by the class discussion. Movies under consideration include Richard III, Ordinary People, and John Houston's film of Joyce's The Dead. Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors is also a possibility.

The development of a psychoanalytic understanding of any work of art requires a turning of oneself intellectually and emotionally to the text with as few a priori ideas about it as possible, just as we might clinically listen to our patient rather than relying on documents or diagnoses from other people. This course seeks to foster this kind of emotional inquiry.  CE Credits offered: CME Credits: 18 / CE Category A Credits: 6 / NBCC: 18 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

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About the InstructorJames Weiss, MD 

When, Where and CE Credits

Where:    Greenbridge, Chapel Hill
When:     Wednesdays, January 25  - March 15, 2017
Time:       6:30pm - 8:00pm **
**classes on 1/25, 2/8, 2/22 & 3/8 will run from 6:30 - 9/9:30 to allow time to watch films
CME Credits: 18 / CE Category A Credits: 6 / NBCC: 18 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: This class is open to non-matriculated students.  Non-matriculated 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). Other students may take this class with permission of the instructor.

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

Registration and Tuition

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 19.

$25 Registration Fee is due at 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

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Syllabus & Course Learning Objectives
Syllabus: Click Here

  • Participants will analyze literary texts or films with as few a priori ideas about them as possible.
  • Students will assess their emotional responses to the various characters and situations portrayed in the works under discussion.
  • Students will analyze the ideas and "central themes" of a work of art.
  • Students will describe the difference between interpretation of a work of art and the interpretations generated by the interactions between patient and therapist in the consulting room.
  • Students will analyze and discuss the role of fairy tales in preparing young children to encounter life's existential challenges: separation and loss, sibling relations, love etc.
  • Participants will discuss D.W. Winnicott's notions of the crippling effects on children of faulty mothering; the development of the false-self and of false-self bonds.

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 18 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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