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Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics 2022
Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics (101) 2022F
Instructor: Harold Kudler, M.D.


  • 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 past psychoanalytic figures including Freud, Winnicott, Ferenczi as well as contemporary authors.
  • Students will be introduced to the history of psychoanalysis and some of its controversies.

Target Audience: Mental health professionals at the introductory level.

Format: The weekly meetings combine lecture and seminar formats, as well as small group discussions. Student participation is encouraged through the provision of a safe space to think and speak freely. The instructor will use a minimum of jargon, thereby demonstrating how psychoanalytic insights illuminate everyday life and can assist the clinician in understanding and relating to people, regardless of the clinical setting.

About the Instructor:
Harold Kudler, M.D., DLFAPA received his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center, trained in Psychiatry at Yale, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke. From 2000 through 2005, he co-chaired the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Committee on PTSD which reports to Congress. He has served on the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors, co-led the development of joint VA/Department of Defense Guidelines for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress, and advised Sesame Street’s Talk Listen Connect series for military families. From 2006 to 2014, he co-led the North Carolina Governor’s Focus on Returning Military Members and their Families and, in 2012, was appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Kudler was Associate Director of the VA's Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) on Deployment Mental Health. In July 2014, he joined VA Central Office in Washington DC as Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services. Starting in May 2017, he served as Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Patient Care Services until his retirement from VA in June 2018. Dr. Kudler remains on the Duke faculty and plays an active leadership role in a number of professional organizations and as a without-compensation-employee in the VA Physician Ambassador Champion Program. In 2022, he was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. An Advanced Candidate in Adult and Child Psychoanalysis, Dr. Kudler has played several roles within the American Psychoanalytic Association including Co-Chair, Service Members and Veterans Initiative (2011- Present), Chair, Social Issues Department (2013-2014), and APsaA Liaison to the American Psychiatric Association (2018-Present). He also provides consultation in clinical and administrative settings and is developing an integrated set of writing projects designed to advance the mental health and wellness of Service Members, Veterans, their families, and communities.

Where: Virtual
When: Tuesdays, August 23 - December 13, 2022 No class on 10/4/22
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24 clock hours / 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.

Participants: 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 layperson.

Continuing Education Credit: At the end of the course, participants must complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credit. The instructors of this course have signed financial disclosure form, and they have no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Required Texts: 1. Freud, S. (1990). Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud). Edited and translated by James Strachey with an introduction by Peter Gay. WW Norton.
2. Bruch, H. (1974). Learning psychotherapy: Rational and ground rules. Harvard University Press. These books should be purchased in advance and are readily available from

Course Syllabus: Assessment Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is August 16.
$25 Registration Fee is due at the 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 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. Describe key elements to be considered when learning to be a psychotherapist.
  2. Describe the essential considerations for beginning treatment.
  3. Discuss the history of psychoanalysis and basic psychoanalytic theories including (but not limited to) developmental theory, structural theory, and object relations theory.
  4. Describe what is meant by transference and countertransference and consider how transference appears in everyday life as well as in clinical settings.
  5. Discuss the persistent failure to recognize the effects of social and economic disparity as well as the tendency to dismiss its clinical significance in the course of psychotherapy.
  6. Compare contributions to psychoanalytic theory and practice made by Sigmund Freud with those of Sandor Ferenczi.
  7. Discuss how historically, homosexual biases both influenced and were influenced by leading psychoanalytic theorists of their time.
  8. Discuss what might be the biases of contemporary clinicians in how they understand health, pathology, and psychological treatment.
  9. Describe some of the key contributions made by D. W. Winnicott.
  10. Discuss the functions of talking and listening in psychotherapy and how these may differ from those of everyday relationships.
  11. Describe ways in which the learning of psychotherapy can evolve into a lifelong vehicle for professional and personal development.
  12. Discuss conscious and unconscious aspects of the therapist’s experiences during the course of treatment.
  13. Explain the various manifestations of the Oedipus complex throughout the life cycle.
  14. Assess the importance of the ways in which therapists frame interventions.
  15. Describe the core elements of relational psychoanalysis.

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 24 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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