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Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Center for Psychological and Family Services (CPFS)
501 Eastowne Drive, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EST
Category: Courses

Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Instructors: David Smith, MD & Katherine Broadway, LPC
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Each patient is an individual and is different from other patients yet there are patterns of behavior (thought action affect fantasy speech) and patterns of defense and unconscious fantasy that are helpful to learn in order to work more effectively as a therapist. These patterns are not described exactly as you see them in real patients.  Most real patients have mixtures of these styles, or predominantly one style with some traits from others. What can make them a problem for patients is often: 1) a limited variety of defenses and behaviors, 2) the inability to switch to the most useful defense or behavior, and 3) frequent regressions to the same ineffective defenses and behaviors. And each patient will exhibit various difficulties in addition to these. All these can occur rigidly and unconsciously. Ideally, psycho analytically oriented psychotherapists help patients to loosen their defensive and behavioral styles and have more conscious choices of how to behave. In character problems the first step will be to help the patient change from an ego syntonic to and ego-dystonic point of view of his problem behaviors.

The course will primarily make use of Nancy McWilliams' text Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. Additionally various selected articles will be used to further describe and help us understand the struggles that our patients present to us both consciously and unconsciously.

Participants in the course will be asked to write a brief summary of some aspect of the diagnostic issues as presented in the materials to be read prior to each course.

Discussion is greatly encouraged as are different points of view.

All of us are students and each of us has an opportunity to learn from the materials and each other. I am glad that you have chosen to participate in this course and look forward to our work together.

Class will be limited to 10 students and is for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.

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   Center for Psychological and Family Services (CPFS)
When:     January 24 - May 9, 2017
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm
CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 4 Category A, 5 Category B / 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 InstructorDavid Smith, MDKatherine Broadway, LPC

Required TextPsychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Nancy McWilliams, PhD

Syllabus: Click Here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 17.  $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 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: 
Class participants will be abl
e to

1. Describe the types of character organization as described by Nancy McWilliams.
2. Formulate a preliminary diagnosis and goals for treatment.
3. Revise a diagnostic formulation and treatment strategy as clinical work unfolds.
4. Discuss defense mechanisms and be able to assess the patient's defensive structure.

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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