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Analytic Approach to Treatment, Part 1
Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EST
Category: Courses

Analytic Approach to Treatment, Part 1
Instructors: Michael Macklin, MD and Margaret Wilner, LCSW
via ZOOM

This 16 session course is the first part of a year-long sequence aimed at helping the psychoanalytic therapist conceptualize an intense therapeutic relationship that is at the core of the psychoanalytic process. As a process aimed at freeing the patient’s inner life, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are distinguished by the principle that has been termed the analytic attitude. It is this principle that differentiates psychoanalytic treatments from those therapies in which the focus is generally limited to symptom relief and behavioral change.

This course is intended to deepen the student’s capacity to conceptualize, listen, and intervene in an analytic fashion-both in exploratory interventions and in supportive ones. Class readings and discussion will explore the conditions under which the therapist and patient meet with their own needs and expectations some of which naturally foster an exploratory process.

Attention will be paid to the practical considerations required for facilitating a holding environment; the patient’s strengths, limitations, and needs for attachment, safety, and mastery. We will explore the creation of an atmosphere of non-intrusive curiosity and non-judgmental acceptance as well as how to help the patient to engage in treatment, the use of transference and counter-transference, how to address resistances, and the promotion of free association.

Classes will include discussion of clinical material of both the instructors and the participants.

This course is intended for clinicians at the beginning through intermediate levels.

Prerequisite: 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). Applicants who don't meet this requirement can register for the course with the permission of the instructors.

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  via ZOOM
When:     Tuesdays, August 25 - December 15, 2020 (no class EITHER Labor Day week or Thanksgiving week)
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm
CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24 / 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 InstructorsMichael Macklin, MD and Margaret Wilner, LCSW

Required TextThe required texts are listed below. If you click on a book title, you will be linked to the book's page at Other bookstores also carry copies of these texts (e.g., alibris online books).

Cabaniss, D., Cherry, S., Douglas, A.,(2017). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual. Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Syllabus: click here

 Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 18.  $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 able to


  1. Describe the meaning and therapeutic actions of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  2. Describe the initial evaluation and assessment of the client.
  3. Describe how the goals, frame and boundaries are established in beginning treatment.
  4. Describe how empathic listening, reflecting, and intervening are aspects of technical neutrality. 
  5. Explain what role the affects of both therapist and patient play in treatment.
  6. Explain the role of unconscious meaning in psychotherapy, especially as it relates to free association.
  7. Describe resistance and the relationship between resistance and free association
  8. Explain the concept of transference.
  9. Explain the concept of countertransference.
  10. Describe the mechanism of unconscious conflict and defense.
  11. Describe the technique of working with dreams.
  12. Describe what is meant by “working through” and its role in treatment.
  13. Discuss indicators for, and the processes involved in,  ending treatment.
  14. Identify the four psychologies of psychoanalysis and discuss how to integrate these.


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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