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Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Treatment (901)
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Category: Courses

Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Treatment
Instructor:  Alan J. Stern, PhD

This 8-session seminar explores the ways Buddhist-based mindful attitudes and practices can help achieve clinical goals. One major aim is to facilitate an open-hearted encounter with truth and reality. Toward this end, an emphasis will be placed on compassionate meditation and the ways in which compassion toward self and others can lead to a more satisfying life for both clients and clinicians who work with them in psychoanalytically-based therapy.

Members of the seminar will learn about and be expected to practice modes of mindful meditation. They will also have opportunities to present case material.


This seminar is intended for clinicians at intermediate through advanced levels and non-clinicians who meet the prerequisite below. 

Prerequisites: Clinicians who have an understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. This can be met through previous coursework, training, or clinical supervision.

Non-clinicians who have experience in the practice of mindfulness, a basic exposure to psychoanalytic theory, and an interest in deepening their understanding of how mindfulness can be used to enhance the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  

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    via Zoom
When:     Wednesdays, March 17 - May 12, with no class March 24 (tentative)
Time:      7 - 8:30 pm
CME Credits: 12 / CE: 12 clock hours / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others will receive a Letter of Attendance


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

About the Instructor:  Alan J. Stern, PhD

Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is March 11.  $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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Course Learning Objectives: 
Class participants will be able to

  1. Describe the intellectual roots of mindfulness.
  2. Describe the spiritual roots of mindfulness.
  3. Describe methods of practicing “metta” meditation—compassion toward self and others.
  4. Apply methods of practicing “metta” meditation—compassion toward self and others.
  5. Explain how to apply mindful attitudes especially of compassion towards self and others.
  6. Explain how to apply mindfulness and practices especially those of compassion towards self and others
  7. Describe the application of these mindful attitudes of compassion in actual clinical situations with problems of self-attack and self-hatred.
  8. Explain how to recognize clinical presentations of “narcissism”
  9. Describe how to apply mindful attitudes and practices of compassion towards self and others in clinical situations involving problems of “narcissism” in its grandiose presentation.
  10. Describe how to apply mindful attitudes to narcissistic defenses and fragmentations (those with narcissistic injury). 

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 12 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 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.

Contact: [email protected]