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Thinking Psychoanalytically: the Basics 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics (101)
Instructors: William Meyer, MSW and Harold Kudler, MD

via Zoom

  • 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. 

The weekly meetings combine lecture and seminar formats, and student participation is a core component. The instructors 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. 

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.


Where:    via Zoom
When:     August 23 - December 13, 2021.  No class on 9/6.
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.

About the Instructors: William Meyer, MSW, and Harold Kudler, MD

Required Texts : These books should be purchased in advance and are readily available from and other booksellers. 

 Semrad:The Heart of the Therapist, edited by Susan Rako, MD and Harvey Mazer, MD. 

 Bruch, Hilde. (1974) Learning Psychotherapy:  Rationale and Ground Rules. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. 

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline 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 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

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be abl
e to:
  1. Discuss the concept of illness and health as it applies to psychodynamic therapy.
  2. Describe the ideas behind the “timelessness of the unconscious” and its importance to psychodynamic treatment.
  3. Discuss the ideas presented by Semrad about what it means to be a therapist.
  4. Describe the elements to be considered when beginning to learn about being a psychotherapist.
  5. Describe the essential considerations for beginning treatment.
  6. Discuss some basic psychoanalytic theories and what is thought to be involved in the making of a personality.
  7. Describe what is meant by transference and countertransference and how it appears in both everyday life and in a clinical setting.
  8. Compare the contributions made by Sigmund Freud with those of Sandor Ferenczi to psychodynamic work. 
  9. Discuss how historically, homosexual biases both influenced and were influenced by leading psychoanalytic theorists of their time. 
  10. Discuss what might be the biases of contemporary clinicians in how they understand health, pathology, and psychological treatment
  11. Describe some of the key contributions made by D. W. Winnicott.
  12. Discuss the functions of talking and listening in psychotherapy and how these may differ from everyday relationships.
  13. Describe ways in which the learning of psychotherapy can evolve into a lifelong vehicle for professional and personal development.
  14. Discuss aspects of the therapist’s experiences during the course of treatment.
  15. Explain the various manifestations of the Oedipus complex throughout the life cycle. 

 CE & CME Information

For additional information please contact the Administrator

Phone: 919-490-3212   Email: [email protected]

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 the 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 has 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.


If you have special needs or want information about our cancellation policy, please contact the Administrator.

Contact: [email protected]