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Defenses and Unconscious Fantasy 2022S
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Defenses and Unconscious Fantasy
Instructor: Nancy Warren, PhD  

Description:     This course will focus on refining an understanding of the concepts related to unconscious fantasy and defense mechanisms, with an emphasis on practical applications through the discussion of clinical material from readings and as presented by class participants.  We will read the work of clinicians representing a variety of modern psychoanalytic schools.  Students will be encouraged to consider how they might apply these concepts in their own clinical work. 


Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged. All the PCC courses are small group discussions that require participants to read and synthesize the materials presented.  PCC faculty ensure that gaps in knowledge are addressed.


Target Audience: This course is appropriate for intermediate to advanced students, as well as experienced clinicians who have the permission of the instructor.


About the Instructor:

Nancy Warren, PhD received her PhD in 1978 from St. Louis University.  She served on the faculty of UNC from 1978-1989 and moved to Houston, Texas in 1989.   While in Houston, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, leaving there to establish a private practice in 1996. She attended the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and graduated in 2006. In 2011, she returned to the east coast, moving to Charleston, South Carolina. She moved back into the academic arena with a position at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Psychiatry.   She recently transitioned from the Medical University into a small virtual private practice, although she is still involved in teaching and supervision of residents.  Her special interests within psychoanalysis are attachment theory, mentalization, and couple and family therapy. 

Course Syllabusclick here


Registration and Tuition Deadline is January 11, 2022.   

$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 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

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Where:     via Zoom
When:      Jan 18, 2022 - March 8, 2022
Time:       5:30 - 7:00 pm
CME Credits: 12 / CE: 12 clock hours/ NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance



Prerequisite: This class is open to matriculated Psychoanalytic Adult or Adult/Child students who have completed all or nearly all the Core Curriculum.  Some exceptions to the requirements that the psychoanalytic student has finished all or nearly all of the Core Curriculum may be made by the psychoanalysis program.  


Training Program Credit:  Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit on the Psychoanalysis training program. If there is a course assignment, students must complete the assignment to receive training program course credit. At the end of the course, participants must complete the Evaluation Form to receive continuing education credit.


Continuing Education Credit:  At the end of the course, participants must complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credit. The instructor(s) has signed financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

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Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to

  1. Discuss your conceptualization of unconscious fantasy.
  2. Describe how unconscious fantasy is used as a therapeutic agent in your analytic work.
  3. Describe some of the early thoughts about unconscious fantasies as described by Freud and Klein.
  4. Discuss how unconscious fantasies may be viewed from a perspective of empathy in self-psychology.
  5. Describe how themes or fantasies related to the patient’s birth may be evoked in treatment.
  6. Explain what defenses are, how they arise, and how to use them to better understand the analytic process.
  7. Describe how defenses may be used differently with difficult patients (e.g., sadomasochism in the transference/countertransference interactions).
  8. Discuss the distinctions between denial and repression.  


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 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 the 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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