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Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories (303) 2022F
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories (303)
Instructors:  Chris Erskine, MSW, LCSW and Richard Munich, MD

Description: In this course, we will be discussing psychoanalytic ideas that have developed, for the most part, since 1980 (an exception is some work by Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, who pre-figured some of the more recent theory development). This time period witnessed a paradigm shift in psychoanalysis that frequently goes under the rubric of “Relational Theory.” But what does “relational” mean? It does have some implications for our theory of technique, but its significance goes far beyond that. It opens up psychoanalytic thought to research and to interactions with our sister professions; it opens up our practices to a broader spectrum of patients; and it opens up our minds to a larger area of “containment” within which to listen to patients. The more we expand and deepen our understanding of what we are actually doing when we help our patients, the more we are free, as Bion indicates, to “learn from experience” and to become accustomed to “trusting the process.”

Target Audience: This course is intended for participants at the intermediate to advanced level.

Format: This class will be limited to 10 participants and 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. Classes will include discussion of clinical material of both the instructors and the participants PCC faculty ensure that gaps in knowledge are addressed.

About the Instructors:
Christine Erskine, LCSW, is a former founding member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of NC (now included in the PCC). She is a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and a former analytic instructor at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Having mostly retired from her full-time psychoanalytic practice in Washington, she now sees patients privately in Raleigh and, at times, electronically. She enjoys leading and participating in electronic study groups that include members from NC to LA, from FL to MI, and that deal primarily with contemporary psychoanalytic theory and clinical writing.

Dick Munich, MD is a Kentuckian trained at Yale University and the Western New England Institute. He spent several decades in the Yale, Cornell, and Baylor psychiatry departments. He served as Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Menninger Clinic and is currently a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.


Where:     Via Zoom
When: August 23, 2022 - December 13, 2022. No class Thanksgiving week.
Time: TBD, but 5:30 likely

CME Credits: 24 / CE clock hours: 24 / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others will receive a Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: This class is open to matriculated Psychoanalytic Adult, Adult/Child, or Child-Focused students who have completed all or nearly all of the Core Curriculum which must include having completed From Freud to Ego Psychology, Object Relations, Self Psychology, and Relational Perspectives. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students and graduates who have completed the Core Curriculum and have at least one intensive case may also take this class. Other interested students must have the permission of the instructors.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in the psychoanalysis training program. Students must complete course assignments to receive training program course 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.

Course Syllabus: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories Syllabus

Registration and Tuition 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 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

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how a patient’s words and/or actions reveal internal unconscious self-and-object interactions as described by Melanie Klein and her followers.
  2. Describe the difference between “paranoid-schizoid” and “depressive” position functioning.
  3. Use a clinical example to illustrate the differences between the “paranoid-schizoid” and “depressive” kinds of functioning.
  4. Describe what is meant by the term “triangular space.”
  5. Analyze a patient’s ability to operate mentally and interpersonally in a “triangular space.”
  6. Describe Ogden’s concept of the “autistic-contiguous” mode of generating experience.
  7. Describe the application of Ogden’s concept of the “autistic-contiguous” mode of generating experience to a patient’spresentation in clinical sessions.
  8. Discuss the evolution of relational psychoanalysis as changes from Klein’s work and into the development of Intersubjectivity.
  9. Discuss the “identity crisis” described by Mitchell for analysts shifting from the more traditional observational and authoritative stance to a more relational position.
  10. Discuss the shift from “content” to “process” when thinking about psychoanalytic treatment.
  11. Demonstrate the difference between the analyst’s “interpreting” and “interacting” in clinical sessions.
  12. Describe the impact of trauma on memory as it applies to the changing role of memory in psychanalytic treatment.
  13. Explain how an analyst can help to “create a psychoanalytic mind” in a patient whose ability to self-observe is functionally limited.
  14. List five manifestations of a patient’s use of dissociative defenses.
  15. Explain the concept of “dissociative schema.”
  16. Describe how these “dissociative schema” can be integrated within the therapeutic relationship.
  17. Use findings from infant observation research to describe a difficulty that arises in clinical treatment.
  18. Describe the distinction between “implicit” and “explicit” knowing and how this invites the exploration of non-verbal dimensions of the mind.
  19. Describe how an awareness of the human mind as a metaphor-making organ alerts you as a clinician to a patient’s capacity for vitality affects in sessions and in life.
  20. Utilize an understanding of self-organizing systems to counteract your own impulse to merely observe, instruct, or control a patient in a clinical session.

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 provider ship 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 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 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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