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Essential Bion (913) 2023S
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Essential Bion (913)
Instructors: Christine Erskine, LCSW, and Amy Levy, PsyD

Description: In this series of discussions, we will study the important psychoanalytic contributions of Wilfed Bion, who extended and deepened the ideas first presented by Melanie Klein.  We will make use of a central text, Rudi Vermote (2019) Reading Bion (Routledge - $34.71 at Amazon), which we ask students to purchase.  Vermote’s book provides a clear presentation of Bion's ideas as they developed over a long lifespan, as well as relevant historical supplemental sections.  Other reading assignments will be provided electronically by the instructors, some of which will be from Bion's own writing.  While this course will not dive into the work of the so-called 'Modern' or 'Post-Bionians' (Ferro, Civitarese, et al.), it will lay the groundwork for a study of their work.
This 8-week course is intended to follow the elective course Part I: Essential Klein, which is considered an additional pre-requisite for enrollment in this Bion segment.

Target Audience: This class is for clinicians at the intermediate to advanced level.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats. All participants will read and synthesize the materials presented, partly through the sharing of clinical experiences.

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 in adult psychoanalysis of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and a former analytic instructor at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She began distance studies in Klein and British Object Relations at the Washington School of Psychiatry and the International Psychotherapy Institute in the 1980s and has continued to understand transference and countertransference primarily through a Kleinian lens. Having returned to the Triangle area, she now sees patients and supervisees virtually in Raleigh. After a term as President of the PCC, she is now Faculty Chair and enjoys teaching contemporary psychoanalytic theories.

Amy Levy, Psy.D. is a psychoanalytic and forensic psychologist who trained in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She has published on intergenerational transmission of trauma, adolescent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the civil legal arena, and her elaborations of some of Wilfred Bion’s ideas. Dr. Levy is past chair of the Education Committee for the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. She has taught and lectured on Bionian theory, object-relations theory, psychological and cognitive assessment, and group therapy. She is currently in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Where: via Zoom
When: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to May 10, 2023 (unless the group elects not to meet during either of the two religious holidays that occur on March 22 and April 5).
Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm Eastern Time (time subject to change)

CME Credits: 12 / CE Credits: 12 / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: First priority will be given to matriculated students who have previously completed at least most of the 200-level courses, particularly 201, 202, and 203. This course is intended to follow the PCC elective, Part 1: Essential Klein, which is also a prerequisite. Anyone interested in enrolling in this course who has not completed those prerequisites at the PCC should speak with the instructor.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. Students must complete course assignments to receive training program 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 a financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Course Syllabus: Download Syllabus

Registration and Tuition Deadline is March 15, 2023.
$25 Registration Fee is due at the 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

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to:

  1. To explain how Bion’s own traumatic experiences gave rise to his extreme creativity
  2. To perceive unconscious processes operating in groups (including society), particularly the simultaneous operation of Basic Assumptions and Work Group Mentality
  3. To detect attacks on linking as they occur in treatment
  4. To develop and make use of their own “containing function” and of “normal projective identification,” in transference/countertransference operations
  5. To safeguard their own capacity for “alpha function” in listening to their patients
  6. To listen “without memory or desire,” as described by Bion

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 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 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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