Discussion of Melanie Klein's paper Envy vs. Gratitude as wells Freud's views on competition. We'll also look at how it manifests in different personality types. Lastly more current views on competition will be discussed. Students are encouraged to share clinical or personal experiences as well as reflections on the material.
Our class will discuss the distinction between shame and guilt, healthy vs. toxic shame, and behavioral/psychological manifestations (e.g. the "false-self"). Freud and Erickson's theories about shame's origins (e.g. toilet-training; 18 months to 3 years) will be explored as we focus on the role early environmental factors may play in our later relationships to shame and guilt.
Readings will be provided prior to the first class.
Students learn Freud's basic concepts of psychic determinism, instincts and drives, defense mechanisms, ego structure, the unconscious, dreams and symbolic communication, psychosexual development, and the repetition compulsion.
In this session, Nancy McWilliams, psychoanalytic author and scholar, gives the supervisory relationship some much-needed attention. McWilliams suggests that the emotional quality of the supervisory relationship is paramount—even more critical to learning than the skills usually emphasized in psychotherapy training. She notes that a strong supervisory alliance, focused on general psychological development, is good for the patient, the practitioner, and the practice. Attendees will gain an understanding of how psychoanalytic supervision can and should focus on emotional maturation and progress toward overall wellness (rather than models of psychological improvement that focus on reducing symptoms). McWilliams new book, Psychoanalytic Supervision, will be published in September.
Respected psychoanalytic practitioner, teacher, and mentor Dr. Stephen Ellis believes the work of being a psychoanalyst involves a moral obligation to be a serious student, and a commitment to finding others who can help you do your job well. As the pioneer of a groundbreaking community clinic intended as an extension of Freud’s original idea for free clinics, Dr. Ellis successfully applied a modern approach to treating psychiatric disorders that classic analysis said could not be treated with psychoanalysis. In an intimate, open dialogue, Dr. Ellis will share what he has learned from his many years of practice. For both new and seasoned practitioners.
This course will outline the physiological/hormonal changes we experience during low-grade anxiety and more intense anxious episodes and how these changes affect the brain. Exploring the different forms of anxiety (e.g., stress, phobias, and panic), students will participate in lively discussions on the merits and/or shortcomings of various psychoanalytic and cognitive disciplines.
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Requirements for self-study credit to be discussed with instructor.
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