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Curriculum*

This Curriculum is for all Members-in-Training.  Courses are listed by level.  Unless otherwise specified, all courses meet for 12 sessions.

Note: While some classes are held at NPAP, candidates should be aware that most are offered in the private offices of the Faculty member.

Candidates who began their training under an earlier Bulletin should contact the Dean of Training or their mentor regarding requirements not reflected here. 

* The following curriculum is subject to change at any time.

Enrollment Level Required Courses

R600A: Essential Concepts of Freud

R600B: Evolution of Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

R603: Psychoanalytic Theory of Human Development I

R604: Psychoanalytic Theory of Human Development II

R605: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis I

R606: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis II

R607: Analysis of Resistance

R609: Introduction to Dream Interpretation

R610: Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis (6 sessions)

R660A: Case Presentation by Guest Analysts – Required before RCP or Matriculation evaluation whichever comes first  (6 sessions)

R660B: Case Presentation by Guest Analysts (6 sessions)

R665: Professional Ethics in Psychoanalytic Practice – Required before RCP evaluation

R Freud I (6 sessions) Prerequisite: R600A

IPT: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Technique – Required before RCP evaluation

Candidates are required to take the following practicums, in sequence, as soon as they begin seeing patients, after passing either the Readiness for Clinical Practice or Matriculation evaluation whichever comes first:

RPT1: Psychoanalytic Technique I

RPT2: Psychoanalytic Technique II

Case Presentation by Guest Analyst must be taken twice at the Enrollment level as R660A and R660B. It must be taken again either at the Matriculation level as R760 or at the Readiness-for-Control level as R860 for a total of three times

Matriculation Level Required Courses

R703: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Ego Psychology/Structural Theory

R704: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Object Relations

R705: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Self Psychology/Intersubjective Theory

R706: Psychoanalytic Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment of Borderline Pathology

R708: Analysis of Transference and Countertransference

R710: Psychoanalytic Research Methodology.

R718: Sociocultural Influence on Development and Psychopathology

R760: Case Presentation by Guest Analyst – May be taken to fulfill the requirement at either the Matriculation level as R760 or at the RFC level as R860 (6 sessions)

R Freud II: (6 sessions) Prerequisites: R Freud I

R Freud III: (6 sessions) Prerequisite: R Freud II

RPT3: Psychoanalytic Technique III

RPT4: Psychoanalytic Technique IV

RPT5: Psychoanalytic Technique V

Upon completing the courses on the Matriculation level candidates preparing to apply for the License in Psychoanalysis will have completed the coursework requirement for the State License.

Readiness-for-Control Level Required Courses

R801: Case Presentation by Student Analysts I

R802: Case Presentation by Student Analysts II

R803: Relational Psychoanalysis

R804: History of Psychoanalytic Thought

R807: Continuous Case Seminar

R809: Advanced Dream Analysis

R860: Case Presentation by Guest Analysts – Required if not taken twice before. (6 sessions)

R Freud IV: (6 sessions) Prerequisite R Freud III.

Electives: In addition to the 8 required courses, effective fall 2013, at least 3 of the required 4 elective courses must be completed at this level.

Electives

NPAP offers two 12-session semesters—fall and spring.  The fall semester runs from September to December; the spring semester runs from March through May.  Occasionally courses are offered in the summer, beginning in June.  Winter Intersession courses are offered in January and February.  These 6 session courses include R660, R760 and R860, some of the R Freud modules, as well as some electives.  Each 6 session elective course equals one-half of an elective.  Some are open to candidates at all levels of training, others have prerequisites.  However, remember that, effective fall 2013, three of the required four electives must be taken at the 800 level.

The list of Elective courses is not static. Courses that offer new analytic perspectives are added as they are approved. Each year a different range of electives is offered to the candidates.

E803: Theodor Reik Guest Lectureship – This course is offered periodically with topics and Instructors chosen by MITO.  The topic varies from year to year. (6 sessions)

E805: Gender Development: Psychoanalytic Theory of Male and Female Development

E809: Psychoanalytic Theory of Psychosis

E810: Seminar on Freud’s Famous Clinical Cases

E813: Seminar on Masochism

E814: Contemporary Development in Kleinian Theory and Technique

E816: Narcissism

E817: Advanced Seminar on Character Analysis and Treatment of the Character Disorders

E820: Current Literature on Psychoanalytic Technique

E825: Seminar on Symbolization and Creativity

E827: Independent Study of Psychoanalysis

E831: The Psychoanalytic Approach to Psychosomatic Pathology

E832: Inductions, Seductions: Through a Dark Mirror

E833: Seminar on Depression

E850: Fantasy and Unconscious Process

E864: Contemporary Theories in Psychoanalysis

E864C: Contemporary Theories in Psychoanalysis: Introduction to Bion

E864D: Contemporary Theories in Psychoanalysis: Introduction to Lacan

E866: Lesbians in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

E867: The Homosexual Male in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

E868: Seminar on Attachment Theory

E872: Writing Psychoanalysis

E873: Psychoanalysis and Family/Couple Relationships

E882: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory of Trauma & Dissociation

Course Descriptions – Required Courses

New York State mandates a course on Child Abuse Identification and Reporting for mental health practitioners; NPAP requires that candidates take this course within one year of beginning to see patients.  N.Y. State approved providers can be found at the following web address:  http://www.op.nysed.gov/training/caproviders.htm.

R600A: Essential Concepts of Freud

As a thinker, Freud’s theory building/metapsychology was driven forward by what he saw in his office.  That is, as his clinical work continued, he often found himself grappling with issues that his theories, as they stood, couldn’t account for and so he revised his original theories.  This course follows Freud’s journey to understand the mind and how it works:  first the development of the topographical model with its concepts of conscious, preconscious, and unconscious, as well as primary and secondary processes and its revision, i.e., the structural model which sees the mind through the prism of ego, id, superego.  Early elaborations of these concepts will be explored.  Notions of drive theory and its revision will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

R600B: Evolution of Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

This is a survey of the diversity of models of internal development and theories of the mind, leading to an integration of theoretical ideas and analytic technique which start with – and keep – Freud’s contributions and add to them.  It is an introduction and overview at the beginning of analytic training to open the door to a wider horizon of thinking and conceptualizing analytic theory and technique.
Prerequisite:  Enrollment, R600A.

Prerequisite: Open to Candidates who have had a minimum of one year of experience working with patients.

R609: Introduction to Dream Interpretation

This seminar provides an intensive study of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams.  Using this book and updating it where appropriate, this course will focus on techniques of dream interpretation and on the topographic theory of dream construction as conceptualized in the text.

Prerequisite: Enrollment

R Freud I (6 sessions)

Prerequisite: R600A

R Freud II (6 sessions)

Prerequisite: R Freud I

R Freud III (6 sessions)

Prerequisite: R Freud II

R Freud IV (6 sessions)

Prerequisite: R Freud III

R603: Psychoanalytic Theory of Human Development I

This course provides an exploration of normal and pathological development from infancy through the pre-oedipal and oedipal periods, the central tasks and conflicts of Freudian Theory, Object Relations, and Self-Psychology will be presented, as well as recent contributions from Attachment Theory and Infant Observation.

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

R604: Psychoanalytic Theory of Human Development II

This course provides an exploration of normal and pathological development in latency, pre-adolescence, adolescence, and adulthood.

Prerequisite: Enrollment and R603.

R605: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis I

The psychoanalytic theory of anxiety states, hysterias, obsessions, and depression will be examined. The course introduces the mechanisms and features of symptom formation and character development. The course also discusses the determination of psychic structures by ego and superego functioning, the drive-defense conflict model, the structural deficit model, and the adaptational model. Diagnostic considerations are conceptualized and are used to understand the implications of patients’ material and enactments, particularly in regard to the timing and formulation of interventions.

Prerequisite: Enrollment. Sequence Recommendation: R600A, R603, R604.

R606: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis II

Diagnosis II emphasizes the continuities and differences in psychic structure for character disorders, perversions, and narcissistic, borderline, and psychotic organizations. As in R605, diagnostic considerations are conceptualized and are used to understand the implications of patients’ material and enactments, particularly in regard to the timing and formulation of interventions.

Prerequisite: Enrollment. Sequence Recommendation: R600A, R603, R604, R605.

R607: Analysis of Resistance

The resistance seminar studies Freud’s contributions to the analysis of resistance; the role of psychic structures; character; multiple theories of resistance including object relations, self- psychology and ego psychology; manifestations of resistances and methods of working therapeutically with resistances.

Candidate presentations are integrated with readings.

Prerequisite: Open to Candidates who have had a minimum of one year of experience working with patients.

R609: Introduction to Dream Interpretation

This seminar provides an intensive study of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams.  Using this book and updating it where appropriate, this course will focus on techniques of dream interpretation and on the topographic theory of dream construction as conceptualized in the text.

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

R610: Psychopharmacology and Psychoanalysis(6 sessions)

Many psychoanalytic patients require and are using psychoactive medication for relief of symptoms and to enhance their talk therapy. This course deals with the unconscious psychodynamics involved in medication use, including resistance, compliance, transference, countertransference, and the meaning of transitional phenomena.  Socio-cultural factors will also be reviewed. Students learn how to clarify the diagnosis based on DSM criteria and how to collaborate with the psychiatrist.  Medications targeting various symptoms will be discussed for different age groups. (This course is the equivalent to the former R815.)

Prerequisite:  Open to candidates who see patients

R660A and R660B: Case Presentation by Guest Analysts (6 sessions)

All Psychoanalytic theories share processes and concepts such as: transference, resistance, countertransference, defense, dreams and fantasies. This course is designed for Candidates to “see” these basics in actual cases as the clinical material unfolds in case presentations.  R660A is a requirement for 600 level Candidates before the Readiness for Clinical Practice or Matriculation evaluation as their first required “Case Presentation by Guest Analysts” course, and before taking any of the other Presentations by Guest Analysts courses.  The course is taken twice at the enrollment level as R660A and R660B and must be taken again at either the Matriculation level (R760) or at the Readiness-for-Control level (R860).  Tuition is charged for each series. 

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

R665: Professional Ethics in Psychoanalytic Practice

The ethics course addresses the dilemmas commonly encountered in clinical practice concerning boundaries and boundary violations, confidentiality, competence, illness, exploitation, relationship with colleagues, and other related topics. Discussions will be based on material brought in by the participants and on the American Psychoanalytic Association Ethics Case Book, a compilation of fictitious cases illustrating the many ethical dilemmas confronting clinicians.  Required for RCP.

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

IPT: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Technique

This course deals with engaging the patient in the analytic treatment and putting into process the structures of treatment. It starts from the point of entering treatment, the initial interview, establishing a therapeutic alliance and frame and understanding the nature of the patient’s and therapist’s conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings.  Required for RCP.

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

RPT1: Psychoanalytic Technique I

This course focuses on the use of psychoanalytic concepts in clinical work and is based on candidates’ cases. Listening analytically, understanding unconscious communications and engaging patients in the treatment process are some of the areas addressed. (Replaced CP701, then CP2).

Prerequisite:  Candidates must have patients to discuss.

RPT2: Psychoanalytic Technique II

This course covers the practical and technical aspects of psychoanalytic treatment, from various theoretical perspectives, as candidates continue to develop their professional analytic selves. Class participants introduce issues and problems from their own clinical experiences, and discuss weekly required readings as they relate to such topics as: beginning treatment, treatment dynamics, conscious and unconscious processes, transference and countertransference dynamics and basic management issues.  (Replaced CP701, then CP2). Prerequisite: RPT1 unless the candidate was exempted upon enrollment.  Should be taken as soon as possible after RPT1.

RPT3: Psychoanalytic Technique III

This course covers the clinical implications of multiple perspectives in psychoanalysis. Developmental considerations in conceptualizing a therapeutic stance will be discussed. The class discussions and assigned readings will be integrated with the candidates’ case presentations.  (This course replaced the former R712.)

Prerequisite: RPT2 unless the candidate was exempted upon enrollment.

RPT4: Psychoanalytic Technique IV

This course utilizes candidate cases to introduce the structure of the psychoanalytic situation and the beginning phase of treatment. Topics include comparisons between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, manifestations of transference, transference neurosis and resistance, free association and the use of the couch, the therapeutic alliance and acting-out.  (This course is the equivalent of the former R713.)

Prerequisite: RPT3

RPT5: Psychoanalytic Technique V

This course will address the application of the processes studied in RPT4 to the difficult patient, the borderline and narcissistic individual–and differentiates between the opening, middle, and termination phases of treatment. Multiple theoretical points of view are considered in formulating a therapeutic stance and the varied bases for analytic technique. Concepts such as analyzability, the use of self, and the ability to symbolize are studied, along with their impact on the analytic process and on countertransference.  Candidate case material is used to illustrate and provide clinical focus for discussion.

Prerequisite: RPT4.

R703: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Ego Psychology/Structural Theory

This course begins with the historical perspective of the four phases of Ego Psychology and Structural Theory, studying the works of Hartmann, Spitz, Anna Freud and others. It then proceeds to the evolved contemporary mainstream work of Gray, Busch, et al. “Ego Psychology” is a psychoanalytic developmental object relations theory that now encompasses aspects of drive and structure, as well as internalized object relations, and its implications for therapeutic action.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

R704: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Object Relations

This course provides and introduction to the British Object Relations theorists, including the works of Fairbairn, Balint, Guntrip, and Winnicott. The object relations model is distinguished from the classical intrapsychic model through clinical case material illustrating interpretations drawn from both theoretical models.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

R705: Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment Implications of Self Psychology/Intersubjective Theory

This course reviews the evolution of Self Psychology within psychoanalysis, developing basic concepts such as self-object transferences, empathic introspective mode of listening and a redefinition of narcissism. The course will explore contemporary developments in self psychology and examine where the theory fits into the relational perspective of psychoanalysis.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

R706: Psychoanalytic Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment of Borderline Pathology

This course is a study of the aetiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment of the borderline patient. Characteristic defenses, such as splitting and projective identification are discussed in relation to the unique transferences, resistances and countertransferences associated with borderline conditions. Readings include the theoretical views of Kernberg, Kohut, Giovacchini, Searles, Fonagy, Bromberg and attachment theorists.

Prerequisite:  Matriculation.

R708: Analysis of Transference and Countertransference

From both historical and differing clinical perspectives, this course explores the contributions that both the analyst and the analysand bring to the transference situation.  Topics such as transference neurosis, therapeutic alliance, varieties of transference and countertransference, the role of cultural factors, and relevant techniques for working with transference will be addressed.  Clinical presentations will be integrated with theoretical considerations.

Prerequisite:  Matriculation.

R710: Psychoanalytic Research Methodology

The research course is designed as an introduction to the literature and methods of empirical psychoanalytic research. The course will focus upon research approaches to issues confronting psychoanalysis both as an approach to understanding mind and as clinical practice.  Psychoanalytic research deals with affirming the validity of the discipline of psychoanalysis and can be divided into four domains: outcome research, process research, developmental psychoanalytic research, and conceptual research.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

R718 Sociocultural Influence on Development and Psychopathology

This course delves into the effects of sociocultural factors derived from ethnicity, nationality, race, class, and gender on configurations of the self, early development, and the salience of certain kinds of psycho-pathology. It further covers treatment issues involving resistance, transference, countertransference, modes of communication, and the structuring of the psychoanalytic relationship as these vary among patients from diverse cultures.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

R760: Case Presentation by Guest Analyst (6 sessions)

See course description for R660A and R660B.

R801: Case Presentation by Student Analysts I

In a workshop format, candidates learn how to conceptualize and to organize a psychoanalytic case. The course explores the creation of a clinical narrative, the candidates role in the narrative, and theoretical conceptualizations of the unfolding narrative. Special emphasis will be placed on how to make the treatment presentation come alive.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

R802: Case Presentation by Student Analysts II

This seminar prepares candidates for final Case Presentation. It focuses on the organization, presentation, and theoretical discussion of ongoing psychoanalytic treatment. Candidates take turns presenting cases. The instructor may assign readings relevant to the application of psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of personality problems and their treatment.  This course should be taken at the end of the curriculum and during the candidate’s second Control Analysis.

Prerequisite: R801.

R803: Relational Psychoanalysis

A comprehensive overview of the Relational School of psychoanalysis will be presented.  Special focus will be given to the works of Stephen Mitchell, Robert Stolorow, Lewis Aron, and Irwin Hoffman.  Topics such as social constructivism, intersubjectivity, and the problem of gender are emphasized.  The broad implications of a relational approach to analytic practice will be examined, particularly the changes in the way analysts think about and work with countertransference. The course concludes with a discussion of future directions in relational thinking.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

R804: History of Psychoanalytic Thought

This course traces the development of major post-Freudian psychoanalytic ideas, the model of the psyche, the concept of the unconscious, the use and function of language, and the role of determinism and theories of cure.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

R807: Continuous Case Seminar

Case material from an analysand currently in treatment with a seminar member will be presented for ongoing detailed follow-up and discussion.  The patient will be selected on the basis of usefulness for delineating transference-countertransference issues, dynamics, and aspects of technique. The aim is to help candidates integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical understanding in making technical interventions and interpretations. Specific interests of the participants will be addressed along with relevant readings. It is highly recommended that candidates enrolling in R807 understand the need for process recording with their patients, either during or after their sessions, to enable seminar members to follow the patient; and that they be seeing patients in treatment at least three times weekly.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

R809: Advanced Dream Analysis

Advanced Dream Analysis focuses on post-Freudian contributions to the analysis of dreams. Theory and technique are explored from different psychoanalytic perspectives. Topics covered include: contemporary emphasis on the manifest content, the primary process, and the dream context. In addition, self-state dreams, the implications of REM dream research, and initial dreams will be studied. Candidate presentations are integrated with the theoretical readings.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

R860: Case Presentation by Guest Analysts (6 sessions)

See course description for R660A and R660B.

Course Descriptions – Electives

Candidates may take as many electives as they wish, assuming that they meet the prerequisites for the course.  However, effective fall 2013, only one of those taken before RFC will count towards the requirement of 4 electives.

E803: Theodor Reik Guest Lectureship

This course is offered periodically with topics and Instructors chosen by MITO.  The topic varies from year to year. (6 sessions)

Prerequisite: Enrollment.

E805: Gender Development: Psychoanalytic Theory of Male and Female Development.

The course reviews traditional theories of male and female development and re-examines these in the light of gender theory.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E809: Psychoanalytic Theory of Psychosis.

This course explores psychotic organization as conceptualized by theorists such as Freud, Federn, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, Elkin, Green, and Grotstein. The relevance of psychotic dynamics for various “disorders of self” (e.g., borderline, narcissistic, schizoid) is discussed. The main focus is on psychotic patterns and psychoanalytic ways of presenting and understanding them. The central question for the course is “What can psychosis tell us about psychoanalysis, and psychoanalysis about psychosis?”

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E810: Seminar on Freud’s Famous Clinical Cases.

From Anna O. to the “Wolf Man,” Freud’s great clinical-literary masterpieces will be reviewed for their usefulness in understanding the theoretical issues occupying Freud at the time of their composition. The clinical issues of these cases will be discussed for their significance to analytic technique.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E813: Seminar on Masochism.

Readings and clinical material highlight the psychoanalytic under-standing of the development and place of masochism in personality and psychopathology.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E814: Contemporary Development in Kleinian Theory and Technique.

Clinical application of Kleinian concepts to the psychoanalytic process will be discussed in relation to the works of Betty Joseph, Edna O’Shaughnessy, Hanna Segal, and other contemporary Kleinians.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E816: Narcissism.

The issue of narcissism is examined with a focus on theoretical considerations and clinical cases. Among the theorists studied will be Sigmund Freud, Heinz Kohut, Otto Kernberg, and Bela Grunberger.   The seminar is aimed at helping the student understand the concept of narcissism from several different theoretical perspectives and the various implications for technique.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E817: Advanced Seminar on Character Analysis and Treatment of the Character Disorders.

The seminar on character analysis focuses on character and character traits as viewed from various theoretical perspectives.  Course topics include: the development of character; fantasy, as it contributes to character; differential diagnosis and treatment implications. Also discussed are the implications of the analyst’s character on treatment.

The usefulness of the concept of character is highlighted in working with resistance, transference, and countertransference.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E820: Current Literature on Psychoanalytic Technique

Psychoanalysis aims at obtaining certain results. This seminar studies methods of technique and their possible results. That is, questions such as “How does this intervention or interaction produce that result?” will be explored. Current readings from professional journals are discussed.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E825: Seminar on Symbolization and Creativity

The seminar focuses on symbolization in primary and secondary process thinking as manifested in dreams, metaphors, fantasies, and creativity.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E827: Independent Study of Psychoanalysis

The candidate conducts an individual research project on a significant theoretical or clinical aspect of psychoanalysis, with the prior approval of the Dean of Faculty and Curriculum. A detailed outline with bibliography should be submitted to the Dean when requesting this course. The completed project will be evaluated by the candidate’s instructor. Credit for one course is given.  The usual tuition is charged.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E831: The Psychoanalytic Approach to Psychosomatic Pathology

Psychoanalysts have long known that early pathological object relations and psychic conflict contribute to the causation and maintenance of many physical symptoms and conditions for which medical treatments alone are often inadequate to effect improvement.  Topics include early object relations and their regulatory function, family pathology, somatization as metaphor, alexithymia and resistance. Conditions covered will include neurasthenia and chronic fatigue syndrome, anorexia, colitis, infertility, impotence, eczema, asthma, and others. Case material and treatment techniques will be discussed.

Prerequisite:  Matriculation.

E832: Inductions, Seductions:  Through a Dark Mirror

Participants explore the creative use of projective identifications, role inductions, and the technique of mirroring unconscious material. The class combines a participatory atmosphere and an emotional/cognitive integration of theory and technique.

Prerequisite:  Open to all candidates.

E833: Seminar on Depression

This course explores the clinical issues and theoretical perspectives involved in the psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of depression.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

E850: Fantasy and Unconscious Process

Clinical applications of unconscious fantasy and its role in the organization of patients’ associations are reviewed. Among other topics, this seminar studies the way unconscious fantasy manifests itself in the session, the criteria for interpretation, the relation of unconscious fantasy to transference and countertransference, and the relation between unconscious fantasy and the patient’s actual life history. Readings from Arlow, Boesky, Grossman, and others.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E864C: Contemporary Theories in Psychoanalysis: Introduction to Bion

Selected concepts from W. R. Bion’s work will be explored as drawn from his writings on alpha function, beta elements, dream work, catastrophe, faith, knowledge, love hate, psychosis and the psychoanalytic attitude. The course covers Bion’s use of literature, mysticism, mathematics, mythology, and philosophy as integral parts of his psychoanalytic approach. How his life experiences fed his psychoanalytic vision, opening new kinds of experiencing, will also be explored.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E864D: Contemporary Theories in Psychoanalysis:  Introduction to Lacan

The purpose of this course is to present a basic understanding of Lacan’s concepts from clinical and theoretical perspectives. The course will place Lacan in the history of the psychoanalytic movement and describe his relationship with the International Psychoanalytic Association. Some of his most basic formulations will be illustrated with clinical examples from Freud’s cases analyzed by Lacan and from the instructor’s and candidates’ own clinical cases.

Prerequisite: Readiness-for-Control.

E866: Lesbians in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

The course is designed for analytic candidates who work with lesbians and who desire a deeper understanding of the clinical differences between lesbian and heterosexual women.  Theory, case studies, and the writings of lesbian and heterosexual analysts will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

E867: The Homosexual Male in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

The course is designed for analysts who are working with or who intend to work with homosexual males. Both theory and the clinical implications of working with homosexuality in men will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

E868: Seminar on Attachment Theory

This course will introduce candidates to some of the major ideas offered by attachment theorists.  Concepts such as attachment categories, secure base and reflective function will be studied with a view toward integrating this perspective into clinical psychoanalytic work.

Prerequisite: Matriculation.

E872: Writing Psychoanalysis

This course explores a range of issues concerning personal, theoretical, clinical, ethical, and practical aspects of writing and publishing psychoanalytic articles.  Discussions and readings address motivations, anxieties, and fantasies, as well as methodological considerations such as topic selection, research, organization and development of ideas, editing, literature review, journal submission and revision protocols.  Also examined are confidentiality, ethical risks and responsibilities, transference-countertransference implications and professional benefits.

Prerequisite:  Open to all candidates.

E873: Psychoanalysis and Family/Couple Relationships

This seminar, rooted in psychoanalytic inquiry, explores how psychoanalytic theory illuminates an appreciation of family (and couple) functioning.  By examining major psychoanalytic models (including ego, object relations, self-psychology and attachment theory), the course sheds light on the “bridge” between psychoanalysis and significant “family-oriented” processes at individual, couple and child-in-family levels.  The class augments psychoanalytic interest in child development, couple functioning, intergenerational transmission, and the role of the child vis-à-vis unconscious and conscious family projections and dynamics.  Pertinent literary contributions will complement analytic contributions.

E882: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory of Trauma & Dissociation

The dissociative model of the mind, interpersonal neurobiology, and attachment research offer congruent understandings and perspectives on the contemporary psychology of trauma.  Aron, Bromberg, Howell, Schore, Siegel, Van der Kolk, Wallin and others consider multiple self-states, the implicit unconscious, and brain/mind/body aspects of PTSD.  Clinical implications will be discussed.

Prerequisite:  Readiness-for-Control