For Mental Health Professionals
Continuing Education Courses for
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A Ghost at the Table
Part III -- Beyond the Symptom: When Adolescents Present with Eating Disorders
Linda Gibson, MD
Tuesdays, April 15, 22, 29, 2014
Institute Classroom A
This series is designed to address the needs of experienced therapists working with individuals exhibiting 'disordered eating', especially anorexia nervosa. One therapist has characterized the relationship between his anorexic patient and her mother as "a state of slavery marked by transient rebellion." In many ways that description captures not only the external relationship with the parent(s), but the relationship within the adolescent vis-à-vis her tyrannous appetites. We will explore diagnostic and treatment approaches paying attention to both intrapsychic and interpersonal perspectives. Note: Parts I & II are not prerequisites for this course.
1. Distinguish the anorexia nervosa syndrome from other psychogenic eating disorders.
2. Discuss the various intropsychic and interpersonal aspects of anorexia nervosa.
3. Recognize and utilize the transference and countertransference in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
Clinical Lacan: Fresh Brains
J. Todd Dean, MD
Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 2014 (please note these are revised dates)
Institute Classroom A
For most readers, the complex and ever-changing theories of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan appear to be at far removed from the realities of clinical practice. But, in fact, Lacan gave many detailed readings of clinical case reports by other writers. One of the most interesting of these is a case reported by Ernst Kris. Lacan returned to this case several times after it was first published, changing his perspective on it each time. In this class, we will look in detail at the way in which Lacan reads this case. In the process, we will see how his theorizing is informed by, and in terms effects, the realities of clinical practice. Note: This class is open to mental health practitioners and academic colleagues interested in psychoanalytic theory.
1. Apply Lacan's reading of a clinical case to one's own clinical material.
2. Objectively evaluate how a clinician thinks about his theoretical assumptions.
3. Draw theoretical inferences out of clinical material.
for Licensed Therapists
From a psychodynamic perspective, any patient/therapist pair undertakes a complex process involving both conscious as well as unconscious forces in both participants. Social, cultural and reality factors add to the complexity of the interactions at cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and therapeutically responsive levels. The supervisor can assist the therapist in establishing a formulation of the core conflicts - both conscious and unconscious - presented by the patient.
16 Group Supervisory Sessions
Dates to be determined by each group
Certificate of Participation Awarded Upon Completion
1. Help the supervisee recognize the differences between the patients manifest vs. latent communications and when and how to respond to them based on the overall treatment strategy.
2. Identify patient transferences and therapist's countertransferences.
Participants in this program will be placed into groups of 3 or 4 therapists with an Institute Faculty member or Advanced Candidate as a supervisor. The group will meet weekly, at a time negotiated between the supervisees and the supervisor. Sixteen group sessions will be planned over a five-month period.
Windows into the Therapy Process
Stuart Ozar, MD, and Melissa Scolaro, MA, MSW
Wednesdays January - March 2015
Institute Classroom A
CME/CE: 14 Credit Hours
Fee: $225 (book fee included)
Registration available in the Fall
clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is
that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a "window" into the
process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual
clinical material. Each class will begin with a brief theoretical
discussion of a core clinical concept, followed by the presentation and
discussion of material from a long-term psychotherapy process.
welcome lively discussion, dialogue and debate. While we encourage
therapists working from within other theoretical frameworks to take this
class, we do expect participants to have some knowledge of
psychodynamic theory and practice.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify characteristic aspects of clinical material.
- Clarify the relationship of theory to clinical practice.
- Describe various phases of treatment.
- Describe the experience and use of transference and countertransference.
- Define the concepts of conflict and compromise formation.
- Describe multiple models of psychological functioning.
- Describe the spectrum of psychodynamic treatments.
- Begin to assess suitability for psychodynamic treatments.
- Describe various types of defensive operations.
- Describe the emotional challenges experienced by psychotherapists.
- Describe the reasons why a therapist's personal therapy is important.
- Describe what is meant by the concept of psychotherapeutic frame.
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