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Continuing Education for the Professional Community

Continuing Education Courses for
Mental Health Professionals ...

All classes will be held at the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

From Textbook to Consulting Room:
Understanding Contemporary Kleinian Theory
Gary Hirshberg, MSW, LCSW

Saturdays, September 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fee:  $160
Credit Hours:  7.5
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This five-session course is designed for experienced mental health professionals who have been in practice and are looking to expand and deepen their clinical acumen. We will read some of the pillars of Kleinian theory to both understand what it is and sharpen our abilities to use this metapsychology in more meaningful ways. Each class period we will look at clinical material provided by the instructor to further explore how Kleinian theory translates within a clinical practice.

1.    Discuss the concepts of good and bad object and how they relate to the patients unconscious fantasy life.
2.    Explain the two basic positions in Kleinian theory: paranoid/schizoid and depressive, and how they show up in the patient’s inner life.
3.    Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of total transference and how the clinician uses this in treatment.
4.    Apply an understanding of Kleinian theory in the treatment of narcissism.
5.    Analyze how Kleinian theory shows up in case material.
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Understanding Adopted Adolescents
Chester Smith MEd, LPC

Tuesdays, September 30; October 7, 14, 2014
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $100
Credit Hours: 4.5
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Adolescence presents special challenges to the adolescent, the parents raising them, and to therapists treating them. Adoption brings its own special challenges to each stage of development. This course will focus on how the issues associated with having been adopted can further complicate the developmental tasks of adolescence. Attention will be given to ways to intervene when adoption issues impact upon the adolescent's striving towards adulthood.

1.    Describe how a history of relinquishment/abandonment, attachment disruption with the birth mother, and other factors leading up to adoption can influence developmental progress leading up to adolescence.
2.    Define and discuss the developmental tasks of adolescence.
3.    Discuss how the experiences associated with having been adopted can complicate and disrupt successful achievement of adolescent developmental tasks.
4.    Identify ways of intervening with adopted adolescents.
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Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy
Richard Zeitner, PhD

Saturday, November 22, 2014  9:00 a.m.-Noon and
Tuesdays via Distance Learning December 2, 9, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee:  $150
Credit Hours: 6.0
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This four-session course (one double session and two single sessions) is designed for experienced mental health professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge and clinical expertise in the application of object relations theories to their work with couples.  Increasingly today psychoanalytic therapists are being called upon to assist their patients with their troubled relationships.  Although this course will focus primarily on applying theory and technique to couple therapy, it will also assist participants to better understand the unique dynamics of intimate relations, offering a way of understanding one’s individual patient as that patient and therapist together explore the patient’s relationship difficulties.

1.    Describe and differentiate the constructs of the selfdyad and joint marital personality, and discuss implications for the treatment of the couple.
2.    Discuss how the presented model of couple functioning alters more traditional individual psychoanalytic models and why this alteration is essential in treating couples.
3.    Discuss the implications of selfobject and projective identification and their technical implications for working in the clinical setting with couples.
4.    Discuss the importance of attachment and sexuality, and their implications for the transformation of the self.
5.    Discuss those unique features of couple therapy technique that pertain to managing aggression, dealing with affairs, sexuality, and the vicissitudes of transference/countertransference.

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Windows into the Therapy Process
Stuart Ozar, MD, and Melissa Scolaro, MA, MSW

    Wednesdays, January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 11, 2015
    7:15-9:15 p.m.
    Fee: $225 (book fee included)

    Credit Hours:  14

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    For 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. 

    We 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:

    1. Identify characteristic aspects of clinical material.
    2. Clarify the relationship of theory to clinical practice.
    3. Describe various phases of treatment.
    4. Describe the experience and use of transference and countertransference.
    5. Define the concepts of conflict and compromise formation.
    6. Describe multiple models of psychological functioning.
    7. Describe the spectrum of psychodynamic treatments.
    8. Begin to assess suitability for psychodynamic treatments.
    9. Describe various types of defensive operations.
    10. Describe the emotional challenges experienced by psychotherapists.
    11. Describe the reasons why a therapist's personal therapy is important.
    12. Describe what is meant by the concept of psychotherapeutic frame.

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