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Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Program Co-Directors:  Martha Stark, MD, and Andrea Celenza, PhD

These exciting new programs will enable licensed mental health professionals and other quali­fied students to pursue an innovative and rigorous course of study with a distinguished nation­al and international faculty. The focus will be on interweaving the most current theoretical advances in psychoanalytic thought with best practices in the clinical domain. Beginning in February 2015, two courses—using the latest models of pedagogy—will be featured every spring and every fall. Each course will be offered as a month-long online series of four one-hour recorded lectures and corresponding readings available to the student 24/7. In additions, each core course includes faculty facilitated email threaded discussions and a final one-hour webinar. This training model will allow students to participate from any location for enrich­ing and stimulating study with senior faculty. In addition, interspersed around the core course options will be a series of online presentations by distinguished luminaries.

What Where Is Psychoanalysis - Classic Concepts New Meanings

Online: February  2-27, 2015
Andrea Celenza, PhD, instructor

This course traces the history of psychoanalytic theorizing and technique from classical posi­tivist, one-person conceptualizations to a relational, two-person, intersubjective engagement. This trajectory is designed to highlight selected basic concepts from both classical and con­temporary perspectives, examining the epistemological underpinnings of each as psychoana­lytic theorizing is transformed throughout its history. Each topic is covered from an historical vantage point to establish a foundation of the concept as it was originally conceived. Then these concepts are reformulated through a postmodern lens with a resultant discussion of the changes that ensued due to the transformations of theory and technique. Readings have been selected that represent seminal moments in the history of psychoanalytic thinking, marking a turning point, an elaboration of the concept, or an alternative view in order to expand your knowledge of the issues and debates in the history of the concept. In many cases, the papers we will discuss are those currently being debated in the ongoing evolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the differences between classical and contemporary psychoanalytic stances in relation to their patients
  2. Describe the ways in which psychoanalytic theory and technique varies across time (historically) and space (geographically)
  3. Discuss the various meanings of transference and countertransference as well as trace how these concepts changed over time, especially through differing epistemological lenses

Andrea CelenzaAndrea Celenza, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School; faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (forthcoming) and Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts. She is Co-Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.

PPP15-1 | 18 CE Credits | $450 
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Good Stuff - Courage Gratitude Generosity Forgiveness

Online: April 3-May 1, 2015
Salman Akhtar, MD, instructor
Usha Tummala-Nara, PhD, teaching assistant

This course will be delivered over four one-hour long sessions. The first session will focus on courage, the second on generosity, the third on gratitude, and the fourth on forgiveness. In each of these sessions, developmental origins of the respective capacities as well as their psychopathologic variants will be discussed. Illustrative vignettes from daily life, culture at large and clinical work will be presented in all four sessions. While developmental and psycho­pathological concerns will be raised, the emphasis will remain upon the application of these insights to conducting psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Learning objectives:

  1. Differentiate between fearlessness, courage, and counterphobia
  2. Enumerate the pathological syndromes of generosity
  3. List the pathological syndromes of gratitude
  4. Demonstrate how to empathize better with patients having difficulty with forgiveness
  5. Employ the forgoing insights to improve clinical skills

Salman AkhtarSalman Akhtar, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is currently the Book Review Editor of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. His nearly 300 scientific publications include 16 solo-authored books, Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), The Damaged Core (2009), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), and Sources of Suffering (2014). Dr. Akhtar is, most recently, the recipient of the prestigious Sigourney Award (2013).

PPP15-2 | 18 CE Credits | $450
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Spring 2015 Luminary Online Program

These four (4) one-hour online presentations are taught by the faculty in our Luminary Series and represent a distillate of their cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

Working at the Intimate Edge

Online: March 9-20, 2015

Darlene EhrenbergDarlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, Author, The Intimate Edge: Extending The Reach Of Psychoanalytic Interaction; Training and Supervising Analyst, and teaching Faculty, William Alanson White Institute, Supervising analyst and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, Faculty, Mitchell Center for Psychoanalysis, Supervising analyst Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California; Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

LS15-1 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Mutual Vulnerability - An Ethic of Clinical Practice

Online: May 4-15, 2015

Lew AronLew Aron, PhD, Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Founding President, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); Co-founder and Co-chair, Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research; Honorary Member, William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society; and Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

LS15-2 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Relational Freedom

Online: June 1-12, 2015

Donnel SternDonnel Stern, PhD, Training and Super­vising Analyst, Teaching Faculty, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, New York City; Adjunct Clinical Professor and Clinical Consultant, New York University Postdoc­toral Program in Psychotherapy and Psycho­analysis; Founder and Editor, "Psychoanalysis in a New Key" Book Series; Board of Direc­tors, International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

LS15-3 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Contrasting Psychodynamic Approaches to Hysterical and Obsessive-Compulsive Personalities

Online: June 15-26, 2015

Glen GabbardGlen O. Gabbard, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse; Training and Supervising Analyst, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.

LS15-4 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Additional Distinguished Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Beatrice Beebe, PhD
Jessica Benjamin, PhD
Patrick Casement, MA
Jay R. Greenberg, PhD
Adrienne Harris, PhD
Edgar A. Levenson, MD
Joseph Lichtenberg, MD
Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD
Nancy McWilliams, PhD
Allan Schore, PhD
Evelyne A. Schwaber, MD
Martha Stark, MD
Drew Westen, PhD


Latino Mental Health Program

Latino Mental Health Program

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