Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Under the direction of Martha Stark, MD and Andrea Celenza, PhD

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY: Salman Akhtar, MD; Lew Aron, PhD; Beatrice Beebe, PhD; Jessica Benjamin, PhD; Patrick Casement, MA; Andrea Celenza, PhD; Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD; Glen O. Gabbard, MD; Jay R. Greenberg, PhD; Adrienne Harris, PhD; Frank Lachmann, PhD; Edgar A. Levenson, MD; Joseph Lichtenberg, MD; Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD; Nancy McWilliams, PhD; Allan N. Schore, PhD; Evelyne A. Schwaber, MD; Martha Stark, MD; Karen E. Starr, PhD; Donnel Stern, PhD; and Drew Westen, PhD

Earn CE credits online—Customize your learning experience

Our state-of-the-art learning model affords licensed mental health professionals and other qualified individuals an opportunity to earn CE credits online from world-renowned scholar-practitioners, many of whom are not ordinarily accessible for continuing education.

The pedagogical focus of their teaching is on interweaving the most current theoretical advances in psychoanalytic thought with best practices in the clinical domain. Students will customize their own learning experience by combining any number of single-CE credit Luminary Lectures with any or all of our 18-CE credit Core Courses, as described below.

2016-17 Luminary Lectures

An exciting array of one-hour video presentations, each available online for a specific two-week period during the year. Each carries one CE credit, and is delivered by an esteemed  thought leader in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Open the tabs below for details on each 2016-17 Luminary Lecture.

Patrick Casement-My Psychoanalytic Journey-A Retrospective

Available Online: November 9-22, 2015 or April 4-17, 2016 

Patrick CasementPatrick Casement, Author, Learning from the Patient, Learning from our Mistakes, and Learning from Life and others. Patrick Casement is one of the most influential psychoanalysts of this past century. Allied with the British Independents who place relationships, humanity, and an anti-dogmatic attitude at the heart of psychoanalytic work, Casement offers a personal and emotional account of his journey in as a psychoanalyst with unusual honesty and humility. Associate of the International Psychoanalytic Association, Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis (London), Training analyst (retired) of the British Psychoanalytic Society. 

November 9-22, 2015: LS15-5 | 1 CE Credit | $45 | Register Online
April 4-17, 2016: LS16-2 | 1 CE Credit | $45 | Register Online

Allan Shore-Creativity in Psychotherapy-An Adaptive Function of the Right Brain Unconscious

Available Online: March 21-April 3, 2016

Allan SchoreAllan N. Schore, PhD, is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is the author of four seminal volumes: Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self; Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self; Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self; and The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters.

LS16-1 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Joseph Lichtenberg-Narrative-Meaning and Motivation-From Theory to Technique

Available Online: May 16-29, 2016

Joseph LichtenbergJoseph D. Lichtenberg, MD, is Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, past President of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and member of the Program Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including Craft and Spirit: A Guide to the Exploratory Psychotherapies and Sensuality and Sexuality across the Divide of Shame.

LS16-3 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Frank Lachmann-Contributions of Infant Research to Adult Treatment-Development and Therapeutic Action

Available Online: May 30-June 12, 2016

Frank LachmannFrank M. Lachmann, PhD, is a founding faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity; Training and Supervising Analyst, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health; and Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has contributed over 100 articles to the journal literature and is author of Transforming Aggression and co-author of Self and Motivational Systems, The Clinical Exchange, and Infant Research and Adult Treatment.

LS16-4 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg-Working at the Intimate Edge

Available Online: October 10-22, 2016

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.

LS16-5 | 1 CE Credit | $45

Donnel Stern-Relational Freedom

Available Online: November 28-December 10, 2016

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.

LS16-6 | 1 CE Credit | $45
Glen Gabbard-Contrasting Psychodynamic Approaches to Hysterical and Obsessive-Compulsive Personalities

Available Online: January 9-21, 2017

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.

LS17-1 | 1 CE Credit | $45

2016 Core Courses

Each month-long, 18-CE credit course includes four one-hour record lectures viewed online  with corresponding readings available to students 24/7. In addition, each Course will be accompanied by ongoing online “threaded discussions” facilitated by the Instructor and a final one-hour Q&A “live” webinar. Open the tabs below for details on each 2016 Core Course.

Martha Stark-The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress-From Cursing the Darkness to Lighting a Candle

Martha StarkOnline: February 22-March 18, 2016
Martha Stark, MD, Instructor

Long intrigued by the idea that superimposing an acute injury on top of a chronic one is sometimes exactly what the body needs in order to heal, Martha has come to appreciate that, so too with respect to the mind, the therapeutic provision of “optimal stress”—against the backdrop of an empathically attuned and authentically engaged therapy relationship—is sometimes the magic ingredient needed to overcome the inherent resistance to change so frequently manifested by clients with longstanding emotional injuries and scars. And so it is that Martha, over the course of the four weeks, will demonstrate the transformative power of “superimposed” optimally stressful psychotherapeutic interventions specifically designed “to precipitate disruption in order to trigger repair.” By prompting clients to tap into their inborn ability to self-heal in the face of optimal stress, strategically formulated interventions—that alternately challenge (when possible) and support (when necessary)—will therapeutically induce healing cycles of defensive destabilization followed by adaptive restabilization at ever- higher levels of integration, functionality, and resilience.

PPP16-1 | 18 CE Credits | $450
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Lewis Aron and Karen Starr-A Psychotherapy for the People-Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis

Online: April 18-May 13, 2016
Lewis Aron, PhD and Karen E. Starr, PsyD, instructors

Lew Aron
Karen Starr

Inspired by the progressive and humanistic origins of psychoanalysis, Lewis Aron and Karen Starr present a cultural history focusing on how psychoanalysis has always defined itself in relation to an "other"-at first, hypnosis and suggestion; later, psychotherapy. Tracing reverberations of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia, they show that psychoanalysis, associated with phallic masculinity, heterosexuality, and autonomy, was defined in opposition to suggestion and psychotherapy, which were seen as promoting dependence, feminine passivity, and relationality. Aron and Starr deconstruct these dichotomies, leading the way for a return to Freud's progressive vision, in which psychoanalysis, defined broadly and flexibly, is revitalized for a new era.

PPP16-2 | 18 CE Credits | $450
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Andrea Celenza-What Where Is Psychoanalysis-Classic Concepts New Meanings

Online: September 12-October 8, 2016 
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.

PPP16-3 | 18 CE Credits | $450 

Salman Akhtar-Good Stuff-Courage Gratitude Generosity Forgiveness

Online: October 24-November 19, 2016
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).

PPP16-4 | 18 CE Credits | $450

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