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; Donnel Stern, PhD; and Drew Westen, PhD

Earn CE Credits Online in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique — Customize Your Learning Experience

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies @ William James College is an exciting online CE "fellowship" program specifically designed to bring together all licensed mental health professionals interested in pursuing an innovative and rigorous course of study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy 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.

Our state-of-the-art training model will allow students from anywhere in the world and from the comfort of their own offices/homes to participate in these enriching and stimulating continuing education activities taught by our Distinguished Psychoanalytic Faculty.

Students will have the opportunity to customize their own learning experience by combining one or both of our intensive Core Courses (18 CE Credits each) with a broad range of exceptional Luminary Lectures (1 CE Credit each), as described below.

Academic Year (September-June) 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 Core Course.

Andrea Celenza PhD - What Where Is Psychoanalysis-Classic Concepts New Meanings

Online: November 13-December 10, 2017 
Andrea Celenza, PhD, instructor

This course traces the history of psychoanalytic theorizing and technique from classical posi-tivist, one-person conceptualizations to a relational, two-person, intersubjective engagement. This trajectory is designed to highlight selected basic concepts from both classical and con-temporary perspectives, examining the epistemological underpinnings of each as psychoana-lytic 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, or an elaboration of the concept.  By studying the watershed shifts that have occurred in psychoanalytic theorizing, participants will be able to evolve their practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to a higher, more sophisticated level, broadening and deepening their clinical practice.

Andrea CelenzaAndrea Celenza, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School;  Training/Supervising Analyst and Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (2014) and Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts (2007). She is Co-Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of the  Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.

PPP17-2 | 18 CE Credits | $450 
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Martha Stark MD - The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress-From Cursing the Darkness to Lighting a Candle

Online: April 2-29, 2018
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. 

Martha Stark Martha Stark, MD , Faculty, Harvard Medical School;  CEO, SynergyMed for MindBodyHealth; Adjunct Faculty, Smith College School for Social Work; and Former Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author: Working with Resistance; A Primer on Working with Resistance; Modes of Therapeutic Action; The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress; and Psychotherapeutic Moments. She is Co-Director (with Andrea Celenza, PhD) of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.

18 CE Credits | $450

2017-18 Luminary Lectures

An exciting array of one-hour video presentations, available online with open enrollment from September through June.  Each carries one CE credit, and is delivered by an esteemed thought leader in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  Open the tabs below for details on each Luminary Lecture from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.

Lew Aron PhD

Mutual Vulnerability: An Ethic of Clinical Practice

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Lew Aron, PhD, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

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.

LS17-2 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg PhD

Working at the Intimate Edge

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, a faculty member in our Luminary Series and represents a distillate of her cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

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.

PPP17-2 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Patrick Casement

My Psychoanalytic Journey: A Retrospective

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Patrick Casement, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

A highly personal account of my journey as a psychoanalytic therapist and psychoanalyst will be offered.  The interweaving of my personal history along with my career development will depict the various challenges and transformations that made me the clinician and writer I am today.  Case material in anecdotal form and via clinical formulation will be included as pertinent. A trajectory will be traced that follows the ways in which I developed, what I embraced and what I rejected in order to bring to the fore what I believe to be the fundamental principles and values of a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

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. 

1 CE Credit | $45

Glen O Gabbard MD

Contrasting Psychodynamic Approaches to Hysterical and Obsessive-Compulsive Personalities

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Glen O. Gabbard, MD, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

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.

LS17-8 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Frank Lachmann PhD

Contributions of Infant Research to Adult Treatment: Development and Therapeutic Action

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Frank Lachmann, PhD, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

From the empirical studies of mother infant dyads, three principles of organizing experience have been reaped that have life-long applicability. These principles describe how from birth on what we represent and what we remember, how we feel and how we behave are derived from experiences that are co-created by our self in relation to others. When our understanding of early development, transference, and the organization of the mind are applied to psychotherapy we require and acquire a broader conceptual and therapeutic perspective that integrates these principles into effective therapeutic technique.

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.

1 CE Credit | $45

Joseph Lichtenberg MD

Narrative, Meaning & Motivation: From Theory to Technique

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

The lecture will present an expanded view of the role of narrative as a fundamental building block of development and assert that infants form mini-stories from their lived experience. The role of narratives, stories and story-telling will be applied to clinical practice.

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.

1 CE Credit | $45

Allan N Schore PhD

Creativity in Psychotherapy: An Adaptive Function of the Right Brain Unconscious

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Allan N. Schore, PhD, a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

Neuroscience authors are now contending that the capacity of humans to be creative is revealed whenever we generate original ideas, develop novel solutions to problems, or express ourselves in a unique and individual manner. A large body of studies now shows that the right brain is central in these functions. Dr.Schore will offer an interpersonal neurobiological model of creativity in the psychotherapeutic context, in both patient and therapist. As examples he will describe the critical role of the clinician’s right brain creativity when working with affects, especially in joint enactments, in spontaneous play and co-creativity in the processing of novel interpersonal information within the therapeutic alliance, in the patient’s expanding tolerance for interpersonal novelty and psychotherapeutic change, and in the development of therapeutic expertise.

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.

1 CE Credit | $45

Donnel Stern PhD

Relational Freedom

This one-hour online presentation is taught by Donnel Stern, PhD,  a faculty member in our Luminary Series, and represents a distillate of his cur­rent thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

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.

LS17-7 | 1 CE Credit | $45
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Martha Stark, MD
Andrea Celenza, PhD