Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Everyday Terms

Beginning on October 3, 2018, the International Psychotherapy Institute will present a 12-session course designed for graduate students in a mental health discipline, recently graduated mental health professionals, and beginning psychotherapists who want to know more about the psychoanalytic perspective and its relevance to psychotherapy, daily life, and relationships.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an effective and empirically validated treatment modality for a broad range of psychological complaints and disorders, is a well-developed system of theory and technique that focuses on the role unconscious processes play in the generation of problematic behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

This course, which will include lectures, discussions of readings, and clinical case presentations, will be delivered in everyday language, and will utilize everyday situations to illustrate the utility of thinking in terms of such foundational analytic concepts as the unconscious, defense mechanisms, transference and countertransference, and the role trauma plays in the formation of the mind.

The course revolves around Hannah Curtis’s book, Everyday life and the unconscious mind (2015), which was written with the express purpose of providing a non-technical journey through the basics of the psychodynamic view of human beings and their relations with each other.

This seminar can help participants improve their professional and personal lives by enhancing their understanding of unconscious processes and psychodynamics in many contexts.

Participants can join the live web classes from their computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

03 Oct
The Background to the Conscious and Unconscious Aspects of the Mind
17 Oct
14 Nov
28 Nov
Clinical Case Presentation 1
IPI Program Graduate Presenter
12 Dec
Defense Mechanisms
09 Jan
Remembering, Repeating, Working Through
23 Jan
Clinical Case Presentation 2
IPI Program Graduate Presenter
06 Feb
Envy, Guilt and Shame
20 Feb
06 Mar
Clinical Case Presentation 3
IPI Program Graduate Presenter
20 Mar
the response to transference
10 Apr
Projective Identification

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  • Describe three ways in which unconscious experience influences conscious behavior (For Class #1 The background to the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind)
  • List two ways in which trauma impedes psychological growth and development (For Class #2: Trauma)
  • Identify two different organizations for the mind and compare their associated anxieties (For Class #3: Anxieties)
  • Utilize two key psychodynamic concepts in a case assessment (For Class #4: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • List five common psychological defenses and explain their function and purpose (For Class #5: Defense mechanisms)
  • Discuss two ways in which an individual’s past may not be remembered; explain how a person’s behavior may reveal forgotten memories (For Class #6: Remembering, repeating, and working through)
  • Analyze three different defense mechanisms in a case example (For Class #7: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • Compare guilt and shame and list two features that distinguish them (For Class #8: Envy, guilt and shame)
  • Give an example for each of the following: how transference can function as an impediment to treatment; and how transference can function as an engine of treatment (For Class #9: Transference)
  • Identify and compare two aspects of transference in a clinical vignette (For Class #10: Clinical Case Presentation)
  • Provide one example of applying the technique of countertransference analysis to their own clinical work (For Class #11: Countertransference, the response to transference)
  • Describe the four functions of projective identification (For class #12: Projective Identification)

Course Requirements

Required Reading:
Curtis, H. (2015). Everyday Life and the Unconscious Mind: An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts. London: Karnac.
Recommended Readings:
Shedler, J. (2010). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, American Psychologist, 65(2):98-109.
Levy, K.N., Ehrenthal, J.C., Yeomans, F.E., & Caligor, E. (2014). The Efficacy of Psychotherapy: Focus on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as an Example. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 42(3): 377-421.

Continuing Education Credit

 CE Credit: 12 hours for the full course   

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $360 

Application deadline: September 24, 2018.

Program Chair

James Poulton

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.

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