Fall 2018 Courses

Saturday Class Schedule: September 8, 15, 22, 29;  October 6, 13, 20, 27;  November 3, 17;  December 1, 8

First Period —  9:00 am – 10:15 am
Tx9: Moral Countertransference and Other Ethical Dilemmas

     Instructor: Wally Fletcher, DMin; Marie Hartke, MSEd, NCPsyA; Psp
     Location: PSP Library

This course will address the complicated ethical challenges of psychoanalytic practice today.  In addition to central ethical principles and standards, this course will focus on difficult countertransference and other ethical dilemmas that create moral hazards and stress for therapists.

MD3: Human Maturation and Development, Part III: Far From the Tree

Instructor: Elizabeth Lamb, MSW
Location: Executive Director’s Office

Andrew Solomon, who is a gay child of straight parents, found a curious kinship with members of the deaf community.  While gayness and deafness tend to be considered deficits or illnesses by the (straight and hearing) parents of the gay and the deaf; each is a source of identity and community for gay and deaf individuals. This conundrum, which is shared by parents and children struggling with other physical and mental/emotional differences such as autism, Down syndrome and many others, poses an extraordinary challenge to parenting (an already near-overwhelming task) “different” children.  Is it the task of a good parent to “correct” the difference, or to help the child locate his identity within a community unknown to the parent?

The task of the Modern Analyst, in working with both children and their parents, is similarly complex.  The maturational problems that people have are related to their very early childhood experiences, developmental experiences in adulthood and sources of trauma in their present lives.  This class, along with Solomon, explores how parents with offspring who differ from them—in ability, disability, sexual orientation or other radical ways—approach parenting them, how those various approaches are experienced by the children themselves, and what are the implications for the Modern Analyst.

CP: Case Presentation Seminar

Instructor: Lisa Correale, MSW
Location: PSP Lounge

The purpose of the case presentation is to provide a learning tool for both the presenter and the participants for understanding the unique treatment dynamics in each patient-analyst relationship and how the analyst might proceed using Modern Psychoanalytic treatment methods. This course focuses on the process of choosing a case and writing a case presentation according to the PSP guidelines. Particular attention will be placed on the following key issues:

  • Overcoming resistance to writing the case presentation.
  • Identifying and writing about the patient’s defenses, resistances, and transferences, as well as the analyst’s countertransference.
  • Editing the draft: creating a “snap shot” of the treatment relationship.
  • Presenting the case: the presenter and participants discuss the successes as well as the problem areas in the treatment relationship.

(Meets 6 Saturday mornings each semester, for a total of 12 meetings. Matriculated students need to attend all 12 meetings to receive credit for presenting 1 case and attending 14 presentations.)

Second Period — 10:25 am – 11:40 am
TH5: Ego Psychology and Object Relations

Instructors: Wally Fletcher, DMin
Location: PSP Library

“Thus the shadow of the object fell upon the ego…”                             — S. Freud

“Out of the mouths of babes and infants…”                                      — Psalm 8:2

As Freud’s thought matured, he placed increasing emphasis on the roles of the ego and its relations with internal and external objects in the emotional life of human beings. It was up to the next generation of analysts, however, to develop these themes in ways that profoundly altered and expanded the psychoanalytic landscape. Thus, this course focuses on the pioneering contributions of Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott and Harry Guntrip to Modern Psychoanalytic theory and technique.

 TX1: Modern Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment, Part I

Instructor: Stephen Ellis, PhD
Location: Executive Director’s Office

This course focuses on the beginning stages of treatment and provides an overview of Modern Psychoanalytic practice. Emphasis is therefore placed on assisting clients by helping therapists recognize, verbalize, and tolerate their respective anxieties, fears, and characterological defenses in order to create and maintain a therapeutic relationship.  Particular attention is paid to resolving treatment destructive resistances, establishing a treatment contract, developing the narcissistic transference, and utilizing joining techniques in specific client-therapist interactions.  In addition to readings and lectures, students will have the opportunity to present specific problematic dialogues from cases in order to fashion the most appropriate therapeutic intervention.


Third Period — 11:50 am – 1:05 pm
TR1: Transference and Resistance Workshop

Instructor: Stephen Ellis, PhD
Location: Executive Director’s Office

Primary emphasis is placed on the experiential understanding of transference and resistance as they occur among class participants. In addition, participants become acquainted with psychoanalytic theories of transference and resistance, especially the modern analytic understanding of narcissistic transference frequently encountered in patients and therapists. These workshops also work on resolving resistances to cooperative functioning with fellow students and faculty, and resistances to speaking spontaneously in professional situations.

GRSUP: Group Supervision with Certified Analyst and PSP Society Member, Frank Malone


Wednesday Class Schedule: September 5, 12, 26;  October 3, 10, 24, 31;  November 7, 14, 28;  December 5

Wednesday Night — 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
GR1: Foundations of Group Psychotherapy

Instructor: Janet Castellini, MS
Location: PSP Library

Group analytic therapy, group psychotherapy, and group treatment have a long and rich history of development.  This course surveys the vast literature of the development of the therapeutic use of groups.  It starts with overview of the second scientific revolution and the third psychiatric revolution, then considers various issues and approaches to groups, from World War I work groups, to the Freudians’ struggle to reconcile the differences between individual and group analysis, to the social scientists’ group dynamics, to the observation that pre-oedipal issues are strongly present in groups, to the existentialists with whom most foundation courses are most deeply concerned.  We will touch on a few Modern Analysts, but generally will consider for ourselves the questions raised by the developers of the modality.


Thursday Class Schedule: September 13, 20, 27;  October 4, 11, 18, 25;  November 1, 8, 15, 29;  December 6

Thursday Night — 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
TX5A: Assessment and Diagnosis

Instructor: William Lorman, JD, PhD, MSN
Location: PSP Library

Continuing Education for Counselors and Social Workers

PSP has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6637. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PSP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Participants are eligible to earn CE hours based on the number of groups attended and completion of a brief course evaluation.

The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors has preapproved NBCC as a provider of continuing education courses and programs for Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Clinical Social Workers.

PSP Full Semester Courses provide 15 hours CE credit, or per class attended credit.