Freud’s Basic Writings
Instructor: Wally Fletcher, D Min, NCPsyA
Freud summarized his thinking about the human mind and the new discipline of psychoanalysis in two sets of “Introductory Lectures” written 15 years apart. In this course, we will make use of these lectures and other seminal papers to explore Freud’s basic theories and how they evolved over time and with clinical experience.
Human Maturation & Development, Part I
Instructors: Cristiane Irey, PsyD, NCPsyA and Elizabeth Lamb, MSW
This course explains the constitutional and environmental factors in the first stages of life that contribute to or inhibit maturation. This class provides students the opportunity to learn, both intellectually and experientially, about the unfolding lives of human beings. Readings include those derived from the analyses of adults as well as those developed from the direct observation of infants with their mothers. The course emphasizes theories of attachment as they relate to and parallel the development of the therapist-patient relationship and therapeutic interventions. This perspective provides a framework to begin to assess and investigate questions about where a patient might present on an emotional—developmental continuum.
Leadership & Crisis: Modern Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Approaches
Instructor: Wally Fletcher, D Min, NCPsyA
One of the critical tasks of leadership is helping people and organizations deal with the emotional demands of meeting significant adaptive challenges especially in times of crisis. This course will focus on the psychodynamics of crisis and adaptive stress as well as effective leadership and modern psychoanalytic strategies for dealing with them.
This course is for people who are or aspiring to be in varied leadership roles. It is also for clinicians who are or considering working with leaders and organizations as therapists, coaches and/or consultants.
The course will draw upon relevant literature but largely on discussion of case examples presented by class participants. The ongoing COVID-19 and racial justice crises and their special leadership challenges within participants’ work/organizational contexts will also be material for case exploration.
Training and Preparation of the Modern Analyst
Instructor: William J. Lorman, JD, PhD, MSN, NCPsyA
This course examines the process of beginning to work with a client utilizing a modern psychoanalytic frame. Areas that will be studied include: basic analytic processes; the analyst’s preparation; the first session including the therapy contract and money issues; the analyst-patient relationship including issues related to self-disclosure; developing and deviating from the frame; quandaries and other treatment-destructive resistances and the structure of the practice.
Modern Analytic Approaches to Group Treatment
Instructor: Ellen Wright, PhD, NCPsyA
Modern Group, conceived of by Louis Ormont, is a dynamic form of group which offers a theory and technique that address problems of intimacy and love as well as aggression. Applying foundational analytic concepts such as transference, resistance, defenses, and identification—Modern Group utilizes the technique of immediacy to bring issues that cripple group members in the external world alive in the group room. The leader is not the only source of emotional nourishment or wisdom, however. Through the technique of bridging, the leader creates bonds between members thus multiplying the effect of interventions used by the group leader and ultimately making the group itself an agent of change. Using didactic and experiential formats, this course builds upon the knowledge acquired in courses on individual treatment to teach students how to create a cohesive working group, and to start to work with transference and countertransference in the group setting. Special attention will be given to the societal and intrapsychic influences on the leader’s ability to work with issues of gender, race, and sexuality as well as the challenges of working successfully with aggression.
Case Presentation Workshop
Instructor: Lisa Correale, MSW, NCPsyA
Psychoanalytic institutes offer a unique opportunity for students to incorporate didactic and experiential learning into practical application in the psychoanalytic treatment of patients. Concomitant with coursework, and as her psychoanalytic caseload grows, the student develops skills in gathering patient history, assessing and diagnosing, exploring resistances, identifying defense structures and developmental undercurrents, and understanding the patient-therapist dynamics.
The case presentation requirement at PSP is intended to provide a learning tool for both the “presenter” and the participant-audience. During the semester, each student is expected to present sections from the written case material as well as engage in class discussion.