Spring 2019 Courses

Saturday Class Schedule: January 12, 26;  February 2, 9, 23;  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;  April 6, 13

First Period —  9:00 am – 10:15 am
Tx9: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Organizations, Leadership and Organizational Consultancy

     Instructor: Wally Fletcher, DMin
     Location: PSP Library

Beginning with Freud and Bion, psychoanalysis has made rich contributions to the study and treatment of organizational and leadership dynamics and dilemmas. Building on an overview of the psychodynamics of organizations and leadership, this course will focus on helping organizations, leaders, and consultants face some of the big challenges of our times like: dealing with momentous change, agile strategic planning, conflict management and creating adaptive collaborative leadership culture. This foundational course will also provide opportunity for interested participants to explore future courses, supervision and other resources for advancing their work with organizations and leadership.

MD3: Human Maturation and Development, Part I, Conception to Age 2

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

This course explains the constitutional and environmental factors in the first stages of life that contribute to or inhibit maturation.  This class provides the student with 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, thus providing a frame- work to begin to assess and investigate questions about where a patient might present on an emotional—developmental continuum.  Class discussion is intended to offer an opportunity to develop empathy with patients by re-experiencing those feelings that are lived in one’s own life and with one’s family of origin.  Driven by student participation informed by the assigned readings, the class is conducted in an environment where student-therapists can each learn in his or her own way and at his or her own pace.

Second Period — 10:25 am – 11:40 am
TH5: The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique, Part I: From Ferenczi to Spotnitz

Instructors: Wally Fletcher, DMin
Location: PSP Library

Although Freud was a prolific writer his specific writings on technique were limited to a few “technical papers” that opened the way for creative elaboration, debate and expansion. This course will focus on the evolution of psychoanalytic technique from early days to the beginnings of Modern Analysis. Particular attention is placed upon the following key issues:

  1. The basic ‘set up’ and ground rules for effective psychoanalytic treatment
  2. Approaches to dealing with transference, countertransference and resistance
  3. The uses of interpretive, educative and interactional techniques in psychotherapy
  4. Attempts to broaden the range of human problems for which psychoanalysis can offer effective help; and the ways these attempts influenced psychoanalytic technique. 
TH1: Modern Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment, Part II

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.

CD1: Culture and Diversity in Psychoanalysis

Instructor: Aleisa Myles, PsyD
Location: Executive Director’s Office

This course will help students strengthen their cultural sensitivity and explore issues of power, privilege, oppression, and prejudice as
they pertain to clinical practice. We will examine multiple dimensions
of identity, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age,
and disability status. Students will have the opportunity to discuss
how culture and diversity emerge in transference, countertransference, and the therapeutic process.

Thursday Class Schedule: January 17, 24, 31;  February 7, 21, 28;  March 7, 14, 21, 28;  April 4, 11

Thursday Noon — 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
S1: Case Presentation Seminar (conducted via video conference)

Instructor: Ms. Lisa Correale, LCSW, NCPsy

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.

(Matriculated students need to attend all 12 meetings to receive credit for presenting 1 case and attending 14 presentations.)

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

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.