Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Illustrating Core Concepts Through Cases


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Note: This is a 6-part workshop series that will take place online, LIVE via Zoom. Sessions will be held on the second Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm Eastern Time (U.S.), and full, virtual attendance at each session is required for CE credit. Specific Zoom log-in details will be emailed to registrants the week before the series begins. For general Zoom help, visit our Online Workshop Information Page.

This 6-session workshop series is designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an emphasis on learning and exploring via therapist-client case illustrations. For some participants, this may be the first exposure to contemporary analytic therapy. For others who were briefly exposed to classical models of analysis, this course will bring you up to date on the evolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique. An overarching aim of this series is to share analytic concepts and understandings that will deepen your work as a clinician. The course begins with an overview of the core dimensions of a psychoanalytic model of the mind, its research-based understanding of therapeutic action, and key features of all analytic therapies. Each workshop session will explore a key concept or principle in dynamic treatment and link it to practical interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own material in class and discuss how to apply what is being taught to their current clinical work. This will clarify the unconscious phenomena about which we are learning and will also imitate aspects of a weekly case conference, an essential feature of analytic education.

Session 1 (January 10, 2022): Time-travel and Psychoanalysis’s place in the 21st century: A brief overview of the schools of psychoanalysis.

-Core Dimensions of a Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind

-Key Features of Analytic Therapies

Session 2 (February 14, 2022): Let’s get it started: Why the setting you create and maintain is essential for deeper engagement.

-Participant Case Material: Client first sessions

Session 3 (March 14, 2022): Our Dynamic Unconscious: How do we listen for unconscious communications, wishes, fears, desires, and fantasies?

-Participant Case Material: Dreams

Session 4 (April 11, 2022): Right here, right now: No need to dredge: how patients tell us about their wounds, their developmental setbacks, and their traumas.

-Participant Case Material: Patient’s report of family life and caregiving relationships

Session 5 (May 9, 2022): Defenses and Resistance: how to enlist patients in collaborative exploration of how their unique minds work.

-Participant Case Material: Client Defenses

Session 6 (June 13, 2022): How did it come to be that we feel this way?: Catching hold of Transferences and Countertransferences and making good use of them.

-Participant Case Material: Transference/Countertransference


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the co-evolution of psychoanalysis with advancements in developmental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with major schools of psychoanalysis.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of a psychoanalytic model of the mind.
  • Identify core psychoanalytic concepts that have withstood the test of time.
  • Explain psychoanalytic concepts and phenomena that are validated by empirical research.
  • Utilize tools for psychodynamic assessment and case conceptualization.
  • Apply practical strategies for creating an environment facilitative of patient’s self-expression and deep engagement in psychotherapeutic process.
  • Create a framework for understanding how traumatic experiences, including racial traumas, tell their stories through symptoms, the body, and characteristics of patients.
  • Select interventions for increasing reflective capacities and psychosocial functioning in all psychotherapy patients.
  • Identify defense mechanisms and illustrate how to make use of them in the therapeutic context.
  • Analyze unconscious communications as we review participants’ process notes.
  • Assess techniques for working with intense patient transferences.
  • Utilize methods for transforming bewildering “countertransference” feelings into effective interventions.

Difficulty Level

For advanced practitioners. This workshop series is targeted toward those with clinical experience post-Masters, -graduate, or -residency. The content will be most applicable to therapists with complex clinical cases to draw on. Current graduate students or residents may be accepted with special permission from Avant Training and/or the instructor.

Registration and Attendance

Registration for this workshop series is a commitment to six 2-hour workshop sessions. Full CE credit is only offered for attendance at all 6 sessions. One missed session for exceptional circumstances will be allowed pending instructor/program approval and with adjusted CE credit. Space is very limited and this workshop series will NOT be recorded.

Continuing Education Credit – 11 Hours

  • APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • GSCSW –  This workshop series is approved for Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval #110321.
  • LPC, LMFT- Related hours

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