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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program:
An Integration of Theory and Practice

Program Co-Directors: Martha Stark, MD, and Andrea Celenza, PhD

This exciting new program will enable licensed mental health professionals and other qualified students to pursue an innovative and rigorous course of study with a distinguished national and international faculty. The focus of the curriculum will be on interweaving the most current theoretical advances in psychoanalytic thought with best practices in the clinical domain. Beginning in February 2014, two courses—using the latest models of pedagogy—will be featured every spring and every fall. Each course will be offered as a month-long online series including four (4) hours of asynchronous lectures and 14 hours of online threaded conversations available to the student 24/7 plus a 12 hour required weekend-in-residence (WIR - all day Saturday and Sunday morning) at MSPP. This training model will allow students to participate from any location and then travel to Newton for an enriching and stimulating weekend of study with senior faculty. Depending upon their interests and needs, students may enroll for either the full two-year program of 8 courses (two courses per semester for four semesters) or portions thereof.

Spring 2014 Core Courses

What, Where Is Psychoanalysis: Classic Concepts, New Meanings
Online: February 3 - 28, 2014 | Weekend in Residence (WIR): March 1 - 2, 2014 at MSPP
Andrea Celenza, PhD, instructor

This course traces the history of psychoanalytic theorizing and technique from classical positivist, one-person conceptualizations to a relational, two-person, intersubjective engagement. This trajectory is designed to highlight selected basic concepts from both classical and contemporary perspectives, examining the epistemological underpinnings of each as psychoanalytic theorizing is transformed throughout its history. Each topic is covered from an historical vantage point to establish a foundation of the concept as it was originally conceived. Then these concepts are reformulated through a postmodern lens with a resultant discussion of the changes that ensued due to the transformations of theory and technique. Readings have been selected that represent seminal moments in the history of psychoanalytic thinking, marking a turning point, an elaboration of the concept, or an alternative view in order to expand your knowledge of the issues and debates in the history of the concept. In many cases, the papers we will discuss are those currently being debated in the ongoing evolution of psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the differences between classical and contemporary psychoanalytic stances in relation to their patients
  2. Describe the ways in which psychoanalytic theory and technique varies across time (historically) and space (geographically)
  3. Discuss the various meanings of transference and countertransference as well as trace how these concepts changed over time, especially through differing epistemological lenses
Andrea Celenza

Andrea Celenza, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School; faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (forthcoming) and Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts. She is Co-Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.

PPP14-1 | 28 CE Credits | $975

Good Stuff: Courage, Gratitude, Generosity, Forgiveness
Online; March 17 - April 11, 2014 | Weekend in Residence (WIR): April 5-6, 2014 at MSPP
Salman Akhtar, MD, instructor
Usha Tummala-Nara, PhD, teaching assistant

This course will be delivered over four 1-hour long sessions. The first session will focus on courage, second on generosity, the third on gratitude, and the fourth on forgiveness. In each of these sessions, developmental origins of the respective capacities as well as their psychopathologic variants will be discussed. Illustrative vignettes from daily life, culture at large, and clinical work will be presented in all four sessions. While developmental and psychopathological concerns will be raised, the emphasis will remain upon the application of these insights to conducting psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Learning objectives:

  1. Differentiate between fearlessness, courage, and counterphobia
  2. Enumerate the pathological syndromes of generosity
  3. List the pathological syndromes of gratitude
  4. Demonstrate how to empathize better with patients having difficulty with forgiveness
  5. Employ the forgoing insights to improve clinical skills

Salman Akhtar, MDSalman Akhtar, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is currently the Book Review Editor of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. His nearly 300 scientific publications include 16 solo-authored books, Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), The Damaged Core (2009), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), and Sources of Suffering (2014). Dr. Akhtar is, most recently, the recipient of the prestigious Sigourney Award (2013).

PPP14-2 | 28 CE Credits | $975

Spring 2014 Luminary Program

These four (4) one hour online presentations are taught by the faculty in our Luminary Series and represent a distillate of their current thinking about the interface between psychoanalytic constructs and the application of those theoretical concepts to the clinical situation.

LS14 | 4 CE Credits | $175
These 4 presentations are part of 1 program and must be taken as a comprehensive whole in order to receive CE Credits.

1. Working at the Intimate Edge
Week of May 5, 2014

Darlene Ehrenberg, PhDDarlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Faculty, Mitchel Center for Psychoanalysis; Author: The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction; Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

2. Mutual Vulnerability: An Ethic of Clinical Practice
Week of May 19, 2014

Lew Aron, PhDLew Aron, PhD, Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Co-founder and co-chair, Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research and Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. Author, A Meeting of Minds.

3. Relational Freedom
Week of June 2, 2014

Donnel Stern PhDDonnel Stern, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, New York City; Adjunct Clinical Professor and Clinical Consultant, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

4. Contrasting Psychodynamic Approaches to Hysterical and Obsessive-Compulsive Personalities
Week of June 16, 2014

Glen Gabbard, MDGlen O. Gabbard, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse; Training and Supervising Analyst, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.

Distinguished Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, MSPP includes:

Beatrice Beebe, PhD
Jessica Benjamin, PhD
Patrick Casement, MA
Jay R. Greenberg, PhD
Adrienne Harris, PhD
Edgar A. Levenson, MD
Joseph Lichtenberg, MD
Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD
Nancy McWilliams, PhD
Allan Schore, PhD
Evelyne A. Schwaber, MD
Martha Stark, MD
Drew Westen, PhD

Updated 12/18/13


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