The Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders
The purpose of this course will be to explore some of the evolving psychoanalytic perspectives about trauma, dissociation and the treatment of related symptom constellations. An object relations and relational orientation will be offered, as well as inclusion of techniques including cognitive-behavioral components to be used adjunctively in the psychoanalytic treatment of traumatic affective states, attachment and behavioral patterns. This course will be offered as an elective.
Relational Psychology Sequence
A year-long sequence of Relational courses is proposed that will review relevant theories, clinical issues and technical considerations that are regarded as relational.
Since Relational Psychology represents an effort to bridge several theories that are relationship-focused (e.g. Interpersonal theory, Object Relations, Social Constructivism, Intersubjectivity, and Self Psychology), the course readings in this sequence will reflect essential ideas from these relationally-based theories.
The sequence will begin with a focus on the concept of One-Person and Two Person psychologies. This will be followed by a study of intersubjectivity that will include an examination of the analytic literature regarding the subjectivity of an analyst. An examination of the concept of mutuality and the dialectical relationship to autonomy occurring in the analytic relationship will follow.
The next trimester will begin with an examination of the term "enactment" and will concentrate on enactment, interaction, and projective identification in the Relational analysis. The controversies and dilemmas involved in analyst's self-disclosure will be included. We will consider the evolution of the concepts of transference and countertransference in a relational treatment.
The final course in this sequence will be devoted to clinical process within a Relational Paradigm.
Intro to Neuroscientific Approaches to Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
In recent years neuroscientific discoveries like neuroplasticity (changes that occur in the organization of the brain) and the neurogenesis (growth of our neurons), have scientifically validated the effectiveness and ability of psychotherapy in general, and psychoanalysis in particular, to literally change the brain. This course will review the emerging research in neuroscience as it relates to psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic theories will be compared with current neuroscientific developments and the clinical implications will be explored.
Integrating Theoretical Models
Using clinical material presented by candidates, students will discuss how one can integrate a mixed model approach in understanding the clinical material presented and discuss its application to treatment.
As a newly licensed profession in New York State, it behooves psychoanalysis to test clinical experience against theoretical concepts that may be outmoded. The course will discuss underlying assumptions of research designs, review past research and discuss the pros and cons when generalized research is compared to the following of a clinical case.
This course will highlight the basic ethical issues of clinical practice with case examples from the students. Issues such as Duty of Care, Informed Consent, Confidentiality and Licensing and Code of Ethics will be discussed.
Termination and Endings: Issues of Context and Process
The goal of this course is to consider the vicissitudes of termination in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Is it ending and/or beginning? Is it attachment and therefore individuating from an attachment perspective? Is it a repeat of earlier abandonment traumas? Should patients ever leave us? What is it like to always be left or on the verge of being left? Is it Approachment or Reapprochment? These are some of the important issues for us to look at in our work, and ourselves, around the reality of endings in our analytic work.
Students are expected to write a case presentation to be presented in the spring semester of their fourth year which should reflect an understanding of and compilation of their four years of psychoanalytic study. The subject of the case should be a patient seen three times per week for a minimum of two years and should include clinical as well as a theoretical understanding of the patient. Students will receive a certificate of completion in psychoanalytic training at the end of their four years of study.
Requirements for Certificate of Completion
All candidates who are accepted into the training program are qualified to take all courses. If, however, a candidate fails to take a required course during the course of his/her training, he or she will be required to make up that course before being granted a certificate of completion. If a candidate does not complete the course work for a particular class, he/she might be required to repeat that course.