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Fall 2017

October

Zero to Six: Understanding the Inner World of Young Children from Infancy through Kindergarten

Coursemaster:  Edmund Sprunger, MSW

Dates: Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2017

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $150

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 9.0 Credit Hours

This course has been approved for clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry. To receive these clock hours, you must include your MOPD ID number when registering.

This course explores the powerful emotions behind behaviors. The practical and useful classes feature topics such as the developmental accomplishments during the early years of life, and the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play during these years. Additional topics include understanding traumatic issues in the life of a child–such as divorce, loss of a parent, or loss of a sibling–and the ways in which culture affects the process of trauma, symptoms, and recovery. We will also explore the inner experiences of children who are adopted or in foster care. A particular focus of the course will be applying an understanding of childhood development to the participants’ work experiences.

 


Understanding Anxiety in Our Children

Presenter:  Barbara Milrod, MD

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium  9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

Fee: $25 per person non-Credit Hours; $35 per person for Credit Hours/Certificate  (non-refundable)

 This program, when attended in its entirety,  is offered for 2.0 Credit Hours

 This course has been approved for clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry. To receive these clock hours, you must include your MOPD ID number when registering.

Anxiety in children is normal.  But there are differences in how anxiety presents itself, and in the levels found in both children and adolescents.  Dr. Milrod will describe these various presentations and discuss consequences of untreated anxiety as well as various approaches to identification and helping children with anxiety.  You will learn about the various aspects of anxiety, including the psychodynamic, developmental, neurochemical, environmental, and cognitive issues that all influence Anxiety and Panic Disorders. Identification of need for treatment will be parsed from more routine, ubiquitous anxiety.

For educators, parents, and others who deal with children, Dr. Milrod will discuss ways of handling more run-of-the-mill anxiety.

For Mental Health Professionals, Dr. Milrod will help us understand the variety of treatment methods for Anxiety Disorders, and specifically address the important contribution of psychodynamic therapies in helping our anxious children.


 

The 2017 I. H. Cohn Lecture

Re-Dawning of the Veil

with Nilufer Yalman, PhD

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $25 (Non-refundable)

In today’s world, with its very complex social events, culture clashes, suspicions of anything “different,” it is helpful to have insights to discovering the meanings behind actions and beliefs.

Psychoanalysis, which beams a laser-sharp focus on the “why,”  offers certain unique theoretical tools which, when applied to these complex social events, might provide the potential to understand them better.  One of those topics, the recent upsurge in the veiling of women, will be discussed by our speaker, Nilufer Yalman, PhD, a psychoanalyst and a woman raised in the Turkish Republic, a secular country, which exercised the law of laicite — a complete separation of religious identity and affiliation from public space: “In public you don’t have a religion. You are a citizen of the Republic.”

Are current veiling practices truly a sign of the Muslim world’s clash with modernity and subsequent turn to “fundamentalism,” or something more?

Dr. Yalman will examine this question, and put forth that contemporary practice of veiling is neither a return to traditional Islamic theology, nor about the oppression of women in the Islamic world. It more likely indicates a statement of individuality and of “otherness.” Psychoanalysis helps us confront our short-sightedness, our own veils. It can help us explore what has become a significant cultural, intellectual, and political challenge.

This promises to be a fascinating evening, taking us into a world different than most of us see on a daily basis, and broadening our understanding of those who may seem different.  We hope to see you there.

 

Exploring White Privilege: Moving Beyond Guilt and Confession

Instructor:  Gary L. Hirshberg, MSW, LCSW

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Course Level:  Intermediate

Fee: $75.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 3.0 Credit Hours

This course is designed for professionals who are working with racially diverse client populations and wish to explore the ramifications of white privilege. This course will seek to move beyond what has become the standard when exploring this topic: white people feeling guilty and confessing their privileged status and people of color being left in the role of dispensing absolution. Individual realizations of privilege are only a starting point, achieving little if meaningful actions do not follow.

November

Psychodynamic Assessment & Diagnosis

Instructor: Andrew Chirchirillo, PhD

Date: Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 2017

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level:  Intermediate

Fee: $180    Textbook Fee (if purchased from the Institute): $53.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 7.5 Credit Hours

This 5-session course will begin with a comparison of psychoanalytic diagnosis with descriptive DSM – 5 diagnosis, then look at the contributions of drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, self-psychology, and relational psychoanalysis to personality assessment.  We will review neurotic, borderline, and psychotic levels of character structure and learn how to apply one’s understanding of different developmental levels of pathology to treatment planning.  The course will also review primary and secondary defensive processes and the therapeutic implications of the following diagnostic character pathology:  Narcissistic Personalities, Schizoid Personalities, Paranoid Personalities, Depressive and Manic Personalities, Masochistic Personalities.

 

Reclaiming the Body in the Age of Virtual Reality: Some Beginnings

Instructor: Linda Gibson, MD

Dates: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

Time:  Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom B  8820 Ladue Rd., 3rdFloor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level:  Advanced

Fee: $190

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 6.0 Credit Hours

As psychoanalytic therapists we are accustomed to dealing with the physical body or soma at a distance via its symbolic manifestations and meanings.  Even though Freud clearly stated that “the ego is first and foremost a body ego”, he did not elaborate beyond sketchy beginnings either a theory or a clinical technique for dealing in a more direct manner with the impact/interaction of the body on the psyche or the psyche on the body.  We will explore the work of two contemporary theorists (Ferrari and Goldberg) who present approaches to understanding and dealing interpretively with mind/body interactions (or lack thereof).

 

The Psychoanalytic Papers of Moisy Shopper: Three Selections

Instructors: Kaye Bock, MSW, LCSW; Jacqueline Langley, PhD; Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

Dates: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 2017

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Fee: $115

Course Level: Intermediate

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Credit Hours

Dr. Shopper has authored many papers in his long career as a psychoanalyst. We have selected three of his papers for a deep discussion about the clinical application of psychoanalytic concepts to development. The papers are on medical trauma, childhood illusions of parental celibacy, and sports.  Discussion of each paper will be facilitated by an analyst who has studied with Dr. Shopper.

 

ARTS & ANALYSIS – Projections Film Series

⇒Her, Friday, November 10, 2017

⇒William Kurelek’s The Maze, Friday, November 17, 2017

This intimate film series has presented a wide array of provocative, intriguing films, each introduced by the discussant, with an informal conversation about themes, issues, and insights following the screening. If you’ve ever left a cinema house asking yourself “Why did he do that?” then this film series is for you.

Limited seating at the Institute, Classroom A.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Show starts at 7:00 p.m.   Come early and join us for light refreshments beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Her

Discussant:  Britt-Marie Schiller, PhD

Friday, November 10, 2017
$15 per person (non-refundable)

In this near-future romance, Theodore falls in love with his computer’s operating system, which calls itself Samantha. The humans around Theodore seem “programmed” in their inability to be attuned or express themselves genuinely. Paradoxically then, Samantha seems, in some ways, more human than they, which raises questions about what love is, how we love, and ultimately, what it means to be human. Focused on the voice, the film inevitably evokes the analytic situation where two people, who only talk, begin to love one another. (2013, 126 minutes)

William Kurelek’s The Maze

Discussant:  Phoebe Cirio, MSW
Friday, November 17, 2017
$15 per person (non-refundable)

This is a documentary about the Canadian artist William Kurelek who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  While a psychiatric patient at Maudsley Hospital, he painted The Maze, what he termed: “the inside of my skull.” The film provides a close examination of the painting, coupled with interviews with Kurelek, some of the staff who treated him in the hospital, and his parents among others. The interviews are paired with the depictions of the person in the painting during Kurelek’s illness. This is a fascinating self-report of the experience of madness, and will provide an opportunity to explore deeply some dimensions of psychotic illness. (2011, 60 minutes)

 

Listening to Trauma: A Psychodynamic Perspective on PTSD

Instructor: Joe Wise, MD

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Veteran’s Day

Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Course Level: Intermediate

Fee: $75.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 3.0 Credit Hours

This lecture will trace the history and theory of psychodynamic approaches to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, starting with Freud’s reaction to WWI through contemporary ideas about trauma.  Clinical vignettes of psychodynamic psychotherapy will be presented of work with Servicemembers/Veterans from the Vietnam era to Post 9-11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There will be discussion of integrating other treatments such as medications, CBT, and referrals for substance disorders.  Dr. Wise will discuss his deployment to Iraq as an Army Psychiatrist.

 

The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is pleased to present the 2017 Paul A. Dewald, MD, Lecture…

Understanding Race, Social Class, and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens

Presenter:  Neil Altman, PhD

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

975 N Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Fee: $25 per person non-Credit Hours; $35 per person for Credit Hours  (non-refundable)

 This program, when attended in its entirety,  is offered for 2.0 Credit Hours

An important evening you won’t want to miss, with nationally recognized psychoanalytic psychoanalyst, clinician, author, and lecturer Dr. Neil Altman

In daily life, much interpersonal understanding and misunderstanding results from the stereotyped assumptions we make, unreflectively, about ourselves and other people based on racial, social class, gender, and cultural/ethnic categories.  Psychoanalytic study of meaning-making processes in the microcosm of the clinical interaction can serve as a model for consciousness raising about how we perceive and interact with each other across these groupings so that we can better address and repair the breakdowns in communication that inevitably occur. Understanding of the psychological functions served in identity formation by the stereotypes we hold, on individual and group levels, can further guide efforts to transcend impasses and ruptures in communication.

This lecture will consider the way the social categories of race, social class, and culture can be understood from a psychoanalytic point of view. Special consideration will be given to the way “whiteness” is constructed in U.S. society, along with the implications for the racial and social class status of various ethnic groups in this country.

The intersection of racial, social class, and cultural categories will be explored, both in psychotherapy and in daily life.

Winter 2018

Windows into the Therapy Process

Stuart Ozar, MD, and Juliana Varela, MSW

For clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a “window” into the process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual clinical material.  Each class will begin with a brief theoretical description of a core clinical concept, followed by the presentation and discussion of material from a long-term psychotherapy process.  We welcome lively discussion, dialogue and debate.

We encourage therapists working from within other theoretical frameworks to take this class. Some knowledge of psychodynamic theory and practice is helpful but not required.

Dates:  January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $275 (book fee included)      14 Credit Hours