Open Analytic Theory Classes

NOTE:  Late registration fees apply June 2+

*Distance Learning is available  for those living outside the St. Louis metro area for all courses except where noted.

“For most mental health professionals, the graduate training experience does not fully prepare one to be a skilled, knowledgeable and confident therapist. While we continue to learn from our patients throughout our professional lives, we believe that advanced formal training is crucial to our efforts to provide the highest level of clinical competence.  (These) programs are designed to enrich psychotherapeutic skills and to provide a background in psychodynamic principles and the theoretical basis of clinical work.”  — American Psychoanalytic Association

Each year, the Institute opens several courses in the training program to non-candidates.  Graduates of an advanced Psychotherapy program (such as the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program affiliated with the Institute or comparable training programs), individuals in psychiatric training programs, academics with a research interest in the area, along with Advanced Analytic Candidates and Faculty of the Institute may apply to take these open courses.

Up to eighty (80) class sessions, but no more than five (5) courses, successfully passed, taken as Open Classes, can count toward Analytic Training.

For the 2017-18 Academic Year, the Open Analytic Theory Classes include:

2nd Year Classes:

Transference/Countertransference (8 sessions)
Instructor: Chester Smith, MEd, LPC
Dates: 3/16/2018-5/11/2018 *Fridays 1:15-2:30 p.m., Institute Classroom A
Course Fee: [Non-candidate registration after June 1st $512] [Candidate registration after June 1st $480]

Transference, countertransference, and resistance are primary areas of focus throughout the duration of all psychoanalytic work.This course will be broken down into three sections to allow us to spend time examining the literature on transference, countertransference, and then on resistance. The course will explore aspects of positive and negative forms of transference and their impact on treatment. We will examine how countertransference can be helpful in better understanding the patient’s inner world along with how it impacts the interactions between analyst and patient. The role of resistance in the treatment process will be addressed including ways that resistance can disrupt the work of psychoanalysis and ways of working with resistance in the analytic setting.

4th Year Classes:

The Body in Psychoanalysis* (8 sessions)
Instructor: Linda Gibson, MD
Dates: 1/12/2018-3/9/2018 *Fridays 1:15-2:30 p.m., Institute Classroom B
Course Fee: [Non-candidate registration after June 1st $512] [Candidate registration after June 1st $480]

The very birth of psychoanalysis is tied to the study of Emma’s cough (i.e. conversion hysteria or the symbolized body) and the psychoanalytic drive is that elusive chameleon linking body and psyche, the earliest form of representative activity based on somatic excitability. The body functions as a template (Freud’s famous “the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego”), a reservoir (trauma and the actual neuroses), a defensive structure (Bick’s second skin and Yarom’s somatic shelters). Yet, in spite of all these psychoanalytic acknowledgements of the varied, crucial roles the body occupies in psychic life, I believe, too often the body seems to be stalled at the consulting room door while only the “psyche” or the “relationship” is allowed admission. What might result if we were to regularly bring the body into practice and not only into theory? Therefore, as we view the body and its roles in theory (McDougall, Ferrari, Aisenstein, Anzieu, Miller, Aulagnier) we will also attempt to translate the theory into day-to-day practice.

Prerequisites: Core Concepts and Freud   *Interview with course instructor Linda Gibson, MD, required as part of application process. Distance Learning is NOT available for this course.

Integrative Theories (8 sessions)
Instructor: Britt-Marie Schiller, PhD
Dates: 3/16/2018-5/11/2018 *Fridays 1:15-2:30 p.m., Institute Classroom B
Course Fee: [Non-candidate registration after June 1st $512] [Candidate registration after June 1st $480]

In this course we will study two psychoanalytic thinkers who, dissatisfied with linearity of thought, seek to maintain standpoints embedded in a variety of psychoanalytic models of the human mind and human development.

Hans Loewald draws on the ideas of Hartmann, Mahler, Winnicott and Kohut to create his own unique blend. As he puts it, “Much can be said for an oscillation between such various standpoints, as perhaps in their juxtaposition and combination lies the secret of success in understanding more about the conflicted and ambiguous creatures that we are.”

Thomas Ogden seeks out a dialectical interplay and tensions between opposing elements that stand in dynamic and changing relations to each other. In elaborating a conception of analytic intersubjectivity and the analytic third he draws on and integrates the ideas of Klein, Winnicott, and Bion.

Prerequisite: Models of the Mind

*Course dates are subject to change.  Applicants will be notified if sessions are altered. 
An annual PEP fee of $65 will be charged to each participant. Upon acceptance a 10% or $150 (whichever is the lesser amount) non-refundable advanced course fee will be charged. Remaining course fees will be billed by semester. Each semester is 16 weeks long.

For a complete list of course descriptions for previous open classes, click HERE.


Questions?  Contact Cathy Krane, 314-361-7075 x 323,