The Problem with “Feeling Good”: On Psyche and Evidence

Instructor:  J. Todd Dean, MD

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Todd Dean (508x800)Dates: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: At the Institute,  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level: Advanced

Fee: $180

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

In this class, we will discuss the ways in which psychoanalytic evidence can be understood, and how it can be seen as standing in opposition to the approaches to mental health diagnostics and treatment that are more commonly thought of as “evidence based.”  Further, we will pursue this project by looking at psychoanalytic literature that is strongly influenced by the work of Jacques Lacan.  Thus, the two main themes of this class:

  1. To be able to think about evidence as it pertains to a psychodynamic approach to mental health.
  2. To be able to apply Lacanian theoretical concepts to the practical issues involved in psychodynamic treatment.

The objectives for the individual sessions of this class are:

  1. After this session, students will be able to critique concepts of evidence used to support different approaches to mental health care.
  2. After this session, students will be able to make meaningful distinctions between the premises for psychiatric diagnoses in the DSM-5 and in psychoanalytic formulations.
  3. Students will be able to formulate clinical objectives based of the therapist based on psychodynamic theory in contrast to behavioral theory, and be able to discuss the implications of these objectives.
  4. In this class, students will be able to apply the insights gained in this course to decision-making in specific clinical vignettes.


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