Lectures & Seminars
Our Lectures & Seminars encompass a wide range of topics for Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals and community lectures of timely interest. Here’s what’s happening in our 2019-20 academic year — simply click on the title for more details and course objectives:
Carol Robinson, MEd, LPC, NCC
Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 25, 22, 29, March 7, 2020 9:00 a.m.- Noon Fee: $120+$60 Resource Fee 24.0 Credit Hours
This workshop is aimed to help participants “get more comfortable being uncomfortable” and will be a supported dive into our co-constructed racial realities. We will provide information on the definition and historical underpinnings of Anti-blackness in American culture. We will use psychoanalytic writings as well as additional sources to explore and discuss the ways in which psychodynamic/psychoanalytic thought conceptualizes racial minority mental health in general and work with African Americans in particular. Participants will have opportunities to explore their own ways of understanding and interacting with African American individuals through introspective journaling and case presentations.
Sundeep Jayaprabhu, MD
Thursdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 2020 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fee: $120 4.5 Credit Hours
What does it mean to become human? If the human condition involves struggling with authenticity, passion and meaninglessness, what does it mean to help patients address these and other existential issues in a psychoanalytic practice? After a brief introduction to definitions of existentialism, the themes of existentialism will be explored by primarily focusing on the writings of Camus, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Nietzsche. The works of Dostoevsky and Kafka and will also be considered. The point of this course will be for clinicians to understand what these existential writers are saying and their relevance to our daily work. A basic understanding of psychoanalytic principles will be assumed in the interest of time. Available for distance learning; contact the Institute or see website for details.
4th Annual Child Development Conference – CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER’S HEALTH CONCERNS
with Donald Spivak, MD
Part of the Centene Charitable Foundation Speakers Series
Monday, February 17, 2020 – Presidents’ Day 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (on-site check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Cost: $65 (Non refundable) 6.5 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.
People who work with children are increasingly finding themselves having to think about the ways in which children develop and express their sense of gender. Parents and teachers often have questions about why a child may choose to dress in clothes that don’t conform to their birth sex, or want to be called by a different name. The adults in the lives of these children often wonder how best to understand the child and support their development in ways that allow for creativity as well as successful management of conflicts and of differences. The responses to these concerns are not always obvious, but our understanding of gender and the variations in its expression throughout the life cycle has greatly expanded. We have also come to understood much more about sexuality: how it develops, how it intersects with gender, and how it is expressed and used.
This program is designed to offer clear, coherent, and current information on the development of sexual and gender identity which will enable these adults to support development of the child and support their sense of self-worth. Because these are topics that are accompanied by uncomfortable feelings, participants will be able to use the information presented to help alleviate their own anxieties along with enhancing their abilities to understand children and youth.
Rev. Linda A. Horrell, MDiv, MSW
Tuesdays, February 25, March 3, 10, 2020 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fee: $90 4.5 Credit Hours
In this class we will explore ways to understand and interpret the symbolic content of children’s play. This is aimed at early career therapists, early childhood educators,
counselors, social workers, and others who work with children. The goal is to examine child’s play and increase the rewards and benefits of working with children and their families.
The first class will help the participants examine his or her own child focused environment and discuss what is play as a non-verbal and verbal act?
The second class will examine vignettes of child observations that are in different stages of development. We will open the questions of what is the child saying and not saying.
The third class will examine the questions of how to interact and interpret what the child might be doing with his or her play. We will consider developmental help and thoughts on the co-creative process. The reading of brief papers by child analysts and infant observers will be discussed to support the topic of each class meeting. Available for distance learning; contact the Institute or see website for details.
Marco Posadas, MSW, RSW
Thursday, February 27, 2020 7:00 p.m. Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
This interactive evening will explore how Freud’s conceptualization of the term neutrality was culturally influenced, and embedded with internalized racism.
The program will describe an anti-oppressive approach to neutrality, that attempts to highlight the usefulness of neutrality as a way of not-othering patients who are people of color, and/or LGBTQ identified. This anti-oppressive use of neutrality de-colonizes and opens up the room to understand the concepts of “blank screen,” and “opaque mirror,” as racialized/racist enactments when working with such patients.
Emerging Psychoanalytic Training in Modern-Day China
Thomas Campbell, MD
Friday, March 6, 2020 7:00 p.m. $25 – non-refundable
The study and practice of psychoanalysis has extended its reach from its birthplace in Europe, across the Americas, Canada, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and is now entering China through the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA). Institute Faculty Member Thomas Campbell, MD, a psychoanalyst based in Nashville, will share his first-hand experiences in how American psychoanalysts are reaching into China to train, and supervise, a new generation of psychoanalytically informed psychotherapists who will be able to practice in China.
Thomas F. Barrett, PhD
Saturday, March 7, 2020 9 a.m.-Noon Fee: $50 3.0 Credit Hours
As Psychoanalysis has evolved in the 21st Century, psychoanalysts have grappled with how to broaden the application of psychoanalytic theory and technique in community settings to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders. As strategies have been sought to supportively intervene with the mental health, learning, and behavioral problems of the general population, Consultee-Centered Consultation, informed by psychoanalytic theory, has evolved as a framework for working with professionals and para-professionals providing a range of caregiving and educational services to persons of all ages.
Contrasting with Client-Centered Consultation, in which a consultant is “called in” to evaluate and problem-solve regarding a particular client or clients of a program—a model inherently hierarchical and prescriptive, Consultee-Centered Consultation focuses on supporting the providers of care, education, and service, to enable them to be more empowered, confident, and effective in work that can often lead to frustration and burnout. A growing body of research supports how regular and ongoing consultation, intermittently provided to such providers leads to enduring improved job performance and satisfaction and also leads to improved outcomes realized by the clientele which they serve.
Bernard Feinberg, MD
Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, 2020 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fee: $125 4.5 Credit Hours
Betty Joseph has been influential within the Kleinian tradition. Her approach to listening and interpretation is based on the idea that the wish to change and mature often goes hand in hand with the opposing satisfaction that comes with holding onto the current state of affairs, even when the situation is a painful one. Joseph was sensitive to the variety of subtle pressures placed on her by patients to join them in repeating familiar interactions. By focusing on moment-to-moment sequences in individual sessions, as well as by taking a ‘second look’ at longer blocks of treatment, she was able to offer her patients fresh and helpful observations about their unconscious efforts to get her to think, act and to interpret in predictable ways.
Working in this way may include making interpretations with which the patient strongly disagrees. Accordingly, her clinical theory challenges the very prevalent tendency to accompany interpretations with explanations based on the patient’s remembered history of his childhood.
Jacqueline Langley, PhD
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2020 7:00-8:30 Fee: $120 12.0 Credit Hours
One of the most challenging journeys for both girls and boys is their transition from childhood to adolescence. This course will look carefully at this journey, contrasting the line of development of the healthy adolescent with the adolescent who experiences a more difficult and darker course that could lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self mutilation and/or substance abuse. Children in the early adolescent stage contrast widely from those in adolescence proper and late adolescence in their ability to think and reason and regulate their complicated and rapidly changing emotions. This course will address the emotional and cognitive changes occurring from preadolescence, through adolescence proper and then to late adolescence, emphasizing how therapists treating the early adolescent will communicate differently than those who treat the late adolescent. All readings will cover the subjects described above and film will be used as a medium helpful in comparing and contrasting the stages of development discussed in this seminar. Available for distance learning; contact the Institute or see website for details.
Michael Brog, MD
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 2020 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fee: $75 3.0 Credit Hours
Psychotherapists are often challenged with managing the complexities that arise when their patients are prescribed psychotropic medications for the treatment of depression, an event often loaded with impactful meanings and implications for the therapeutic work. This class shall provide a brief overview of antidepressant medications, and review the diverse complications, (including transference and counter transference reactions) that are introduced when antidepressants become a part of the therapeutic mix. Available for distance learning; contact the Institute or see website for details.
Joe Wise, MD
Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:00 a.m. – Noon Fee: $50 3.0 Credit Hours
In the course, an extension from Dr Wise’s discussion of combat trauma two-years ago, we will look at trauma in general, from the perspective of contemporary relational psychoanalysis. The first hour will bring in concepts from attachment theory, Relational psychoanalysis, Self Psychology, and similar approaches which see healing as occurring in the context of relationships, including the inevitable mutuality and co-construction of those experiences. The second half will focus on case examples, including ample time for Question & Answer, and group discussion. Available for distance learning; contact the Institute or see website for details.