Open Analytic Theory Classes

All classes will be held at the Institute.  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 2018-19 Academic Year, the Open Analytic Theory Classes include:

1st Year Classes:

Diversity and Otherness in Psychoanalytic Practice (8 sessions)
Instructor: Anton Hart, PhD
Dates: 11/3/2018- 1/4/2019 * Fridays 10:30-11:45 a.m. (First 2 sessions will be held on Saturday, November, 3rd beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
Course Fee: [Non-candidate $528] [Candidate $504]

This course aims to address issues of racial, ethnic and other diversities in the psychoanalytic situation, approaching them from a perspective emphasizing the analyst’s curiosity, receptive listening and self-reflectiveness (and the cultivation of these qualities in the analysand). The course will examine the central roles of inquiry and openness, and also their obstacles, in considering how emergent differences between self and other may be psychoanalytically explored, engaged and, sometimes, transcended. The course will draw on readings, and on case material provided by the instructor and the participants.

Questions to be considered in this course include: What are the different diversities and how might they be prioritized relative to each other in the psychoanalytic situation? Should the analyst initiate explorations of diversity-related issues, or wait for them to come from the analysand? Are issues of race and other forms of diversity invariably present, even when the psychoanalytic dyad is apparently homogeneous? Is psychoanalysis a “white” discipline? Is it just by and for westerners? Is it inherently elitist, heterosexist, patriarchal, first-world, middle class, materialistic, or narcissistic? How might the answers to these questions matter for how we theorize and how we practice?


Neuroses (8 sessions)
Instructor: Nilufer Yalman, PhD
Dates: 1/11/2019- 3/8/2019 * Fridays 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Course Fee: [Non-candidate $528] [Candidate $504]

This 8-week seminar is designed to familiarize candidates with neurotic level psychopathology and psychopathological entities classically referred to as neuroses.  From the birth of psychoanalysis, Freud understood neurotics (hysterics, obsessionals, phobics) as those who risk experiencing unending symptomatic yearning for what was lost and suffering from psychical conflicts whose origins lie in the subject’s childhood history. Neurotic psychopathology and manifest neuroses is traditionally referred to as being non-psychotic and “higher level” in terms of defensive architecture.

We will study economic, structural, dynamic, constitutional, and adaptive aspects of neurotic states and aim to distinguish these states from other psychopathology that appear superficially similar.

Ethics (4 sessions)
Instructor: K. Lynne Moritz, MD
Dates: 2/15/2019- 3/8/2019 * Fridays 2:45-4:00 p.m.
Course Fee: : [Non-candidate $264] [Candidate $252]

This course will provide a detailed overview of ethical principles for the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy with both adults and children.  There will be special emphasis on the literature of boundary violations.  The instructor is the former chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. 

Trauma (8 sessions)
Instructor: Mary Nielsen, MD
Dates: 3/17/2019- 5/12/2019* Fridays 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Course Fee: [Non-candidate $528] [Candidate $504]

This course will focus on theoretical and clinical aspects of trauma, beginning with a definition of trauma relative to other psychic pathology. We will discuss implicit and explicit memory as they relate to traumatic experience, and the problems of subjectivity and changeability of memory as they affect the practice of reconstruction of traumatic events.  We will also explore the effects of various traumas, including incest, neglect, and wartime experience, on development and symptom formation in children and adults.  Clinical examples will be of adults who have experienced traumas in childhood and adulthood.  Important aspects of work with victims will be reviewed, including common transference and counter-transference phenomena encountered in therapeutic work.

3rd Year Classes:

Neuropsychoanalysis (8 sessions)
Instructor: Stuart Ozar, MD
Dates: 1/9/2019- 2/27/2019 * Wednesdays 7:15-8:30 p.m.
Course Fee: [Non-candidate $528 [Candidate $504]

Freud was originally, and maybe essentially, a neuroscientist. He abandoned neuroscience, realizing that the technology of the time, clinic-anatomic studies, did not allow for investigation of dynamic relationships in the brain. We now have those tools, ones that Freud anticipated and certainly would have used. A new, interdisciplinary field of study has emerged, named by Mark Solms and colleagues, neuropsychoanalysis. This course will introduce students to some of the advances in neuroscience that allow for dynamic models of brain functioning that correlate in striking ways with psychodynamic theories of the mind.

Gender and Sexuality (16 sessions)
Instructor: Don Spivak, MD
Dates: 1/11/2019- 5/10/2019 * Fridays 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Course Fee: [Non-candidate $1,056] [Candidate $1,008]

This course will explore psychoanalytic views on gender and on sexuality. Gender development, gender variations, gender expressions, and working with gender in psychoanalytic treatment will be critically examined and discussed. Psychoanalytic views on sexuality, it’s emergence, multiplicity of expressions, use, and variations will be examined with an emphasis on working with sexuality in treatment.


*Course dates are subject to change.  Applicants will be notified if sessions are altered. 
An annual PEP fee of $70 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,