The Professional Development Program at the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is a new program targeted toward Psychoanalysts, Candidates, and Advanced Candidates. The Professional Development Program coordinates with the Institute’s Curriculum Committee to plan individual programs. Topics include cutting edge knowledge and newly published materials in the field of psychoanalysis, as well as studies on ways to achieve our psychoanalytic mission of effective psychoanalytic teaching, training, and treatment.
Professional Development is designed to enhance learners’ competence through energizing and engaging discussion with colleagues about new psychoanalytically informed theory and through the sharing of clinically useful information about working with patients. We find that competence is enhanced when we are continuously enriching ourselves and our ongoing clinical practices through learning and sharing new information and clinical outcomes.
This year our topics are: The Busch Series, a three-session course (Oct 13, 20, 27, 2020) by leading author Fred Busch, focusing on a new understanding of common ground of knowledge in the psychoanalytic field and fresh perspectives on learning to manage transference and countertransference; The Study Group on the Unrepresented Mental States, focusing on ways to identify and manage certain mental states; and our Retreat: Institute in Transition, focusing on organizational change from a psychodynamic perspective.
The Busch series: This course is designed to provide clinical practitioners with a fresh perspective on ways of working psychoanalytically with patients. The idea of “common ground” encourages practitioners to look at many ways of working with patients and identifying effective principles common to all methods. In this way the course contributes to practice-based learning and to communicating and collaborating with colleagues. ONLY 14 SPOTS AVAILABLE. More Information HERE.
Study Group on Unrepresented Mental States: This study group is the result of clinical work with several patients whose capacity to access the chain of representation, symbolization, and verbal connections has proved both challenging and exceptionally intriguing. The primitive mental states alluded to here are inscribed in the mind but not necessarily represented. Making contact with and facilitating development of these states of mind remain somewhat mysterious and lay at the frontier of our clinical theory and technique. Using the text, “Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning,” as a springboard for learning and discussion, we will take stock of current theoretical and technical considerations in working with non-neurotic patients and areas of mind where psychic representation remains absent or weak. The text is comprised of 12 chapters from 11 different authors and builds on the seminal works of Freud, Bion, and Green. ONLY 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE. More Information HERE. Society Members who wish to register for the Study Group, click HERE. Non-Society Members can register HERE: