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Psychodynamic Theories: Themes, People and Applications

Faculty: Drs. Christine Dunbar and Rex Kay


Dates: October 22, 23 & December 10, 11, 2010


Psychoanalysis is often described at the ‘science of subjectivity.’ In a century-long history psychodynamic theorists have produced one of the most creative and nuanced models of the human mind, and of what happens when two minds interact in psychotherapy. In this workshop we will review essential psychodynamic concepts including the dynamic unconscious, transference, and countertransference; and central theorists including Freud (Sigmund and Anna), Klein, Winnicott, and Kohut. We will use film clips and abundant clinical material to bring ideas amd controversies to life and make them relevant to the daily practice of all psychotherapists, especially when working with difficult patients. No prior acquaintance with psychoanalytic theory is required.


As an added bonus registrants will receive a complimentary copy of 'One Hundred Years of Psychoanalysis, A Timeline: 1900-2000' by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Christine Dunbar.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand important psychoanalytic concepts and central ideas of key psychoanalytic theorists
  2. Apply psychoanalytic theories to clinical work, especially with challenging patients
  3. Appreciate and work with complex themes and emotions in psychotherapy
  4. Enhance listening at multiple levels to make therapeutic clinical practice more intellectually and emotionally meaningful and transformative for both therapist and patient

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