DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARIES OF COURSES
REGISTRANTSIntroduction to Ethics:Registrants will take a three session introduction to ethical principles for psychoanalysts. The seminar stresses the boundaries of the psychoanalytic relationship.
FIRST YEARFreud I, 1893-1909:The development of psychoanalysis is presented through an historical review of Freud’s writings in three courses, two in the first year and one in the second year. This course begins with Freud’s early case studies, clinical formulations and self-analysis. It proceeds through the study of dreams, slips and jokes and the theory of the mental apparatus to the later case studies and the theory of sexuality.
Technique Ia:This seminar is an introduction to the psychoanalytic situation and the psychoanalytic space. In the context of studying the development of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to contemporary writers, similarities and differences between psychotherapy and psychoanalysis will be addressed. The psychoanalytic space will involve a consideration of the practicalities of an analysis: schedules, fee setting, room arrangements and other less tangible aspects of the analytic milieu. A short paper on an analytic topic of one’s choosing may be required.
Freud II, 1910-1917:This course covers Freud’s major papers written between 1910 and 1917, exploring the developments in his theory that led eventually to his creation of a new model of the mind: the structural theory. The papers from this period concern the increasing complexity of the topographic model, the role of reality in the formation of intrapsychic structure, and the centrality of the Oedipus Complex as a mental structure. In addition, during this critical period, Freud created developmental models for object relations, narcissism, and morality. This course is organized around the question of what additions to the topographic model led to its becoming an inadequate theory of the mind.
Technique Ib:This early course in psychoanalytic technique is especially focused on the psychoanalyst’s perceptual field, the psychoanalytic attitude, intersubjectivity and the duality of transference-countertransference. Technique Ib moves from the assessment of the patient’s analyzability to the opening and early phases of a psychoanalysis. Participants examine how the psychoanalytic dialogue and process are initiated and sustained by the patient and analyst. The course provides the first opportunity to learn how to present and listen to a clinical psychoanalysis. Members of the class will present the beginning of their first analyses and an advanced candidate will present the initial phase of an ongoing psychoanalysis.
Freud III, 1919-1930:The course begins with the concurrent development of the theory of aggression and the structural theory, proceeds through the reformulation of masochism and the monographs and papers elaborating the structural theory (including anxiety and defense) and ends with a review organized around some major systematizing papers.
Psychopathology I:Psychoanalytic theories of psychopathology are presented in three courses, one in the first, one in the third, and one in the fourth years. Each course will cover a specific group of clinical syndromes and disorders. This course begins with an overview of psychoanalytic perspectives on psychopathology, followed by discussion of neurotic symptom formation, hysteria, dissociative states, conversion symptoms and somatization.
SECOND YEARPsychoanalysis and Human Development:This course, taught in three trimesters, will follow the various strands of psychic life in regards to infancy, latency and adolescence. The course will focus on the key differences in domains of development across childhood and adolescence. Specifically, the course will organize around six functional domains: 1) the building of an object world (attachment and social relationships); 2) the building of a self; 3) emotion regulation and impulse control; 4) problem solving, abstract thinking and decision making; 5) understanding the body; and 6) building a capacity for fantasy and imagination.
The course will utilize developmentally oriented theoretical writings as well as clinical cases and films, and examples from the literature of normal and abnormal development.
In addition, direct observation of children in normative and clinical settings will serve as a “laboratory” to facilitate thinking along functional domains that cross developmental ages and stages. Observational experiences will be age-based and linked to the particular age of focus for that trimester. Each observational setting and opportunity will be guided by a framing orientation about how to observe around functional themes and the opportunity to reflect on the observations with a psychoanalyst or psychoanalytically oriented clinician present in the different observational settings hosting the candidates.
The course will extend the developmental perspective into the various phases of adulthood, taught in a fourth trimester, during the THIRD YEAR. Psychoanalytic views of adulthood will be studied.
Theory of Dream Interpretation:This seminar is centered on a close reading of “The Interpretation of Dreams.” The seminar will also address technical issues in dream analysis.
Psychoanalytic Theory I:This is the first of two courses in psychoanalytic theory, one in the second and one in the fourth year. This seminar builds on and integrates the material from the four Freud reading courses. It provides a summary of the fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis as understood in the American tradition of ego psychology. Concepts such as the unconscious, defense and the formation of psychic structure will be discussed. Structural theory will be reviewed in detail.
Continuous Case Seminar I:An ongoing analysis, preferably one recently begun, will be presented by a student. Clinical material will be discussed with emphasis on technical aspects.
THIRD YEARPsychopathology II:This course will cover psychoanalytic perspectives on the obsessive neuroses and personality disorders, depression and mood disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic disorders and borderline personality disorders.
Continuous Case Seminar II and III:Psychoanalytic cases will be presented by students in one and one-half hour sessions at weekly intervals. The purpose is to provide group discussion of the detailed clinical problems arising in intensively followed cases.
Analytic Writing I:This course is an introduction to clinical psychoanalytic writing. Over the length of the course, candidates will write up portions of a case for discussion in each class. A model of reporting will be used that places detailed accounts of process within the context of the analysis as a whole. Topics relevant to clinical writing such as process notes, disguise, confidentiality and the ethics of clinical reporting will be discussed. The course will also address issues in writing the graduation essay, the application for certification and articles for publication.
Continuous Child Case:This seminar examines psychoanalytic technique as it is adapted to the developmental level and needs of the child. Basic principles of technique regarding transference, resistance and defense are discussed.
Technique II:This is a continuation of the course begun in the first year. Seminar discussions will deal with the later phases in a psychoanalytic treatment in their theoretical and practical aspects, – development of the transference neurosis, possible problems of counter-transference, modifications of classical technique and their indications, the theory of curative action of psychoanalysis, techniques of interpretation, the later phases and termination of treatment, etc. Relevant literature will be assigned.
FOURTH YEARPsychopathology III:This course will cover psychoanalytic perspectives on narcissistic personality, perversions, gender identity and psychotic states.
Continuous Case Seminar IV and V:These courses are substantially the same as the courses given in the third year, although cases of greater complexity and cases presenting special challenges may be chosen for presentation. On occasion, a borderline patient may serve as the focus for discussion of the indications for and methods of employing technical modifications.
Psychoanalytic Theory II:This second consideration of theory focuses on the way in which theory is conceptualized by different psychoanalytic traditions. Whereas the first seminar dealt with fundamental theoretical questions from the perspective of ego psychology, the second seminar deals with these issues from the perspective of comparative theory. Self psychology, object relations and relational approaches will be studied and used as multiple vantage points for evaluating the usefulness of particular theoretical ideas.
FIFTH YEAREthics:This seminar allows for a more comprehensive consideration of ethics than possible in the introductory course. Topics for discussion include conflicts of interest, sexual and non-sexual boundary violations, countertransference and the impaired analyst.
Analytic Writing II:This seminar will continue the focus on writing case reports and begin the concentration on the psychoanalytic essay. It will meet monthly for two hour sessions during the academic year. Each participant will complete a writing project and present drafts of their work to the group throughout the course. Writing for certification and for publication will also be discussed.
Technique III:This course will deal with special problems in clinical psychoanalysis selected by the candidates in consultation with the instructor.
Continuous Case VI, Termination:This seminar will examine theoretical and clinical aspects of termination in conjunction with the presentation of a terminating phase of psychoanalysis.
ABOVE FIFTH YEAR:Candidates who have completed the required five years of coursework shall take two electives per year until graduation.
ELECTIVES:Candidates take electives in the third, fourth and fifth year of classes. Candidates in the Child Analysis Program may, if they wish, take two of these required electives from the Child Analysis Program and the other two from the general electives offered. After the fifth year, candidates must take two electives each year until graduation. Candidates may not repeat electives that they have already successfully completed for credit. With the approval of the Education Committee, a faculty member may jointly offer an elective as a course in the Institute and in the Society’s extension division.
Elective courses vary from year to year and several are offered in anyone year. Examples of electives offered in recent years include: Psychoanalytic Process and Technique Study Group, Clinic Committee, Integration and Differentiation throughout the Life Cycle, On Therapeutic Actions in Psychoanalysis, Choosing Analysands: What Works?, An Introduction to British Kleinian and Independent Schools, Literature and Psychoanalysis: Shakespearean Tragedy, Topics in Kleinian Theory and Technique, the Work of Jonathan Lear, Ph.D., The Body and Psychoanalysis, and The Writings of Hans Loewald.