Psychotherapists and Buddhists: Sharing the goal of reducing suffering
Lynne G. Tenbusch, Ph.D.
January 9, 16, 23, 30, & February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012
In this eight week class we will read articles addressing the question of how psychotherapists and Buddhists approach the issue of human suffering. We will explore how each discipline defines the causes of suffering and delineates an approach to alleviating it. Topics to be considered include but are not limited to: how psychotherapy and Buddhism share the intention to address and ameliorate suffering, how they differ, what results can and cannot be expected from each discipline.
Participants will read one chapter or article per week. Class time will be spent discussing the readings within an atmosphere of openness, sharing, questioning and reverie about the weekly topic. In short, this class is intended to create an opportunity for discussion, intellectual ‘stretching’, creative thinking and fun.
The syllabus will be posted as we move closer to the starting date. Requirements include only an interest in the topic, a desire to discuss your thoughts and an openness to the contributions of other participants.
When Money Is Not Just Money - CANCELLED
Lynne G. Tenbusch, Ph.D.
March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012
This four week class will discuss the psychological meaning of money. Material for the course will be clinical examples of how money is used to gratify needs other than financial. Some short readings may be included. The class is intended as an invitation to begin thinking about how money has multiple meanings. Discussions will focus on expanding our understanding of the psychodynamics of money and having fun in the process.
Relational Perspectives In Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - CANCELLED
Karin Ahbel-Rappe, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W.
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & March 7, 2012
In the past several decades, a relational perspective has emerged in psychoanalysis. This perspective does not define a specific theory or technique, but rather describes a wide range of approaches. What they have in common is their conviction of the defining power of relationships. Patient and therapist are not just two people in a relationship; they are significantly defined by the relationship they are in. While traditional psychoanalytic concepts (such as drive, ego, object relations, self) are incorporated, they are reinterpreted as meaningful only in relational context. We will study how the relational perspective developed from more traditional psychoanalysis. And we will consider a sample of relational psychotherapists and place special emphasis on the clinical implications of their work.
Child Sexual Abuse
Sander Breiner, M.D., F.A.P.A.
September 20, 27, & October 4, 11, 2011
This course will differentiate “child use” from “child abuse”. The Psychological development of the child related to its physical and sexual experiences will be delineated. The family’s psychodynamics as related to child abuse, and the societal structure’s effects on these dynamics will be explored, including Pedophilia and other related symptomatic behavior.
Fee: $15 for students, $25 for new professionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $50 for full professionals. Approval for 4 CE credits pending.
This course will provide the opportunity to consider one or two seminal papers by five women writing on both the practice of psychoanalysis, and the use of psychoanalysis to critique culture, religion and politics. Klein’s papers on the treatment and psychogenesis of manic-depressive states will be contrasted with Riviere’s work on depression and Coltart’s and Fromm-Reichmann’s work on psychosis. Kristeva’s work on faith and motherhood will then be discussed in terms of the earlier works of Klein, Riviere, Fromm-Reichmann and Coltart. Participants will be encouraged to apply the course readings and discussions to their own clinical and theoretical queries and conclusions.