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The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council

Professional & Community Development Program - 2007-2008

All PCD Programs are approved for Social Work Continuing Education Credits



Diagnosis & Treatment of Chemical Dependency
Course Instructor: Jay Radin, Ph.D.
2-part seminar - t Saturday, November 1 & 8, 2008, 10:15am-12:00 noon.
Fee:$10 for students, $20 for new professionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $35 for full professionals.
Approved for 3.5 CE credits.


Course Objective:  to help participants to gain an  overview of issues in chemical dependence diagnosis and treatment.  Specific areas to be addressed in pursuit of this objective include methods of diagnosis, psychological testing, distinguishing between dependence and abuse, and treatment  modalities.

Session 1:  Diagnosis of Chemical Dependency

1. Review of common misconceptions

2. Review of DSM-IV diagnostic criteria with forms on distinguishing between abuse and dependency

3. Administration of diagnostic clinical interview resulting in formulation of diagnosis

4. Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspectives on classical dependency.


Session 2: Treatment of Chemical Dependency
1. Level of intensity of treatment, indications for in-patient, residential, in contrast to out-patient treatment

2. Behavioral perspectives

3. Alcoholics Anonymous
4. Psychodynamic, out-patient therapy of chemical dependency.



Contemporary Dream Analysis

Course Instructor: Julia Davies, Ph.D.
3 weeks - February 5, 12, 19, 2009,  7
:00-8:30 p.m.

7.5 CE credits



The purpose of this course is to expand the therapist’s knowledge and comfort in working with dreams in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  Readings will sample contemporary models of dream analysis, including self-psychological, interpersonal, and relational approaches.  During each meeting we will discuss readings and dreams from ongoing clinical cases.  We will explore the meanings of dreams from different theoretical perspectives, and in relation to the patient’s psychological history, life circumstances, and clinical dynamics.  A spirit of open discussion of theoretical and clinical material will be encouraged.

Class Readings:


Fosshage, J. (1997) “The Organizing Functions of Dream Mentation” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 33

Blechner, M.J. (1995) The Patient’s Dreams and the Countertransference” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 5

Ipp, 2000, “The Dreamer and the Dreams: Clinical Presentation” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10


Course schedule: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursdays February 5, 12, 19, 2009
. Instructor Phone: (734) 761-2434

Course location: 202 East Washington Street, Suite 602, Ann Arbor.




Race, Identity & Racialized Enactments in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Instructor: Jane Hassinger, LMSW
5-week: February 3, 10, 17, March 3 & 10, 2009. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Fee: $20 for students, $40 for new professionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $75 for full professionals


Racism, like sexism, both purveyor and consequence of the most egregious hatred and relational failure, remains ubiquitous in American society. Racism and its related horrific, intergenerational costs are increasingly a focus of psychoanalytic research and discussion. Until recently in psychoanalytic practice, arguably among the most visible of human characteristics, race has been virtually unseen and “race talk” taboo—thus constituting a sort of “dangertalk” in the very place where all else about persons can be shared and explored.  Contemporary psychoanalytic frames—with their emphases on ‘the relational matrix’ and enactments,  interacting/influencing subjectivities, and co-construction of identity and meaning--offer important opportunities for exploring and enacting aspects of the unstable, wounded, racialized identities of both participants.   In this seminar, we will examine ways in which racial identities (particularly whiteness) are constructed, lived, and enacted in psychoanalytic practice by both patient and analyst.



The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol LXXV , No. 1, 2006, “Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in the  Consulting Room” 

Race, Colour, and the Process of Racialization:  New Perspectives from Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, and Society, Farhad Dalal, 2002, Routledge Press

Aboriginal Populations in the Mind:  Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis, Celia Brickman, 2003,  Columbia University Press   (we will read  several chapters from this book). 



 Site:  Ann Arbor

Ethics & Practice
Course Instructor: Patricia Marciniak, LMSW.
3 hours. Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm, September 13, 2008.
Fee: $5 for students, $15 for newprofessionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $30 for full professionals.
Approved for 3 CE credits.


The purpose of this course is to give mental health professionals practical information about what they need to know to manage legal and ethical issues routinely met in clinical care, e.g. confidentiality.


Gabbard, G.  (2003) Miscarriages in psychoanalytic treatment with suicidal patients. Int J Psych. 84: 249-261.

Grayson. (2006) Ethical perspectives and clinical dilemmas.  Ed., Levin et al. NJ: Analytic Press.

Aron, L. (2000) Ethical considerations in the writing pf psychoanalytic case histories. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 10: 231-245.

Site:  East Lansing

Parenting from the Inside Out
Course Instructor: Elizabeth Waiess, Psy.D.
3-part seminar  Thursdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm, September 4, October 2 & November 6, 2008.
Fee: $15 for students, $25 for new professionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $45 for full professionals.
Approved for 4.5 CE credits


Required reading:  Siegel & Hartzell (2003) Parenting from the Inside Out:  How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive.   NY:  Tarcher/Putnum  (or paperback version). Course fee does not include price of the book.  This book is available in paperback.  Students need to have a copy of the book before the first class period.


Course Description:  The course will consist of reading the above book, group discussion of Parenting from the Inside Out, and sharing of relevant professional experience. 


Learning outcomes:  The student will better understand the neurobiological underpinnings and unconscious meanings of neglectful and/or abusive parenting behaviors; and an understanding of how this information can be used clinically to assist problematic parent-child relationships.


Site:  East Lansing


Applications of Psychoanalytic Theory to Social Work Practice 
Course Instructor:  Patricia Marciniak, LMSW.
10-week seminar Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, September 17-November 19, 2008.
Fee: $37 for students, $75 for new professionals (3 years or less since graduation) & $150 for full professionals.
Approved for 15 CE credits



Course Description:

                                      This 10-week course represents an introduction to Ego Psychology, Object Relations, Self Psychology and Attachment Theory as they relate to two major social work practice areas: child welfare and chemical dependency treatment. The course will follow a seminar format with a full discussion of the reading materials and the incorporation of case material to provide a bridge between theory and practice.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students:

       1. Will be able to understand basic ego-psychology, object relations, self psychology & attachment theory terms and concepts.

       2. Will be able to relate these major psychoanalytic theories to social work practice.

       3. Will be able to conceptualize how they might develop new and improved approaches to their work in child welfare and chemical dependency treatment.


Course Materials:

All of the course required and recommended reading materials are available for viewing or downloading on the Internet at mpcpsa.org.


Topical Outline:

Week 1: 9/17 Introduction to Ego Psychology I

Brenner, Charles (1973). An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis. New York: Doubleday.

                                      Chapters 3 & 4: The Psychic Apparatus


Week 2: 9/24 Introduction to Ego Psychology II

Brenner, Charles (1973). op cit.

                                      Chapter 5: The Psychic Apparatus (Concluded)

Polansky, Norman (1971). Ego Psychology & Communication. Chicago: Aldine Publishing Co.

                                      Chapter 3: Resilience and Energy in the Personality


Week 3: 10/1 Introduction to Object Relations Theory

Polansky, Norman (1971). op cit.

                                      Chapter 6: The Theory of Object Relations

                                      Chapter 7: The Pursuit and Dread of Love


Week 4: 10/8 Introduction to Attachment Theory, Part I

Robert Karen (1997) Becoming Attached: Psychology's Effort to Understand the Power of First Relationships.     
Oxford University Press

Bowlby, John (1969). Attachment. New York: Basic Books.


                                      Chapter 11: The Child's Tie to His Mother (pp. 177-185)


Week 5: 10/15 Introduction to Attachment Theory, Part II

Bowlby, John (1973). Separation: Anxiety & Anger. New York: Basic Books.

                                      Chapter 1: Prototypes of Human Sorrow

                                      Chapter 15: Anxious Attachment

Holmes, Jeremy (1996). Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson.

                                      Chapter 4: Splitting and Attachment

Robert Karen (1997) op cit.

                                      Chapter 24: The Residue of Our Parents


Week 6: 10/22 Introduction to Self Psychology
Kernberg, Otto (1975) Borderline Conditions & Pathological Narcissism. NY: Jason Aronson

                                      Chapter 8: The Treatment of the Narcissistic Personality
Strozier, Charles B. (2001) Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst. NY; Other Press

                                      Chapter 19: The Analysis of the Self

                                      Chapter 24: The Restoration of the Self


Week 7: 10/29 Application of Psychoanalytic Theory to Child Welfare

Fessenden, Ford (April 9, 2000) They Threaten, Seethe and Unhinge, Then Kill in Quantity & How Youngest Killers Differ: Peer Support. The New York Times

Eric Konigsberg (12/8/2007). From ‘Troubled’ to ‘Killer,’ Despite Many Efforts. The New York Times

Redl, Fritz & David Wineman (1951) Children Who Hate. Glencoe, Ill.: The Free Press

                                      Chapter 2: Disorganization and Breakdown of Behavior Controls

                                      Chapter 3: The Ego That Cannot Perform


Week 8: 11/5 Basic Issues of Chemical Dependency Treatment

O'Reilly, E.B. (1997) Sobering Tales: Narratives of Alcoholism and Recovery

            Appendix: Two Stories

Flores, Philip J. (1997) Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations: An Integration of 12- Step and  Psychodynamic Theory. New York: Haworth Press.

            Chapter 9- Early Stage Treatment Issues, pp. 339-64


Week 9: 11/12 Application of Attachment Theory to Chemical Dependency Treatment

Flores, Philip J. (2004) Addiction as an Attachment Disorder.

            Chapter 3- Attachment Theory: Implications for Treatment


Week 10: 11/19 Application of Self-Psychology to Chemical Dependency Treatment

Flores, Philip J. (2004) op cit.

            Chapter 4- Addiction: An Attempt at Self-Repair that Fails


Site:  East Lansing