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Topics

We specialize in providing online continuing education courses in both classical and contemporary psychotherapy.  Classical perspectives in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy provide clinicians with a deep historical grounding and understanding of the therapeutic relationship, transference and countertransference phenomena, and personality disorders.  Cutting edge topics and research in such areas as mindfulness and neuropsychology expand the clinician’s understanding of psychological phenomena and best practices for improving psychological well-being.  We are continually updating and developing new courses, including new upcoming lines in modern systems theory; positive psychology; and interpersonal violence, child abuse, and trauma.  We continuously monitor the field so that we can develop courses that will support the needs of the professional community.  We welcome your input regarding your interests and needs!

Formats

Each course description indicates the course format and length.  Many of our online psychology continuing education (CE) courses consist of online audio or video files with corresponding written manuscripts, to allow you to review materials in multiple modalities.  Others direct you to contemporary or classical readings in books or articles.  Courses vary in length from 1 to 8 hours.  

Tests

Each course is followed by a link to an online multiple choice test.  Tests are designed to provide a positive experience, with questions leading you through a review of the material.  Any incorrect responses receive immediate corrective feedback and you may repeat tests an unlimited number of times without penalty until passing.  Consistent with American Psychological Association standards, a score of 75% score is required for passing.  A downloadable Certificate of Completion is available immediately and is accessible at any time in the future.

Specialization Certificates

Many professionals find that earning specialization certificates helps focus their professional development and improve their expertise.  You may apply designated courses to institute psychology specialization certificates at any time.  Some course sequences are suggested for those with a limited background in a particular area, but these are merely recommendations.  You may take any designated course, in any order.  We currently offer a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  A Certificate in Mindfulness Training is being developed and is expected to be available fall 2017. 

Presenters

All of our presenters are experienced clinicians, experts on their topics, and recognized for their excellence in teaching.  Course descriptions include the presenter’s background and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about a presenter’s expertise.

CE Credit

Each course description notes the CE credits earned.  Number of credits corresponds to the number of hours expected for completion of a course.  

APA Approved Continuing Education OnlineThe Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies (IAPS) is approved by the American Psychological Association as a sponsor of continuing education for psychologists.  IAPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  We have maintained full approval status continuously since our inception in 1992.  

 

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Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for those who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or personal use.  Topics include safe mindfulness training practices, with a sample client intake form; the body scan meditation, with a 20-minute audio file of a body scan; suggestions for informal mindfulness practices, with a practice schedule and record form to aid follow-through; and troubleshooting suggestions for dealing with common problems that interfere with regular meditation.  The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality.  The body scan meditation is presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29. (suggested prerequisite: Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment)
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment (2 CE Credits)
Since its introduction to the mainstream of western medicine and society in the late 1970s, mindfulness has received considerable scholarly attention. Scientific research has demonstrated its effectiveness for stress reduction, emotional regulation, chronic pain, and a variety emotional and behavioral disorders. This introductory course is designed for those interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what mindfulness is, its benefits, and the crucial roles of attention and a focus on the present moment. The course is the first in a series designed to prepare the clinician to use mindfulness in clinical practice. The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality. A 1-hour video, Attention and the Now, is also presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Programs that attempt to increase tolerance and openness to diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities through education and exposure alone are popular, but at times instead increase prejudice.  In this article, Drs. Marylie Gerson and Leanne Neilson present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of also considering identity development, moral reasoning, and empathy of group members in designing programs to facilitate openness to diversity in college students.The course consists of a journal article available free through the publisher (Gerson, M. W., & Neilson, L. (2014). The importance of identity development, principled moral reasoning, and empathy as predictors of openness to diversity in emerging adults. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244014553584).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Introductory level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Modern Systems Thinking for Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits)
When Gregory Bateson offered "a difference that makes a difference" as a definition of information, he was asserting an epistemology that is still greatly underappreciated by many in the behavioral sciences.  This definition carries with it implications for relationships and systems as the most appropriate context for studying people, if not all living things.  Systems thinking differs from rationalism and empiricism in that it requires us to think in terms of patterns and relationships, rather than in terms of "truths" or things "out there" to be discovered, diagnosed, medicated, or removed.  In this course, constructs maintained by general systems theory, cybernetics, information and communication theory, complexity theory, and chaos theory are applied to an understanding of our patients.  This course consists of a video presentation of PowerPoint slides with an audio narrative by Dr. Gerson.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate/advanced level.  $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and Trauma (8 CE Credits)
Physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and neglect reflect a devastating corruption of the child-caretaker relationship and have deleterious effects on both intrapsychic and interpersonal development.   In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers emotional, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes; multigenerational issues; and pertinent DSM diagnoses, in depth from a psychodynamic perspective.  Case examples are discussed.  Please note that this material, by its nature, may be stressful.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory to intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Analytic Mindset (2 CE Credits)
A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process.  He notes the central roles of "calibrated disequilibrium" and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change.  He discusses the psychoanalytic mindset, the value of "feeling puzzled" and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process. The course consists of a journal article available through the publisher (Seligman, S. [2014]. Paying attention and feeling puzzled: The analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966.  Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis (1 CE Credit)
The relational perspective focuses on intersubjectivity as a fundamental frame for humans and a means for change.  Dr. Alejandro Ávila reviews the main tenets of the relational perspective, while also acknowledging that theories are inherently limited.  In clinical practice, the author asserts, "psychoanalysis represents an opportunity of discovery, through curiosity and acceptance of uncertainty, playing with reality, where the unpredictable vicissitudes of relationality configure a scenario of change" (p. 4).The course consists of a journal article available from the publisher (Ávila, A. [2014]. The intersubjective: A core concept for psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/0803706X.2014.967813; Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 1 CE credit.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $10.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Consciousness and the Id (4 CE Credits)
Two of the leading researchers in neuropsychoanalysis, Drs. Mark Solms and Jaak Panksepp, revisit Sigmund Freud’s understanding of levels of consciousness from an evolutionarily-tiered scientific approach.  This thought-provoking review of psychoanalytic theory and brain research challenges current "corticocentric" views of consciousness, presents evidence for id as the seat of consciousness and ego as passive and unconscious, and suggests possible limitations of the “talking cure.”The course consists of a free access journal article (Solms, M., & Panksepp, J. [2012]. The ‘id’ knows more than the ‘ego’ admits: Neuropsychoanalytic and primal consciousness perspectives on the interface between affective and cognitive neuroscience. Brain Sciences, 2, 147-175. doi: 10.3390/brainsci2020147).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 4 CE credits.  Advanced level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Ego Psychology (8 CE Credits)
Ego psychology represents a particular emphasis of psychoanalytic theory and practice that focuses upon the significance of the ego system. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with a brief overview of the evolution of S. Freud’s perspectives on the role of the ego, includes A. Freud’s contributions to understanding the dynamics of ego defenses, and ends with Hartmann’s elaborations on the ego as a system for adaptation.The course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (8 CE Credits)
With Freud’s challenge to free will, it is little wonder that psychoanalysis has been the object of so much controversy.  Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of psychoanalytic theory.  The course begins with a review of the theory's presuppositions of psychological determinism, consciousness, motivation, and a genetic approach, and then describes and discusses in depth the dynamic-economic, topographic, structural, adaptive, and genetic models of the theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Programs that attempt to increase tolerance and openness to diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities through education and exposure alone are popular, but at times instead increase prejudice.  In this article, Drs. Marylie Gerson and Leanne Neilson present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of also considering identity development, moral reasoning, and empathy of group members in designing programs to facilitate openness to diversity in college students.The course consists of a journal article available free through the publisher (Gerson, M. W., & Neilson, L. (2014). The importance of identity development, principled moral reasoning, and empathy as predictors of openness to diversity in emerging adults. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244014553584).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Introductory level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and Trauma (8 CE Credits)
Physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and neglect reflect a devastating corruption of the child-caretaker relationship and have deleterious effects on both intrapsychic and interpersonal development.   In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers emotional, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes; multigenerational issues; and pertinent DSM diagnoses, in depth from a psychodynamic perspective.  Case examples are discussed.  Please note that this material, by its nature, may be stressful.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory to intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Analytic Mindset (2 CE Credits)
A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process.  He notes the central roles of "calibrated disequilibrium" and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change.  He discusses the psychoanalytic mindset, the value of "feeling puzzled" and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process. The course consists of a journal article available through the publisher (Seligman, S. [2014]. Paying attention and feeling puzzled: The analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966.  Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis (1 CE Credit)
The relational perspective focuses on intersubjectivity as a fundamental frame for humans and a means for change.  Dr. Alejandro Ávila reviews the main tenets of the relational perspective, while also acknowledging that theories are inherently limited.  In clinical practice, the author asserts, "psychoanalysis represents an opportunity of discovery, through curiosity and acceptance of uncertainty, playing with reality, where the unpredictable vicissitudes of relationality configure a scenario of change" (p. 4).The course consists of a journal article available from the publisher (Ávila, A. [2014]. The intersubjective: A core concept for psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/0803706X.2014.967813; Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 1 CE credit.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $10.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Consciousness and the Id (4 CE Credits)
Two of the leading researchers in neuropsychoanalysis, Drs. Mark Solms and Jaak Panksepp, revisit Sigmund Freud’s understanding of levels of consciousness from an evolutionarily-tiered scientific approach.  This thought-provoking review of psychoanalytic theory and brain research challenges current "corticocentric" views of consciousness, presents evidence for id as the seat of consciousness and ego as passive and unconscious, and suggests possible limitations of the “talking cure.”The course consists of a free access journal article (Solms, M., & Panksepp, J. [2012]. The ‘id’ knows more than the ‘ego’ admits: Neuropsychoanalytic and primal consciousness perspectives on the interface between affective and cognitive neuroscience. Brain Sciences, 2, 147-175. doi: 10.3390/brainsci2020147).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 4 CE credits.  Advanced level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Ego Psychology (8 CE Credits)
Ego psychology represents a particular emphasis of psychoanalytic theory and practice that focuses upon the significance of the ego system. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with a brief overview of the evolution of S. Freud’s perspectives on the role of the ego, includes A. Freud’s contributions to understanding the dynamics of ego defenses, and ends with Hartmann’s elaborations on the ego as a system for adaptation.The course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (8 CE Credits)
With Freud’s challenge to free will, it is little wonder that psychoanalysis has been the object of so much controversy.  Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of psychoanalytic theory.  The course begins with a review of the theory's presuppositions of psychological determinism, consciousness, motivation, and a genetic approach, and then describes and discusses in depth the dynamic-economic, topographic, structural, adaptive, and genetic models of the theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Object Relations Theory (8 CE Credits)
Object relations theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with the work of Melanie Klein, as contrasted with that of S. Freud, and then moves on to examine that of Fairbairn, Balint, Winnicott, and Guntrip.  This course provides essential groundwork for more recent developments in theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Personality Disorders from a Psychoanalytic Perspective (8 CE Credits)
Psychoanalytic thought, from the pioneering work of S. Freud, Abraham, and Fenichel, to the contemporary work of Kohut, Kernberg, Masterson, and Bollas, offers rich insights into an understanding of personality formation and pathology. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers Personality Disorders described in the atheoretical compendium, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), through the lenses of a variety of psychoanalytic theories, to deepen the clinician’s work with these patients.  The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.  
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship (8 CE Credits)
While the therapeutic alliance, transference, countertransference, defenses, and resistances comprise the cornerstone of psychodynamic psychotherapy, they are relevant to virtually all forms of psychotherapy.  By monitoring, examining, and exploring these concepts, the therapy is moved beyond the day-to-day examination of circumstances and events into the reality of meanings, conflicts, and imagination.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson will provide you with "tools" to differentiate each of these components and how they contribute to your clinical assessment and interventions. The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.   

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Programs that attempt to increase tolerance and openness to diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities through education and exposure alone are popular, but at times instead increase prejudice.  In this article, Drs. Marylie Gerson and Leanne Neilson present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of also considering identity development, moral reasoning, and empathy of group members in designing programs to facilitate openness to diversity in college students.The course consists of a journal article available free through the publisher (Gerson, M. W., & Neilson, L. (2014). The importance of identity development, principled moral reasoning, and empathy as predictors of openness to diversity in emerging adults. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244014553584).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Introductory level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and Trauma (8 CE Credits)
Physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and neglect reflect a devastating corruption of the child-caretaker relationship and have deleterious effects on both intrapsychic and interpersonal development.   In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers emotional, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes; multigenerational issues; and pertinent DSM diagnoses, in depth from a psychodynamic perspective.  Case examples are discussed.  Please note that this material, by its nature, may be stressful.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory to intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Analytic Mindset (2 CE Credits)
A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process.  He notes the central roles of "calibrated disequilibrium" and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change.  He discusses the psychoanalytic mindset, the value of "feeling puzzled" and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process. The course consists of a journal article available through the publisher (Seligman, S. [2014]. Paying attention and feeling puzzled: The analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966.  Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis (1 CE Credit)
The relational perspective focuses on intersubjectivity as a fundamental frame for humans and a means for change.  Dr. Alejandro Ávila reviews the main tenets of the relational perspective, while also acknowledging that theories are inherently limited.  In clinical practice, the author asserts, "psychoanalysis represents an opportunity of discovery, through curiosity and acceptance of uncertainty, playing with reality, where the unpredictable vicissitudes of relationality configure a scenario of change" (p. 4).The course consists of a journal article available from the publisher (Ávila, A. [2014]. The intersubjective: A core concept for psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/0803706X.2014.967813; Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 1 CE credit.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $10.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Consciousness and the Id (4 CE Credits)
Two of the leading researchers in neuropsychoanalysis, Drs. Mark Solms and Jaak Panksepp, revisit Sigmund Freud’s understanding of levels of consciousness from an evolutionarily-tiered scientific approach.  This thought-provoking review of psychoanalytic theory and brain research challenges current "corticocentric" views of consciousness, presents evidence for id as the seat of consciousness and ego as passive and unconscious, and suggests possible limitations of the “talking cure.”The course consists of a free access journal article (Solms, M., & Panksepp, J. [2012]. The ‘id’ knows more than the ‘ego’ admits: Neuropsychoanalytic and primal consciousness perspectives on the interface between affective and cognitive neuroscience. Brain Sciences, 2, 147-175. doi: 10.3390/brainsci2020147).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 4 CE credits.  Advanced level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Ego Psychology (8 CE Credits)
Ego psychology represents a particular emphasis of psychoanalytic theory and practice that focuses upon the significance of the ego system. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with a brief overview of the evolution of S. Freud’s perspectives on the role of the ego, includes A. Freud’s contributions to understanding the dynamics of ego defenses, and ends with Hartmann’s elaborations on the ego as a system for adaptation.The course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (8 CE Credits)
With Freud’s challenge to free will, it is little wonder that psychoanalysis has been the object of so much controversy.  Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of psychoanalytic theory.  The course begins with a review of the theory's presuppositions of psychological determinism, consciousness, motivation, and a genetic approach, and then describes and discusses in depth the dynamic-economic, topographic, structural, adaptive, and genetic models of the theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Object Relations Theory (8 CE Credits)
Object relations theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with the work of Melanie Klein, as contrasted with that of S. Freud, and then moves on to examine that of Fairbairn, Balint, Winnicott, and Guntrip.  This course provides essential groundwork for more recent developments in theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Personality Disorders from a Psychoanalytic Perspective (8 CE Credits)
Psychoanalytic thought, from the pioneering work of S. Freud, Abraham, and Fenichel, to the contemporary work of Kohut, Kernberg, Masterson, and Bollas, offers rich insights into an understanding of personality formation and pathology. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers Personality Disorders described in the atheoretical compendium, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), through the lenses of a variety of psychoanalytic theories, to deepen the clinician’s work with these patients.  The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.  
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship (8 CE Credits)
While the therapeutic alliance, transference, countertransference, defenses, and resistances comprise the cornerstone of psychodynamic psychotherapy, they are relevant to virtually all forms of psychotherapy.  By monitoring, examining, and exploring these concepts, the therapy is moved beyond the day-to-day examination of circumstances and events into the reality of meanings, conflicts, and imagination.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson will provide you with "tools" to differentiate each of these components and how they contribute to your clinical assessment and interventions. The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.   

Audio Courses

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and Trauma (8 CE Credits)
Physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and neglect reflect a devastating corruption of the child-caretaker relationship and have deleterious effects on both intrapsychic and interpersonal development.   In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers emotional, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes; multigenerational issues; and pertinent DSM diagnoses, in depth from a psychodynamic perspective.  Case examples are discussed.  Please note that this material, by its nature, may be stressful.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory to intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Ego Psychology (8 CE Credits)
Ego psychology represents a particular emphasis of psychoanalytic theory and practice that focuses upon the significance of the ego system. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with a brief overview of the evolution of S. Freud’s perspectives on the role of the ego, includes A. Freud’s contributions to understanding the dynamics of ego defenses, and ends with Hartmann’s elaborations on the ego as a system for adaptation.The course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (8 CE Credits)
With Freud’s challenge to free will, it is little wonder that psychoanalysis has been the object of so much controversy.  Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of psychoanalytic theory.  The course begins with a review of the theory's presuppositions of psychological determinism, consciousness, motivation, and a genetic approach, and then describes and discusses in depth the dynamic-economic, topographic, structural, adaptive, and genetic models of the theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Object Relations Theory (8 CE Credits)
Object relations theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson begins with the work of Melanie Klein, as contrasted with that of S. Freud, and then moves on to examine that of Fairbairn, Balint, Winnicott, and Guntrip.  This course provides essential groundwork for more recent developments in theory.The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Introductory level.  Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119. 
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Personality Disorders from a Psychoanalytic Perspective (8 CE Credits)
Psychoanalytic thought, from the pioneering work of S. Freud, Abraham, and Fenichel, to the contemporary work of Kohut, Kernberg, Masterson, and Bollas, offers rich insights into an understanding of personality formation and pathology. In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson considers Personality Disorders described in the atheoretical compendium, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), through the lenses of a variety of psychoanalytic theories, to deepen the clinician’s work with these patients.  The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.  
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship (8 CE Credits)
While the therapeutic alliance, transference, countertransference, defenses, and resistances comprise the cornerstone of psychodynamic psychotherapy, they are relevant to virtually all forms of psychotherapy.  By monitoring, examining, and exploring these concepts, the therapy is moved beyond the day-to-day examination of circumstances and events into the reality of meanings, conflicts, and imagination.  In this course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson will provide you with "tools" to differentiate each of these components and how they contribute to your clinical assessment and interventions. The course includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.  This course may be applied to our Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.   

Articles and Books

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Programs that attempt to increase tolerance and openness to diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities through education and exposure alone are popular, but at times instead increase prejudice.  In this article, Drs. Marylie Gerson and Leanne Neilson present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of also considering identity development, moral reasoning, and empathy of group members in designing programs to facilitate openness to diversity in college students.The course consists of a journal article available free through the publisher (Gerson, M. W., & Neilson, L. (2014). The importance of identity development, principled moral reasoning, and empathy as predictors of openness to diversity in emerging adults. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244014553584).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Introductory level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Analytic Mindset (2 CE Credits)
A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process.  He notes the central roles of "calibrated disequilibrium" and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change.  He discusses the psychoanalytic mindset, the value of "feeling puzzled" and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process. The course consists of a journal article available through the publisher (Seligman, S. [2014]. Paying attention and feeling puzzled: The analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966.  Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis (1 CE Credit)
The relational perspective focuses on intersubjectivity as a fundamental frame for humans and a means for change.  Dr. Alejandro Ávila reviews the main tenets of the relational perspective, while also acknowledging that theories are inherently limited.  In clinical practice, the author asserts, "psychoanalysis represents an opportunity of discovery, through curiosity and acceptance of uncertainty, playing with reality, where the unpredictable vicissitudes of relationality configure a scenario of change" (p. 4).The course consists of a journal article available from the publisher (Ávila, A. [2014]. The intersubjective: A core concept for psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 1-5. doi: 10.1080/0803706X.2014.967813; Note: the journal may charge a fee for this article).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 1 CE credit.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $10.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Consciousness and the Id (4 CE Credits)
Two of the leading researchers in neuropsychoanalysis, Drs. Mark Solms and Jaak Panksepp, revisit Sigmund Freud’s understanding of levels of consciousness from an evolutionarily-tiered scientific approach.  This thought-provoking review of psychoanalytic theory and brain research challenges current "corticocentric" views of consciousness, presents evidence for id as the seat of consciousness and ego as passive and unconscious, and suggests possible limitations of the “talking cure.”The course consists of a free access journal article (Solms, M., & Panksepp, J. [2012]. The ‘id’ knows more than the ‘ego’ admits: Neuropsychoanalytic and primal consciousness perspectives on the interface between affective and cognitive neuroscience. Brain Sciences, 2, 147-175. doi: 10.3390/brainsci2020147).  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion are provided for 4 CE credits.  Advanced level.  This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $29.

Video Courses

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for those who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or personal use.  Topics include safe mindfulness training practices, with a sample client intake form; the body scan meditation, with a 20-minute audio file of a body scan; suggestions for informal mindfulness practices, with a practice schedule and record form to aid follow-through; and troubleshooting suggestions for dealing with common problems that interfere with regular meditation.  The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality.  The body scan meditation is presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29. (suggested prerequisite: Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment)
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment (2 CE Credits)
Since its introduction to the mainstream of western medicine and society in the late 1970s, mindfulness has received considerable scholarly attention. Scientific research has demonstrated its effectiveness for stress reduction, emotional regulation, chronic pain, and a variety emotional and behavioral disorders. This introductory course is designed for those interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what mindfulness is, its benefits, and the crucial roles of attention and a focus on the present moment. The course is the first in a series designed to prepare the clinician to use mindfulness in clinical practice. The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality. A 1-hour video, Attention and the Now, is also presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29.
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Modern Systems Thinking for Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits)
When Gregory Bateson offered "a difference that makes a difference" as a definition of information, he was asserting an epistemology that is still greatly underappreciated by many in the behavioral sciences.  This definition carries with it implications for relationships and systems as the most appropriate context for studying people, if not all living things.  Systems thinking differs from rationalism and empiricism in that it requires us to think in terms of patterns and relationships, rather than in terms of "truths" or things "out there" to be discovered, diagnosed, medicated, or removed.  In this course, constructs maintained by general systems theory, cybernetics, information and communication theory, complexity theory, and chaos theory are applied to an understanding of our patients.  This course consists of a video presentation of PowerPoint slides with an audio narrative by Dr. Gerson.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 2 CE credits.  Intermediate/advanced level.  $29.

Positive Psychology

Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for those who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or personal use.  Topics include safe mindfulness training practices, with a sample client intake form; the body scan meditation, with a 20-minute audio file of a body scan; suggestions for informal mindfulness practices, with a practice schedule and record form to aid follow-through; and troubleshooting suggestions for dealing with common problems that interfere with regular meditation.  The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality.  The body scan meditation is presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht.  An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29. (suggested prerequisite: Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment)
Online Continuing Education Courses in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment (2 CE Credits)
Since its introduction to the mainstream of western medicine and society in the late 1970s, mindfulness has received considerable scholarly attention. Scientific research has demonstrated its effectiveness for stress reduction, emotional regulation, chronic pain, and a variety emotional and behavioral disorders. This introductory course is designed for those interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what mindfulness is, its benefits, and the crucial roles of attention and a focus on the present moment. The course is the first in a series designed to prepare the clinician to use mindfulness in clinical practice. The material is presented by Dr. Marylie Gerson in both written and video formats, to allow for review in either modality. A 1-hour video, Attention and the Now, is also presented by Dr. Hugo Alberts of the University of Maastricht. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29.

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