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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy aims to help people increase the awareness and understanding of their inner world and its influence over relationships.  Our Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy allows you to focus your professional development education in this field.    
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy aims to help people increase the awareness and understanding of their inner world and its influence over relationships.  Our Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy allows you to focus your professional development education in this field.    

Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic PsychotherapyPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy is relevant to the conceptualization and treatment of a wide range of patients, from those with serious psychological disorders to those seeking greater fulfillment in their lives.  The Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy allows the psychoanalytic clinician, as well as the novice or researcher, an opportunity to expand and deepen their understanding of this field.  

The field of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy encompasses a variety of theoretical approaches and techniques, from the pioneering work of S. Freud, Abraham, and Fenichel, to the contemporary work of Kohut, Kernberg, Masterson, and Bollas.  Whether or not you intend to specialize in this approach as a clinician, knowledge of it can enrich clinical judgment and skill.

Consider the five metapsychological paradigms of S. Freud, as well as his views on defense mechanisms, perversions, neuroses, and psychoses in the course, Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.  Learn more about the contributions of Hartmann and ego psychology theory in the course, Ego Psychology.  Examine the unique contributions of Klein, Winnicott, Fairbairn, and Balint, in terms of both normal and pathological development, the significance of fantasy and creativity, and the importance of interpersonal dynamics for maturational processes, in Object Relations Theory.  Review or become introduced to the breadth of the field in the course, Personality Disorders from a Psychoanalytic Perspective.  Finally, learn more about the pivotal roles of and ways of working with transference, countertransference, resistances, defenses, and the therapeutic alliance in the course, Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship.  

To earn the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, simply take at least three of the five core courses noted above and add electives, until you have earned 48 continuing education credits.  Eligible electives are being added continuously and currently include: Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and TraumaAnalytic Mindset, Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis,  Consciousness and the Id, Jacques Lacan: Introductory Overview, Lacan – Inspired Psychotherapy, Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity ToleranceEvidence Base for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy With Children and Adolescents, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Online for Adolescents, and What Works in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy With Adolescents? . You may take the courses in any order and proceed as quickly as you wish.  You have a full 3 years to complete the courses.  To get started, simply enroll in a course.

Contact us if you would like more information, have any questions, or wish to declare your intention to pursue a certificate.

The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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