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Jacques Lacan: Introductory Overview (4 CE Credits)
Jacques Lacan is an important, although provocative, figure in the history of psychoanalysis and continues to be an influential force in many fields, including philosophy, art, and literature, and is relevant to a growing body of research in neuroscience, language development, and concepts of self and identity.  Lacan viewed himself as a defender of Sigmund Freud's work and took issue with the ways in which Freud's constructs were interpreted by othe
Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for psychologists who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or for 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 for those who wish to experience it; suggestions for in
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 mindfulness basics course is designed for psychologists interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Understanding factors that may promote diversity tolerance is crucial in an increasingly globalized society.  In this article, Drs. Ninawa Butrus and Rivka Witenberg present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of considering such personality factors as openness and agreeableness, as well as empathic concern, as differential predictors of tolerance regarding beliefs, speech, and actions. The course consists of a journal article available
Modern Systems Thinking for Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits)
Gregory Bateson offered "a difference that makes a difference" as a definition of information, asserting an epistemology that is still greatly underappreciated by many in the behavioral sciences, and especially by psychology.  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
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.  His in-depth discussion from a psychodynamic perspective includes considerations of trans-diagnosti
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 en
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 vicissi
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 possibl
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, and is a major theoretical model in American psychoanalysis. In this ego psychology 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

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Jacques Lacan: Introductory Overview (4 CE Credits)
Jacques Lacan is an important, although provocative, figure in the history of psychoanalysis and continues to be an influential force in many fields, including philosophy, art, and literature, and is relevant to a growing body of research in neuroscience, language development, and concepts of self and identity.  Lacan viewed himself as a defender of Sigmund Freud's work and took issue with the ways in which Freud's constructs were interpreted by othe
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Understanding factors that may promote diversity tolerance is crucial in an increasingly globalized society.  In this article, Drs. Ninawa Butrus and Rivka Witenberg present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of considering such personality factors as openness and agreeableness, as well as empathic concern, as differential predictors of tolerance regarding beliefs, speech, and actions. The course consists of a journal article available
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.  His in-depth discussion from a psychodynamic perspective includes considerations of trans-diagnosti
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 en
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 vicissi
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 possibl
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, and is a major theoretical model in American psychoanalysis. In this ego psychology 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
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.  In this classical psychoanalytic theory course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of Freudian 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 dep
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.  
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 t

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Jacques Lacan: Introductory Overview (4 CE Credits)
Jacques Lacan is an important, although provocative, figure in the history of psychoanalysis and continues to be an influential force in many fields, including philosophy, art, and literature, and is relevant to a growing body of research in neuroscience, language development, and concepts of self and identity.  Lacan viewed himself as a defender of Sigmund Freud's work and took issue with the ways in which Freud's constructs were interpreted by othe
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Understanding factors that may promote diversity tolerance is crucial in an increasingly globalized society.  In this article, Drs. Ninawa Butrus and Rivka Witenberg present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of considering such personality factors as openness and agreeableness, as well as empathic concern, as differential predictors of tolerance regarding beliefs, speech, and actions. The course consists of a journal article available
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.  His in-depth discussion from a psychodynamic perspective includes considerations of trans-diagnosti
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 en
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 vicissi
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 possibl
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, and is a major theoretical model in American psychoanalysis. In this ego psychology 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
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.  In this classical psychoanalytic theory course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of Freudian 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 dep
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.  
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 t

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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.  His in-depth discussion from a psychodynamic perspective includes considerations of trans-diagnosti
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, and is a major theoretical model in American psychoanalysis. In this ego psychology 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
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.  In this classical psychoanalytic theory course, Dr. Michael J. Gerson examines the basic principles and models of Freudian 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 dep
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.  
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 t
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

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Jacques Lacan: Introductory Overview (4 CE Credits)
Jacques Lacan is an important, although provocative, figure in the history of psychoanalysis and continues to be an influential force in many fields, including philosophy, art, and literature, and is relevant to a growing body of research in neuroscience, language development, and concepts of self and identity.  Lacan viewed himself as a defender of Sigmund Freud's work and took issue with the ways in which Freud's constructs were interpreted by othe
Intrapersonal Factors Promoting Diversity Tolerance (2 CE Credits)
Understanding factors that may promote diversity tolerance is crucial in an increasingly globalized society.  In this article, Drs. Ninawa Butrus and Rivka Witenberg present an empirical study that demonstrates the importance of considering such personality factors as openness and agreeableness, as well as empathic concern, as differential predictors of tolerance regarding beliefs, speech, and actions. The course consists of a journal article available
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 en
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 vicissi
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 possibl

Video Courses

Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for psychologists who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or for 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 for those who wish to experience it; suggestions for in
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 mindfulness basics course is designed for psychologists interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what
Modern Systems Thinking for Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits)
Gregory Bateson offered "a difference that makes a difference" as a definition of information, asserting an epistemology that is still greatly underappreciated by many in the behavioral sciences, and especially by psychology.  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

Positive Psychology

Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)
This mindfulness training course is designed for psychologists who are interested in applying the body scan and mindfulness practices.  Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting or for 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 for those who wish to experience it; suggestions for in
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 mindfulness basics course is designed for psychologists interested in learning about theory and research findings regarding what

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