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Analytic Mindset (2 CE Credits)

What is the analytic mindset?  A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman discusses 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. 


Course Objectives 

As a result of this learning activity, the participant will be able to:

  • describe the concept of a nonlinear dynamic systems and apply it to the process of psychoanalysis,
  • describe the concept of systems change and apply it to an understanding of psychopathology,
  • apply the concept of systems change to an understanding of therapeutic action, and
  • describe three elements of an analytic mindset important for effective psychotherapy.


Course Content and Details

Product Description

Analytic Mindset

Analytic MindsetWhat is the analytic mindset in psychoanalysis?  What mindset is most helpful for potentiating change in the patient?  Dr. Stephen Seligman, a proponent of the relational analytic approach, applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process.  He discusses the central roles of “calibrated disequilibrium” and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change.  He discusses the analytic 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.


Author and Instructor

The article is authored by Dr. Stephen Seligman. Dr. Seligman is a Training and Supervising Analyst with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Infant-Parent Program of the University of California, San Francisco; and Joint Editor-in-Chief for Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives.

The article was selected by Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Marriage and Family Therapist in California.  He has been training clinicians for over 30 years, both in his private practice, in community counseling centers, and as a professor of Psychology in graduate programs.  He is a core faculty member of the Graduate School of Psychology at California Lutheran University and is renowned for his depth of understanding of the therapeutic process and for his keen ability to translate complex concepts into terms that are clear and that can be applied to the clinician’s own work.


Program Information


Conflicts of Interest or Commercial Support

There is no commercial support or other potential conflicts of interest for this program, presentation, or instructor.


Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

We are committed to respecting diversity in all of its forms, including age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability. We also strive to make all of our activities accessible to individuals with special needs or disabilities. Please contact the Director at if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding any of our programs.


Sources and Relevance

Our programs and teaching methods are supported by current, empirically-based scientific literature, and are designed to provide continuing education that is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or research, so that psychologists may maintain and expand their ability to serve the public and contribute to the profession.


Target Audience

Our courses are designed for postdoctoral-level psychologists; this course is an introductory-level course. All mental health professionals, educators, and researchers have a variety of educational backgrounds and needs—if you have any questions about whether this course could benefit you and/or would be appropriate for your level of training, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may contact the Director directly at with any questions or concerns.


Course Schedule

This course will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you will be able pace yourself in a manner that is comfortable for you.


Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy

The cost of the course is noted below. There are no additional fees other than the possible cost of the journal article if you or your institution do not subscribe to the journal–please let us know if you have difficulty accessing the article. Your satisfaction is important to us. If you are not satisfied with a course, please let us know immediately—we will cancel your order and gladly offer you a full refund.


Course Format Summary

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 Dialogues24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966.  Note: there may be a charge for this article if you or your institution do not subscribe to the journal).  After reading the article, access the online test and Certificate of Completion for the course to earn 2 CE credits.  Intermediate level.  This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $19.


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