With Freud’s challenge to free will, it is little wonder that psychoanalysis has been the object of so much controversy. This course examines the basic principles and models of Freudian psychoanalytic theory.
As a result of this learning activity, the participant will be able to:
This classical psychoanalytic theory course explains the basic principles of Freudian psychoanalytic theory and presents the various descriptive models or paradigms of Freud’s theory as it evolved.
When psychologists, psychology students, or even the lay public are asked to describe classical psychoanalytic theory, they usually respond with a variety of answers, including:
This wide range of responses is typical because they are all correct! The scope of psychoanalytic theory includes all of the above, and then some. Freud was a revisionist; he was continually challenging and changing his ideas as he met with complex evidence from patients and his own self-criticism.
Classical psychoanalytic theory is concerned with the psychological or phenomenological aspects of thought, behavior, and experience.
This course begins with a review of the theory’s presuppositions of psychological determinism, consciousness, motivation, and the genetic approach. It then describes and discusses in depth the dynamic-economic, topographic, structural, adaptive, and genetic models of the theory.
The Instructor is Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist and Psychoanalyst 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 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.
There is no commercial support or other potential conflicts of interest for this program, presentation, or instructor.
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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.
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 email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
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.
The cost of the course is noted below; there are no additional fees. 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.
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 the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.