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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.  This course examines the basic principles and models of Freudian psychoanalytic theory.

Course Objectives

This introductory level classical psychoanalytic theory course is designed to help the participant:

  • Describe the basic principles of classical psychoanalytic theory;
  • Describe and apply the concept of psychological determinism to understanding human behavior; 
  • Describe and apply the Dynamic-Economic Model, and its concepts of instinct, drive, and energy, to understanding human behavior from the classical psychoanalytic perspective;
  • Describe and apply the Topographic Model, and its concepts of unconscious, preconscious, and conscious thought, to understanding human behavior from the classical psychoanalytic perspective;
  • Describe and apply the Structural Model, and its constructs of Id, Ego, and Superego, to understanding human behavior from the classical psychoanalytic perspective;
  • Describe and apply the Adaptive Model, as an extension of the Structural Model, to understanding human behavior from the classical psychoanalytic perspective;
  • Describe and apply the Genetic Model and the stages of development to understanding human development and behavior from the classical psychoanalytic perspective; and
  • Explain human behavior in terms of purposeful, motivational forces.

Product Description

Classical Psychoanalytic Theory Course Details

classical psychoanalytic theory courseThis 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:

  • sexual and aggressive instincts,
  • childhood sexuality,
  • some mental structures,
  • unconscious thinking and dreams, or
  • defense mechanisms.

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.

Instructor

Michael J. Gerson, PhDThe 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 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.

Course Format

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 in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired.  $119.

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