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’s elaborations on the ego as a system for adaptation.
This Ego Psychology course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, 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. Recommended prerequisite: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory. 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.
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This Ego Psychology course traces the theoretical and conceptual changes that have shaped our present-day understanding of the ego as both a metapsychological construct and a mental system.
The course is divided into three parts.
It begins with an overview of the classical theoretical foundations of Sigmund Freud, including his topographic model and structural hypothesis.
It then considers the ego defenses and the contribution of Anna Freud to understanding the importance of recognizing and understanding the dynamics of ego defenses.
The course ends with a discussion of the contributions of Heinz Hartmann, who advanced the theme of the ego as an organizer of the mind, of experience, and of behavior and presented an appreciation of the ego as a system for adaptation.
While some writings on the topic of ego psychology include the works of Erikson, Spitz, Bowlby, Malher, or Kohut, their focus is somewhat different from the development of ego and so will be addressed in other courses.
For an in-depth discussion of Freudian theory, please see the course, Classical Psychoanalytic Theory.
Sources for Photos: Sigmund Freud photo: By David Webb from Alicante, Spain – Sigmund Freud Uploaded by Viejo sabio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10437635; Anna Freud photo: Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 bekijk toegang 2.24.01.04 Bestanddeelnummer 923-9360, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anna_Freud_1957.jpg; Heinz Hartmann photo: By Stilfehler – cropped from File:Jauregg_and_coworkers_Vienna.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43899487
The Instructor is 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 professor emeritus with 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.
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This Ego Psychology course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, 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. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.
Click here for opening remarks by Dr. Gerson.