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Ego Psychology (8 CE Credits)

Ego psychology emphasizes the significance of the ego system for adaptation.  It is rooted in Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, but takes on different forms through other psychoanalytic theorists’ conceptualizations.

 

Course Objectives

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

  • describe Sigmund Freud’s ideas of the mind as they evolved from a topographic to a structural model,
  • describe the evolving significance and functions S. Freud attributed to the developing ego,
  • describe Anna Freud’s contributions regarding the dynamics of ego defenses,
  • list and describe five properties of ego defenses, according to A. Freud,
  • list and describe seven levels of ego defenses in contemporary psychodynamic theories,
  • apply the seven levels of defenses to clinical cases of psychopathology,
  • describe Heinz Hartmann’s understanding of the function of the ego as an adaptive system,
  • describe Hartmann’s understanding of the evolution of psychopathology, and
  • apply ego psychology models of S. Freud, A. Freud, and Hartmann to clinical work with clients.

 

Course Content and Details

Product Description

Ego Psychology Course

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.  

Ego Psychology Course - Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud

It begins with an overview of the classical theoretical foundations of Sigmund Freud, including his topographic model and structural hypothesis.  

 

Ego Psychology Course - Anna Freud 1957
Anna Freud

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.  

Ego Psychology Course - Heinz Hartmann
Heinz Hartmann

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

 

Instructor

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 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 mgersonphd@psychstudies.net 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 mgersonphd@psychstudies.net 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. 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

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.

 

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