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Each semester, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis opens its classroom doors to the public for a semester long experience. Click here to apply now.


Offered Spring 2018.


Modern Perspectives in Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Dr. Joan White

This course introduces students to modern psychoanalysis by exploring how we understand people and how we work with patients.  We examine elementary concepts related to what drives us, how we form relationships, how our characters develop, dreams, and the therapeutic interaction. We will also explore specific methods for working with psychotic, violent, and addiction-ridden patients.

Schedule: Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February 8. Class meetings are Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31, Jun 14.

Enroll either for academic credit or on a continuing education basis.

Cost: $1480 for academic credit (2 credits) | $650 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

 

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Maturation II: Later Development
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hugenberger

This course traces important developmental conflicts, healthy resolution and potential for psychopathology through later childhood, adolescence and adulthood, exploring later psychosexual stages, further development of character, healthy and unhealthy defenses and interpersonal patterns, and typical developmental “tasks” for each developmental stage. Psychoanalytic theory and knowledge are integrated with developmental theory and research. This course is designed to meet the licensing board’s requirement for the later part of Human Growth and Development.

Schedule: Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every week, three-credit schedule, starting February 8. Class meetings are Thursdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.   Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31, and Jun 14.

Cost: $2220 for academic credit (3 credits) | $650 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

 

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Understanding and Treating Addictions
Instructors: Dr. Russell Lowe and Dr. Eugene Goldwater
Schedule: Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February 7. Class meetings are Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 30, Jun 13.

Learn about addiction, its symptoms, substances of choice, and underlying biological, psychological and sociocultural factors in addiction. We will explore a number of controversial questions, including the causes and nature of addiction – is it a disease or a psychological problem? We will learn how to assess and treat addictions, explore the goals of treatment, and examine the research on treatment efficacy. Throughout, we will explore the usefulness of a psychodynamic understanding in providing effective treatment, including ways to maintain a working, productive relationship with an addicted person.

Cost: $1480 for academic credit (2 credits) | $650 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

 

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Childhoods and Screen Cultures
Instructor: Dr. Jon Dzitko
Schedule: Class meetings are Fridays 10:00-12:00.  Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February 9.  Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 16, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 11, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 15

Children, who connect to the Internet and engage with social media platforms, play games, watch extensive T.V. and films, are entering into new forms of social interaction and causing a great deal of inter-generational anxiety.   Children also seem to be learning and forging relationships as geographical territories implode from technological revolutions. How do they form a self from this screened “Generalized Other?”  It seems that children are bombarded by messages; however, messages are interpreted given class, gender, sexual, and ethnic positionality.  In this class we will study the complex process of digital socialization from the cultural and psychoanalytic perspectives.

 Cost: $2220 for academic credit (3 credits) | $650 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

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Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture
Instructor:  Dr. Jorge Capetillo-Ponce 3 credits
Schedule: Class meetings are Fridays 1:00-3:00.  Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February 9.  Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 16, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 11, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 15

In recent times the unifying impact of mass forms of popular culture seem to have been overshadowed by the postmodernism of cultural pluralism, identity politics, advertising, and lifestyle diversity. Using psychoanalytic insights and ideas, this course explores the powerful emotional forces that are still at work in society which extend and deepen their hold on popular experience through the unifying forms of modern popular culture. The practices and aesthetic codes of popular culture can contribute to create ways of confronting and managing some of the basic psychic tensions and anxieties of modern life, appealing globally across the divides of class, gender and ethnicity. In sum, the course explores how psychoanalytic thinking can add to social  understanding in contemporary society and culture.

Cost: $2220 for academic credit (3 credits) | $650 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

 

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