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Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public

Psychoanalytic Courses Open to the Public

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 Fall 2018

Early Development: How the Mind Forms

Instructor: Dr. Paula Berman
Schedule: Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every- week, three-credit schedule, starting September.  Classes meet Tuesday evenings, 5:00-7:00 PM.  The dates are Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 8, and Dec. 22

Course Description: This course begins by examining the earliest phases of the development of the mind. Students explore the transformation of drives through Freud’s psychosexual stages (the oral, anal, urethral, phallic and oedipal stages). The class studies how these stages influence the development of character and early communication patterns, reflected by early socialization struggles and interactive processes. Students use concepts such as the role of sexual and aggressive drives and their fusion, the capacity to distinguish self from other as well as separate objects, the importance of the family, and the role of fantasy and language to understand maturation. Students explore the relationship of psychoanalytic concepts of development to ethological, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental theories and to clinical work.

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

Cost: $2310 for academic credit (3 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


Culture as a Force in Social and Mental Life

Instructor: Dr. Jon Dzitko
Schedule: Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other week, two-credit schedule, starting September.  Classes meet Friday mornings 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.  The dates are Sept.7, Sept.21, Oct.5, Oct.19, Oct.26, Nov.2, Nov.16, Nov.30, Dec.7, Dec.14, Jan.11, and Jan.25

Course Description: The course will introduce new and continuing students to culture as a force in social and mental life. It will cover the core literatures, selected for application to the following subjects: the semiotics of meaning formations, history of cultural analysis, culture as an exclusionary practice, culture and violence (real and symbolic), comparative culture systems, the effects of globalization on regional and national cultural traditions, unconscious structures of cultures, global cultures, and methods of cultural analysis (hermeneutics of cultural texts and institutions, ethnographies of local cultural practices, structural semiotics of cultural structures, gathering and interpretation of historical archives, sampling of media flows, documentary methods, among others).

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

Cost: $2310 for academic credit (3 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


Dream, Fantasy and Symbolic Communication

Instructor: Dr. Siamak Movahedi
Schedule: Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other week, two-credit schedule, starting September.  Classes meet Friday afternoons, 3:00-5:00 PM.  The dates are Sept.7, Sept.21, Oct.5, Oct.19, Oct.26, Nov.2, Nov.16, Nov.30, Dec.7, Dec.14, Jan.11, and Jan.25

Course Description: This course acquaints students with the language of the unconscious and primary process as it appears in dreams, fantasy, delusions, myth, symptoms, and creative works. The course examines the basic mechanisms of dream formation (e.g., condensation, reversal, displacement, symbolization, secondary revision), beginning with the study of Freud’s work on dream interpretation. The course then explores more recent research on sleep and the nature and functions of dreams. Students develop skill in recognizing and understanding unconscious communication and motivation.

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

Cost:  $1540 for academic credit (2 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


 

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

For information on continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, or marriage and family counseling, call 617.277.3915.

CE credit information is included with each event description.

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