The Analytic Attitude, Part I
Instructors: Steven D. Bennett, PhD and Donna Stanley, LCSW
This 16 session course is the first in a series of courses aimed at helping the psychoanalytic therapist conceptualize an intense therapeutic relationship that is at the core of the psychoanalytic process.† As a process aimed at freeing the patientís inner life, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are distinguished by the principle that has been termed the analytic attitude.† It is this principle that differentiates psychoanalytic treatments from those therapies in which the focus is generally limited to symptom relief and behavioral change.†
In Analytic Attitude I, class readings and discussion will explore the conditions under which the therapist and patient encounter each other with their own needs and expectations, some of which naturally foster an exploratory process and some of which tend to work against the goals of treatment.† Attention to the practical considerations required for facilitating a holding environment; the patientís strengths, limitations, and needs for attachment, safety, and mastery; and the therapistís own needs and capacities will organize the semester.† An analytic attitude of non-intrusive curiosity and non-judgmental acceptance will be balanced against the need to develop techniques such as the use of transference, the promotion of free association, and the importance of interpreting unconscious fantasy.†
This course is intended for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.
Prerequisite: Students will need a basic exposure to and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. Applicants can meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation). Applicants who donít meet this requirement can register for the course with permission of the instructors.
Time: Tuesday, 7:10 pm - 8:40 pm
Dates: January 22 - May 7
Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 students.
Location: Center for Psychological and Family Services, Chapel Hill
CME Credits: 24
LPC Credits: 24 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.
Registration Fee: $25 for non-matriculated students
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
Non-matriculated students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC.
Registration Deadline: January 15
We may accept registrations after January 15, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
$485 for students matriculated in the training programs
$600 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$650 for non-matriculated students
The registration fee is non-refundable.
The cancellation deadline is January 14.
Students who cancel after January 14 but before January 22 will be charged a $40 late cancellation fee.
Students who cancel or drop the class January 22 or later are expected to pay the full tuition.
Click here for Course Syllabus.
About the Instructors:
Steve Bennett, PhD
is the Director of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC). He is on the faculty of the PECC and is adjunct Associate Clinical Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. Steve is a psychologist/psychoanalyst who in 1993 established in Chapel Hill the Center for Psychological and Family Services which has consulted with ministers and congregations on the integration of therapeutic practices with faith communities. His research interests include the relationship between patient, therapist, and cultural variables.
Donna Stanley, LCSW
is a clinical social worker in private practice in Chapel Hill. She received her MSW from UNC-Greensboro and NC A&T, a unique joint program spanning both universities. She worked at John Umstead Psychiatric Hospital in the Child and Adolescent Unit prior to starting her private practice, and she is a graduate of the Advanced Curriculum of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of NC. She is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC) and is a member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Steering Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and is the Secretary/Treasurer on the Governance Committee.
Class participants will be able to:
Articulate the place of free association in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic technique.
Describe five characteristics of the therapist that must be managed by the dyad for treatment to be effective.
Understand five patient characteristics that contribute to and inhibit an effective treatment relationship.
Identify five things to consider when establishing a therapeutic frame.
Demonstrate understanding of analytic listening via presentation of their own case material.
For additional information please contact:
Sarah Tillis, MSW, Administrative Director
Phone: (919) 490-3212
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs, please contact the Administrative Director.
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