Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Instructor: Laurie J. Pahel, MD
This 16 session course will provide mental health clinicians with a psychoanalytic framework for approaching the clinical evaluation of clients, both new and complex on-going cases. Applying a psychoanalytic lens to patient assessment allows the clinician to more deeply consider the nuances each particular individual brings to the therapistís office when seeking help.
Course sessions will utilize lively and active participation as we take turns role-playing patient-therapist interviews and interactions. Each student will be asked to prepare at least one case or case-composite for the role-playing activity. The instructor will demonstrate this technique in the first class.
The primary text,
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Nancy McWilliams, PhD, will inform our discussion of the participatory exercises. The tone of the class will be supportive and open-minded as we consider each participantís viewpoint and interpretation of patient evaluation.
Class will be limited to 10 students and is for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.
Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
January 22 - May 7
Chapel Hill Psychoanalytic Practice
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.
$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.
The syllabus will be posted soon. Please check back for an update.
If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at amazon.com; it also available at other online book retailers and can be ordered at local bookstores.
McWilliams, Nancy (2011)
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process
. New York: The Guilford Press
About the Instructor:
Laurie J. Pahel, MD
has been in private practice serving adults for over eleven years. She is a graduate of and now an adjunct faculty member of UNC Psychiatry Department, supervising residents in their psychotherapy work. She is a graduate of the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, which is now the psychoanalysis training program of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC). She is certified by the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association to practice psychoanalysis. As a faculty member of PECC, she supervises psychoanalytic psychotherapy trainees, and she teaches classes in the core curriculum. †Dr. Pahel participates on PECC committees with the intention of helping to support student education and professional development in psychoanalytically informed careers.
Class participants will be able to:
formulate a preliminary diagnosis and goals for treatment.
understand and appreciate the patientís range of and capacity for affective expression.
recognize the types of character organization as described by Nancy McWilliams.
assess and recognize the psycho-social factors which contribute to the clientís psychodynamic assessment and treatment recommendations.
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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