Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics
Fall 2013
Instructors: Harold Kudler, MD and William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD
Course Description:
  • This 16-session course provides students with an essential vocabulary and a basic overview of a clinical and humanistic perspective informed by psychoanalysis.
  • Students will learn about establishing a psychotherapy framework and consider how childhood development, unconscious conflict, and psychological trauma influence memory, symptoms, relationships, and a sense of self.
  • Students will learn how psychoanalytic concepts can be applied to psychotherapy, diagnoses, and to understanding mature and immature defenses, transference, and countertransference.
  • Students will read seminal and contemporary papers and texts, now considered to be classics in the field. They will be introduced to the work of key psychoanalytic figures including Freud, Winnicott, Fromm-Reichmann, Sullivan, and Bettelheim.
  • Students will be introduced to the history of psychoanalysis and to some of its controversies.
  • The weekly meetings combine lecture and seminar formats, and student participation is encouraged. The instructors use a minimum of jargon, thereby demonstrating how psychoanalytic insights illuminate every day life and can assist the clinician in understanding and relating to people, regardless of clinical setting.
    This course, which focuses on how psychoanalytic ideas provide an informed approach to human motivations and behavior, has been designed for the mental health professional but is also appropriate for the interested lay person.
    Time: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Dates: August 26 - December 16
  • There will be no class on September 2.
  • The September 30 class will be rescheduled for later in the week for a site visit by the American Psychoanalytic Association.
  • Class Size: Class will be limited to 12 students.
    Dodson Conference Room, Fourth Floor
    White Zone, Duke University Medical Center
    CME Credits: 24
    NBCC: 24 CE clock hours
    This class does not offer Category A CE credits for psychologists.
    Independent Study:
    Graduate students in the UNC School of Social Work may be able to receive Independent Study credit for this course. For additional information, please contact your advisor.
    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: August 19
    We may accept registrations after August 20, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
    Tuition: Due August 19
    $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 August 18.
  • Students who cancel after August 18 but before August 26 will be charged a $40 late cancellation fee.
  • Students who cancel or drop the class August 26 or later are expected to pay the full tuition.

  • Required Texts: All books are available in paperback, and you may be able to purchase used copies. If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at, though other bookstores also carry these texts.
    Bettelheim, Bruno (1982) Freud and Man's Soul. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
    Bruch, Hilde (1974) Learning Psychotherapy: Rationale and Ground Rules.  Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
    Course Syllabus: Click here for the Course Syllabus.
    About the Instructors:
    Harold Kudler, M.D. is Past Chair of the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation.  Dr. Kudler is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and an Advanced Candidate in both the Adult and Child programs of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas.  He was a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of North Carolina and is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, including the American Psychoanalytic Association's Edith Sabshin Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Teaching.

    William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD is a past President the National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (now the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work).  He is the Director of Training for the Department of Social Work at Duke University Medical Center, where he is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn. He has been teaching psychotherapy to Duke psychiatry residents for over 25 years. He is on the editorial board of the Clinical Social Work Journal and Psychoanalytic Social Work and has authored and lectured on numerous clinical and theoretical papers.  He was the 2005 recipient of the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and in 1999 he was the recipient of the Heart of Social Work Award awarded at the meeting of the Council On Social Work Education. He was the 2010 recipient of the Smith College School for Social Work, Day-Garrett Award and in 2011 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Clinical Social Work and Psychoanalysis by the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW).

    Course Objectives:
    Class participants will be able to:
  • Learn the essential considerations for beginning and sustaining a treatment.
  • Become informed about various key contributors to psychoanalytic thought including Freud, Winnicott, Fromm-Reichmann, Sullivan, and Bettelheim.
  • Understand key psychoanalytic concepts including mature and immature defenses, transference and counter-transference, the role of empathy, and the importance of a developmental perspective.
  • Learn how a psychoanalytic perspective can inform all clinical work: from supportive to insight-oriented psychotherapy; to casework in agency settings; and as a way of understanding the psychology of everyday life.

  • For additional information please contact:
    Lisa Long, Administrator
    Phone: 919-490-3212

    CE-CME Information:
    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 Administrator.

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