Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Treatment

Spring 2014
Instructor: Alan J. Stern, PhD
Course Description:
This 8 session course explores the ways mindful attitudes and mindfulness practices can help achieve clinical goals in psychodynamic treatment. Special emphasis will be placed on “metta”, or compassionate meditation, and the ways in which compassion toward self and others can lead to a more satisfying and emotionally tranquil life for both clients engaged in psychodynamic therapy and the clinicians who work with them.
Members of the seminar will learn and be expected to practice modes of mindful meditation. They will also have opportunities to present case material and discuss how mindful meditation can be used in their clinical work.
This seminar is intended for clinicians at intermediate through advanced levels and non-clinicians who meet the prerequisite below. It will be limited to 10 students.
Clinicians who have an understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. This can be met through previous coursework, training, or clinical supervision.
Non-clinicians who have experience in the practice of mindfulness, a basic exposure to psychoanalytic theory, and an interest in deepening their understanding of how mindfulness can be used to enhance the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Time: Thursday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dates: March 20 - May 8, 2014
Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 students.
Location:Binkley Church, Chapel Hill
CME Credits: 12
CE Credits: 4 Category A & 8 Category B
NBCC: 12 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit:
Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective course credit in the psychoanalysis and 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.
  • Non-matriculated students should include the registration fee with the course application.
Registration Deadline: February 27, 2014
In special circumstances we may accept registrations after February 27, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Tuition: Due March 6, 2014
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs
$290 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$315 for non-matriculated students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Students who cancel after the registration deadline but before class begins will be given a tuition refund less a $40 administrative fee.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations after class begins.
  • Students who drop the class after it begins are expected to pay the full tuition.

  • Syllabus: To download click here.

    Required Texts: If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at, but the books are also available from other bookstores.
    Germer, Christopher, K (2009) The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. The Guilford Press, New York.

    Germer, Christopher, K., Siegel, Ronald D., and Fulton, Paul R., eds., (2005) Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. The Guilford Press, New York.

    Safran, Jeremy, ed. (2003) Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue. Wisdom Publications, Boston.

    About the Instructor:

    Alan J. Stern, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst in the Psychoanalytic Certificate Program of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC). He is a Past Director of the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program and Past President of the NC Psychoanalytic Society. He has studied mindfulness at the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. He has maintained a private practice in Chapel Hill, offering psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and supervision for more than 25 years.

    Course Objectives:

    Class participants will:
    • Understand what mindfulness is and from where it draws its intellectual and spiritual roots.
    • Learn and practice “metta” meditation—compassion toward self and others.
    • Increase their understanding of how to apply mindful attitudes and practices, especially compassion toward self and others, in actual clinical situations, working with problems of self-attack and self hatred.
    • Increase their understanding of how to apply mindful attitudes and practices, especially compassion toward self and others, in actual clinical situations involving problems of “narcissism”, both its grandiose presentation and its defenses and fragmentations.

    For additional information or if you have special needs 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 12 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.

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