Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, and Philosophy

Spring 2014

Instructor: David Moore, PhD, LPCS
Assistant Instructor: Shelley Holmer, MD
Course Description:

This Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy course focuses on subjective experience that can be a sphere of dispute in any dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. This sphere of non-conscious/unconscious/conscious psychic reality caught up in our unique affective lived experience, resists scientific objectivity and material reduction to brain. Psychoanalysis, however, deeply immersed in subjectivity, resists being grounded by the scientific method.

Philosophy will be used to referee this dialogue by examining our naive views of science. A wider view of science will be suggested that no longer rests on a one to one correspondence theory of knowledge where linguistic propositional beliefs in the mind correspond to reality and corresponding causal brain states. Too much is happening non-consciously in cognition, affect and the right brain (confirmed in recent neuroscience and philosophy of science literature) to hold onto this naive view of science. However, this widened view of science increases the onus on psychoanalysis to become more scientific and thereby better engage in a dialogue with neuroscience and the wider mental health world.

Along with this brief introduction to these philosophical issues an historical interdisciplinary overview from Eric Kandel will be presented weaving together Freud as neurologist with the beginnings of modern medicine, neuroscience, logical/positivist philosophy and art at the turn of the century, Vienna.

At more length we will examine emerging concepts in neuroscience (Solms/Turnbull) including conscious/unconscious/nonconscious (Damasio), affect and affective knowing (Panksepp), memory and cognition (Paul Churchland), bi-hemisphere ways of knowing (McGilchrist), and genetics (two neuroscientists will help us understand the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)). Allan Schore?s work will be utilized to integrate neuroscience with everyday clinical practice. Transference, counter transference, primary and secondary process, trauma, dissociation, affect regulation and mentalization will be addressed within the context of Schore?s emphasis on attachment theory, self psychology and relational psychoanalysis.

The course is appropriate for clinicians at intermediate through advanced levels and academics with a background in the course material.

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 do not meet this requirement may register for the course with permission of the instructor.
Time: Thursday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dates: January 23 - March 13, 2014
Class Size: Class will be limited to 12 students.
Location:The Group for Psychotherapy "The Group Room" 800 Eastowne, Suite 106, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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 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.
  • Non-matriculated students should include the registration fee with the course application.

  • Registration Deadline: January 7
    In special circumstances we may accept registrations after January 7, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
    Tuition: Due January 14
    $235 for students matriculated in the training programs
    $290 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
    $315 for non-matriculated students
  • 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 Text: If you click on the book title below, you will be linked to the book's page at Barnes & Noble, but new and used copies are also avaible from other bookstores.
    Solms, M. and Turnbull, O. (2003) The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Subjective Experience. Other Press, New York.
    About the Instructor:
    David Moore, PhD, LPCS is a graduate and certified analyst in private practice, Chapel Hill Psychoanalytic Practice. He supervises psychiatry residents at UNC and Duke. At Duke he teaches a course to fourth year residents, Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychotherapy. His interdisciplinary interests include philosophy, neuroscience, theology, literature, and psychoanalysis. He is a part of Philosophy of Psychiatry discussion groups at UNC and Duke. He is past president of the NC Psychoanalytic Society, represents North Carolina on the Executive Council of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and serves on the faculty of PECC.
    About the Assistant Instructor:
    Shelley Holmer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine where she teaches psychiatry residents, medical students, physician assistant students and social work interns. Her clinical work is in both inpatient and outpatient settings and spans biological and psychological treatments. Her training as a psychotherapist began in Boston with residency at Harvard Longwood, where she pursued both her interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. She also completed a one year fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is now an active member of the PECC. At Duke, she is the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for Psychiatry and the Chair of the Residency Psychotherapy Curriculum Subcommittee. In both of these roles, she strives to integrate emerging neuroscience concepts of the brain with clinically informed psychoanalytic and behavioral models of the mind.
    Course Objectives:
    Class participants will:
    • Understand the basics of neuroscience as applied to psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
    • Understand at an introductory level the philosophical concerns (mind/body, philosophy of science?) involved in the knowledge claims in a psychoanalytic/neuroscience dialogue
    • Understand at an introductory level the NIMH Routine Domain Criteria (RDoC)
    • Understand the central concepts involved in a psychoanalytic/neuroscience dialogue
      • conscious/nonconscious/unconscious/dynamics
      • cognition and memory

    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.
    If you have special needs, please contact the Administrator.

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