Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics
Fall 2014
Instructors: William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD and Michael N. Macklin, MD
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 18 - December 8
  • There will be no class on September 1.
  • Class Size: Class will be limited to 12 students.
    Dodson Conference Room, Fourth Floor
    White Zone, Duke University Medical Center
    CME Credits: 24
    CE Credits: 18 Category A & 6 Category B
    NBCC: 24 CE clock hours
    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
    Registration deadline is August 12. Registration fee is due by August 12.
  • Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
  • Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
  • Students should include the registration fee with the course application.
  • We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC
  • In special circumstances we may accept registrations after August 12, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee..
  • Tuition: $650 Due August 12
    $485 for students matriculated in the training programs
    $600 for residents and graduate students
    Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator.
  • The registration fee is nonrefundable.
  • Students who cancel 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.

  • Required Texts: All books are available on, 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.
    Pine, Fred (1990) Drive, Ego, Object, And Self: A Synthesis For Clinical Work. Basic Books, New York.
    Course Syllabus: Click here for the Course Syllabus.
    About the Instructors:
    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).

    Michael N. Macklin, MD is a practicing psychoanalyst in Chapel Hill. He has a particular interest in the widening scope of practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as in the broadest theoretical perspectives in psychoanalytic theory. He graduated from the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, now a component of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC). He taught many classes in the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, including Object Relations Theory, Self Psychology, and Widening Scope. He was co-chair for many years of theory section of the psychoanalytic curriculum committee, and he is a member of the faculty of the PECC.

    Course Objectives:
    In the Techniques part of the class, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the essential considerations for beginning treatment.
  • Analyze what was changed and what was lost when Freud?s work was translated from German into English.
  • Discuss the concept of illness and health and it applies to psychodynamic therapy.
  • Critique the guidelines offered by Blanck and Blanck for the therapist?s conduct in setting the frame in the beginning of psychodynamic therapy.
  • Describe what is meant by transference and countertransference and their roles in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in every day life.
  • Compare the contributions made by Sigmund Freud with those of Sandor Ferenczi to psychodynamic work.
  • Describe the immature and mature defenses and recognize their functions on the continuum of psychological functioning.
  • Explain the various manifestations of the Oedipus complex throughout the life cycle.
  • Describe some of the key contributions made by D. W. Winnicott.
  • Discuss how therapists use their own therapy, supervision and continuing education to facilitate their professional development.

  • In the Theory part of the class, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the overall trajectory of Psychoanalytic Theory over the past 100 years.
  • Explain how Psychoanalytic Theory is a theory of the mind.
  • Explain how Psychoanalytic Theory is a theory of development.
  • Describe the basic ideas of the Structural Theory.
  • Describe the basic concepts of the Klein-Bion Model.
  • Describe the basic concepts behind the Interpersonal Model.
  • Describe the basic concepts of the Self Psychology Model.
  • Describe the basic concepts of Lacanian Theory.
  • Describe the basic concepts of Relational Theory.

  • 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 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.

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