Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychological Development Across the Life Cycle
Part I: Infancy through Preadolescence

Fall 2014
Instructors: Nancy Livingston, MD and Lois Ostrow, LCSW
Course Description:
There are developmental challenges to be mastered throughout the life cycle from infancy through old age.  This course will utilize a psychoanalytic perspective to explore these intrapsychic and interpersonal developmental tasks and the issues resulting from failure to master them.
The course will be given in two parts, Part I in the fall semester and Part II in the spring. Each semester's course will be 16 sessions.
Part I will begin with an introduction of the psychoanalytic developmental model, followed by a discussion of defenses and their role in development.  The developmental tasks of the child, from the establishment of psychic structures in infancy to the beginnings of the reorganization of those structures in preadolescence, will be addressed in the context of the child?s growing internal challenges as he faces an expanding interpersonal, social, and academic world.
Part II will continue building on the developmental tasks in Part I to explore adolescence through end of life issues.  The continuum of development throughout the life cycle will be a major focus of this course.
We will consider differing theoretical perspectives using readings from classic and more recent articles.  Relevant clinical material will be presented, and class members will have ample opportunity for discussion.
This course is appropriate for intermediate through advanced students, as well as clinicians with extensive experience who have permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: This class is open to non-matriculated students and is a required class for matriculated students in either the Adult, Adult/Child or Child-Focused Psychoanalytic programs and in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program. Non-matriculated 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). Other students may take this class with permission of the instructors.
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dates: August 20 - December 10 (no class on Nov. 26)
Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 students.
Location: Chapel Hill
CME Credits: 24
CE Credits: 9 Category A & 15 Category B
NBCC: 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.
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.

  • Course Syllabus: Click here for the Course Syllabus.
    About the Instructors:

    Nancy T. Livingston, MD is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and supervisor of mental health professionals, in private practice since 1977. She completed her residency in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at Duke Medical Center. Dr. Livingston graduated from the Duke-UNC Psychoanalytic Education Program (now the Psychoanalysis Training Program of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas). She has been a teaching analyst in this analytic program since 1992 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor on the faculty of the Duke Department of Psychiatry. She has also held positions in psychoanalytic organizations on the local and national levels.

    Lois Ostrow, LCSW is a child, adolescent, adult and couples psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She graduated from the Tufts University Department of Child Study and UNC School of Social Work. Before beginning her private practice she saw children and their families, and supervised interns in the Durham Child Guidance Clinic of Duke University Department of Psychiatry. She continues to be clinical faculty at Duke and is a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC).

    Course Objectives:
    Class participants will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of developmental lines and developmental tasks.
  • Clarify the unique aspects of a psychoanalytic approach to development.
  • Conceptualize the ways in which psychological development may occur throughout the life cycle.
  • Apply relevant concepts of drive theory, ego psychology, object relations and attachment theory, and self psychology to more comprehensively explore the developmental process.
  • Identify the significant developmental tasks of infancy through pre-adolescence.
  • Discuss possible negative experiences during different stages of development and their consequences.
  • Explore the significant factors in the transition periods between major developmental stages.
  • Utilize clinical material to illustrate developmental concepts, including material from their own experiences
  • Foster class discussion among class members of different disciplines to expand understanding of concepts

  • 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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