Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Spring 2015
Instructor: Ernie Braasch, MD
Assistant Instructor: Mardy Ireland, PhD
Course Description:
This 16 session course will provide mental health clinicians with a psychoanalytic framework for approaching the clinical evaluation of clients, both new and complex on-going cases. Applying a psychoanalytic lens to patient assessment allows the clinician to more deeply consider the nuances each particular individual brings to the therapist's office when seeking help.
Course sessions will utilize lively and active participation as we take turns role-playing patient-therapist interviews and interactions. Each student will be asked to prepare at least one case or case-composite for the role-playing activity. The instructors will demonstrate this technique in the first class.
The primary text, Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Nancy McWilliams, PhD, will inform our discussion of the participatory exercises. The tone of the class will be supportive and open-minded as we consider each participant's viewpoint and interpretation of patient evaluation.

Class will be limited to 10 students and is for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.
Time: Tuesdays, 7:10 pm - 8:40 pm
Dates: January 20 - May 5
Location: Binkley Baptist Church
CME Credits: 24
CE Credits: 9 Category A
NBCC: 24 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy training programs.
Registration Fee: $25
Registration deadline is January 15. Registration fee is due by January 15.
  • 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.
  • We may accept registrations after January 15, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
  • Tuition: $650 Due January 14
    $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 non-refundable.
  • 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.

  • Syllabus: To download click here.

    Required Text: If you click on the book title, you will be linked to the book's page at; it also available at other online book retailers and can be ordered at local bookstores.
    McWilliams, Nancy (2011) Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. New York: The Guilford Press

    About the Instructors:

    Ernie Braasch, MD is a past president of the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. He did his adult psychiatry residency training at John Umstead Hospital and Duke Medical Center. He is a graduate of the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program and training and supervising analyst of PECC. Currently, he is in private practice in Raleigh. Recently, he has been integrating mindfulness and EMDR into his work with patients. Psychoanalytically, he has always integrated classical, self psychological, and relational models of understanding patients.
    Mardy Ireland, PhD is a psychoanalyst and psychologist who has pursued the working dialectic between the British and French schools of psychoanalysis since the early 1990's. Drawing on this dialectic, she is the author of Reconceiving Women (1993), The Art of the Subject (2003), and a contributor to Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Engagement (2011). She has a clinical practice in Raleigh.

    Course Objectives:
    Class participants will be able to:
  • Formulate a preliminary diagnosis and goals for treatment.
  • Revise a diagnostic formulation and treatment strategy as clinical work unfolds.
  • Consider the aims and technique of a first interview.
  • Consider the importance of patient-therapist ?match?.
  • Assess factors that cannot be changed that set limits to the clinical work, such as genetic and medical situations.
  • Discuss defense mechanisms and be able to assess the patient?s defensive structure.
  • Assess the patient's range of and capacity for affective expression.
  • Describe the types of character organization as described by Nancy McWilliams.
  • Assess and recognize the psycho-social factors which contribute to the client?s psychodynamic assessment and treatment recommendations.
  • For additional information please contact:
    Lisa Long, Administrator
    Phone: (919) 490-3212
    Email: [email protected]

    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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