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Courses Open to Public-Fall 2014

To register for any of the following classes, please fill out and return the application found here, to the registrar:


Allison Williams
1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
registrar@bgsp.edu
(617) 277-3915

Dream, Fantasy, and Symbolic Communication

PT 155

This course acquaints students with the language of the unconscious and primary process as it appears in dreams, fantasy, delusions, myth, symptoms, and creative works. The course examines the basic mechanisms of dream formation (e.g., condensation, reversal, displacement, symbolization, secondary revision), beginning with the study of Freud's work on dream interpretation. The course then explores more recent research on sleep and the nature and functions of dreams. Students develop skill in recognizing and understanding unconscious communication and motivation.

This class is designed to help participants:

  1. Discuss the language of the unconscious and primary process as it appears in dreams, fantasy, delusions, myth, symptoms and creative works.
  2. Compare and contrast the basic mechanisms of dream formation -- condensation, displacement, symbolization, secondary revision. 
  3. Discuss  Freud’s work on dream interpretation. 
  4. Compare and contrast Freud’s views to more recent theories about the nature and functions of dreams and fantasy formation. 
  5. Analyze the use of dream in the conduct of psychoanalysis within the context of transference, resistance, and disguised communication. 
  6. Utilize personal dreams and fantasies as well as clinical case materials as they relate to the topics of discussion.

Instructor: Dr. Siamak Movahedi

Schedule: Fridays, 10 AM - 12 PM

Start Date: September 5, 2014

Non-Credit: $450

Academic Credit: 2 credits -- $1300

CE Credit: 24 credits -- $550

 

 

Concepts of Group Analysis

PT 150

This course studies group dynamics and processes and the psychoanalytic treatment of groups, families, and couples. Students consider phenomena unique to group settings and explore how to handle resistances and manage impulses in group interactions. The course provides theoretical bases for, and demonstrates, technical interventions. This course is designed to meet the licensing board's requirement for a course on Group Work.

This class is designed to help participants:

  1. Distinguish among different psychoanalytic theories of group process;
  2. Use different psychoanalytic clinical approaches to groups;
  3. Begin to handle and resolve individual and group resistances;
  4. Consider special treatment issues in group therapy;
  5. Discuss issues such as What it is like to be a member of a group; what it is like to experience the arousal and handling of impulses and the transference to the leader and to other group members; and discuss  other members’ experiences.

Instructor:Ms. Elizabeth Dorsey

Schedule: Fridays, 3 – 5 PM

Start Date: September 5, 2014

Non-Credit: $450

Academic Credit: 3 credits -- $1950

CE Credit: 24 credits-- $550

Psychoanalysis and The Arts

PT 165

The course will look at the roots of creativity, including its expression and inhibition, its relationship with dreaming, desire, destruction, longing, symbolization, and sublimation, both in illness and in health. We will sample the variety of ways psychoanalysis has interacted with the arts throughout its history. The course is open to matriculated and continuing education students with a particular interest in the arts.

This class is designed to help participants:

  1. Explore the relationship between art and psychoanalysis in their own experience.
  2. Discuss assigned articles and books on a range of related topics.
  3. Articulate their thoughts in speaking and writing about the course material and class process.
  4. Practice relating conflicting ideas in a therapeutic manner with other class members.
  5. Apply concepts to clinical work, teaching, and artwork as individually relevant.

Instructor: Dr. Mara Wagner

Schedule: Wednesdays, 7 – 9 PM

Start Date: September 3, 2014

Non-Credit: $450

Academic Credit: 2 credits -- $1300

CE Credit: 24 credits -- $550

 

Applied Theory of Culture

PC770B

This course is an introduction to Social Theory and Culture. Social Theory is trained reflection on ways of knowing social life. But it is not only this, and it never begins purely as trained reflection. Social theory arises first and foremost from everyday life, from an enormous variety of contexts of conversation, discussion, and interaction between ordinary people. These are the same contexts that lead to the formation of such things as social movements, political parties, trade unions, and organized mass actions such as consumption, strikes, and revolutions. Analysis of the cultural context of social theory is the main goal of this course.

This course is designed to help the participant:

  1. Discuss the meaning of social theory and how it is formed.
  2. Explain how social theory is related to social movements, political parties, trade unions and organized mass actions.
  3. Debate and analyze different views in social theory.
  4. Analyze the cultural context of social theory.
  5. Write a paper which demonstrates integration of social theory ideas presented in this course, as they apply to a current social issue.

Instructor: Dr. Jorge Capetillo
Schedule: Fridays, 10 AM - 12 PM
Start Date: September 5, 2014
Non-Credit: $450
Academic Credit: 3 credits-- $1950
CE Credits: 24 credits-- $550

 

Clinical Work with Children

CP 188

This course examines theory and technique in working with children in therapeutic settings, including child diagnosis, childhood psychopathology and therapeutic techniques. The class specifically explores the use of play and talking therapy techniques, working with children individually and in groups.

This course is designed to help the partcipants:

  1. Discuss the defense styles of children.
  2. Describe the developmental milestones that influence the management of aggression and defensive patterning.
  3. Examine the impact of trauma on the brain and defensive restructuring.
  4. Explore selected behavior patterns that constrain learning, provoke anger and/or alienation.
  5. Discuss interventions to deal with destructive patterning.
  6. Apply class material to discussion of case presentations.
  7. Write a final paper which demonstrates an integration of reading and therapeutic recommendations of a case study.

Instructor: Dr. Vincent Panetta
Schedule: Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 

Start Date: September 15, 2014
Non-Credit: $450

 

Academic Credit: 2 credits--$1300

CE Credit: 24 credits--$550