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BGSP’s workshops, courses, and programs bring new insights and skills to everyday life, work, and clinical practice.

How? An introduction to psychoanalytic principles and techniques helps develop a deeper understanding of human dynamics. Often this leads to approaching old problems in new ways.

We welcome people with diverse interests, backgrounds, and ages to come together to ponder how the unconscious is manifested in the world. We will consider how the search for a deeper understanding of the human condition is a challenging task, but one that can enhance life experiences.

Continuing Education Credit/Clock Hours

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Approved Continuing Education Provider - NBCC
CE credit information is included with each event description.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For information on continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, or marriage and family counseling, call 617.277.3915.

“The Department of Continuing Education offers events throughout the year for the intellectually and emotionally curious who receive pleasure from exploring the human psyche as it presents itself not only clinically, but in everyday life as in relationships, the workplace, in music, art, literature, drama and in current social issues and world events.”

Patricia Hugenberger, Psya.D.
Director of Continuing Education

One Year Program

The One Year Program enriches the work of people who are interested in understanding and working with individuals, families or groups, improving personal relationships, and enhancing their quality of life.

The program introduces students to modern psychoanalytic theories and techniques in order to develop a deeper understanding of human dynamics. Often this leads to approaching old problems in new ways. Experiential learning uses real life examples and cases as a lively way to enrich the classroom experience. Two courses will be covered each semester and include:

  • The Maturational Process
  • Transference and Resistance
  • Analytic Listening
  • Countertransference


Semester One

An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of psychoanalysis including regression, transference, resistance, and the psychosexual stages

The Maturational Process

The class is designed to help the participant:

  • Discuss how an infant begins to develop psychic structure, using class readings and experience
  • Explore how the developing structure progresses from an objectless void into a person with the ability to develop object relationships
  • Analyze the transformation of drives through the libidinal stages of oral, anal, phallic and genital
  • Explore the fundamental conflict of the life and death drives and its role in shaping character
  • Analyze how these theories influence the way we understand ourselves and work with the people in our world

Transference and Resistance

This class is designed to help the participant:

  • Explain the terms resistance and transference
  • Describe the function of resistance
  • Demonstrate the use of observation for making inferences and interventions
  • Explain the meaning of narcissistic transference and resistance
  • Discuss what is meant by the positive aspects of the negative therapeutic reaction
  • Discuss the meaning of the therapeutic resolution of verbal and preverbal resistance

Semester Two

An exploration of techniques for gaining access to the unconscious, using symbolic communication and induced feelings, as well as other steps in the psychoanalytic process

Analytic Listening

The class is designed to help the participant:

  • Discuss the concept of analytic listening
  • Identify symbolic communications
  • Identify non-verbal methods of communicating
  • Discuss modern analytic ways of working with dreams
  • Discuss the meaning of progressive communication and how to promote it
  • Discuss how to listen to the unconscious (one’s own as well as that of another)


The class is designed to help the participant:

  • Define the term countertransference
  • Discuss the historical evolution of countertransference
  • Discuss countertransference resistance and how to identify and overcome it
  • Explain what is meant by Winnicott’s term “Hate in the Countertransference”
  • Discuss the idea of using countertransference as a therapeutic tool
  • Integrate case material into discussions


Classes for the 2023-2024 year are held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, beginning on September 12th. The classes are back to back (5:30-7:00pm and 7:15-8:45pm), and meet every other week for 10 weeks/semester. All times are in Eastern Time. Courses will be taught by Dr. Tara Vilk and Dr. Lynn Perlman.

Students accepted into the program are required to register before the beginning of each semester.

Fall 2024 Semester

Schedule TBD

Spring 2025 Semester

Schedule TBD

Costs | 2023-2024

$1,390 Tuition (per semester)
$75 Fees (per semester)
$100 Technology Fee (per semester)
$40 Continuing Education Credit Fee (optional – per semester)

Please note: there is a non-refundable application fee of $50. Please fill out the application form and mail with application fee enclosed to: BGSP, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446.

Continuing Education Credits

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis awards 60 CE Credit/Clock hours for completion of the One Year Program, 30 per semester. The fee for CE Credit is $40 for 30 credits. Requests for Continuing Education Credit along with the $40 fee are submitted to the Registrar during each semester’s registration period.

Application deadline is July 1st, 2024.

Modern Perspectives

Offered Spring 2024 

Each semester, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis opens its classroom doors to the public for a semester long experience.

Modern Perspectives in Psychoanalysis

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hugenberger

Format: Online via Zoom

Schedule Info:  Every other Tuesday, 5:30-7:40pm

Class Dates:  Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Mar. 5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, Apr. 16, Apr. 30, May 7, May 14, May 28, June 11

Course Description: This course introduces students to modern psychoanalysis by exploring how we understand people and how we work with patients. We examine elementary concepts related to what drives us, how we form relationships, how our characters develop, dreams, and the therapeutic interaction. We will also explore specific methods for working with psychotic, violent, and addiction-ridden patients.

Classes will run one night a week every-other-week, on a two-credit schedule. This course is fully remote with 12 class sessions via Zoom.

Enroll either for academic credit or on a continuing education basis.

Students requesting Continuing Education Credits submit a request with the registration materials before the course begins.

Cost:  $1,792 for 2 academic credits ($896/credit) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credits (24 Credit/Clock Hours) | add $75 registration fee in any case

Application deadline is January 19th, 2024.

Semester Courses

Each semester, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis opens its classroom doors to the public for a semester long experience.

Offered Spring 2024

Spring 2024 Courses Open to the Public: TBA