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Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public

Psychoanalytic Courses Open to the Public

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


Offered Fall 2019

How the Mind Forms

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Twyman
Schedule:
Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every week, three-credit schedule, starting September 6.  Classes meet Friday afternoons, 1:00-3:00 PM.  The dates are Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24
Course Description:
This course begins by examining the earliest phases of the development of the mind. Students explore the transformation of drives through Freud’s psychosexual stages (the oral, anal, urethral, phallic and oedipal stages). The class studies how these stages influence the development of character and early communication patterns, reflected by early socialization struggles and interactive processes. Students use concepts such as the role of sexual and aggressive drives and their fusion, the capacity to distinguish self from other as well as separate objects, the importance of the family, and the role of fantasy and language to understand maturation. Students explore the relationship of psychoanalytic concepts of development to ethological, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental theories and to clinical work.

Cost: $2,400 for academic credit (3 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case


Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


Dream Fantasy and Symbolic Communication

Instructor: Dr. Siamak Movahedi
Schedule: Classes run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting September 6. Classes meet Friday afternoons 3:00-5:00 PM. The dates are Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24,
Course Description: 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.

Cost: $1600 for academic credit (2 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case


Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


Mental Illness and Education Ideology as Social Control

Instructor: Dr. Jon Dzitko
Schedule:
Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every week, three-credit schedule, starting September 6.  Classes meet Friday afternoons, 1:00-3:00 PM.  The dates are Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24

Course Description: The course explores the interconnections between the use and function of “mental illness,” as a tool of social control in educational ideology. The topic will be examined through theoretical analysis and ethnographic case studies.

Cost: $2,400 for academic credit (3 credits) | $695 for non-credit | additional $40 for Continuing Education Credit | add $50 registration fee in any case

Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public


Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

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.

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.
CE credit information is included with each event description.

Psychoanalysis Courses Open to the Public