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 Spring 2020
Modern Perspectives in Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Dr. John Madonna
Schedule: Classes will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February. Class meetings are Thursdays 4:30-6:30 PM. The dates are Feb. 6, Feb. 20, Mar. 5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, Apr. 16, Apr. 30, May 7, May 14, May 28, Jun. 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.
Enroll either for academic credit or on a continuing education basis.
Understanding and Treating Addictions
Instructor: Dr. Russel Lowe
Schedule: Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every-week, three-credit schedule, starting February. Class meetings are Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM. The dates are Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 4, Mar. 11, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, Apr. 8, Apr. 15, Apr. 29, May 6, May 13, May 27, Jun. 10.
Course Description: Learn about addiction, its symptoms, substances of choice, and underlying biological, psychological and sociocultural factors in addiction. We will explore a number of controversial questions, including the causes and nature of addiction – is it a disease or a psychological problem? We will learn how to assess and treat addictions, explore the goals of treatment, and examine the research on treatment efficacy. Throughout, we will explore the usefulness of a psychodynamic understanding in providing effective treatment, including ways to maintain a working, productive relationship with an addicted person.
Maturation II: Later Development
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hugenberger
Schedule: Classes will run 15 weeks on a mainly every-week, three-credit schedule, starting February. Class meetings are Thursdays 4:00-6:00 PM. The dates are Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, Mar. 5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, Apr. 9, Apr. 16, Apr. 30, May 7, May 14, May 28, Jun. 11.
Course Description: This course traces important developmental conflicts, healthy resolution and potential for psychopathology through later childhood, adolescence and adulthood, exploring later psychosexual stages, further development of character, healthy and unhealthy defenses and interpersonal patterns, and typical developmental “tasks” for each developmental stage. Psychoanalytic theory and knowledge are integrated with developmental theory and research.
Cultural Analysis I
Instructor: Dr. Jon Dzitko
Schedule: Classis will run 12 weeks on a mainly every-other-week, two-credit schedule, starting February. Class meetings are Fridays 5:00-7:00 PM. The dates are Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar. 6, Mar. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 3, Apr. 17, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 29, Jun. 12
Course Description: The course will introduce new and continuing students to culture as a force in social and mental life. It will cover the core literatures, selected for application to the following subjects: the semiotics of meaning formations, history of cultural analysis, culture as an exclusionary practice, culture and violence (real and symbolic), comparative culture systems, the effects of globalization on regional and national cultural traditions, unconscious structures of cultures, global cultures, and methods of cultural analysis (hermeneutics of cultural texts and institutions, ethnographies of local cultural practices, structural semiotics of cultural structures, gathering and interpretation of historical archives, sampling of media flows, documentary methods, among others).
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.