Upcoming Courses & Events
This class will teach the fundamental psychoanalytic concepts most useful in couple therapy. Participants will learn about developmental versus defensive couples, the use of the third, projection, and the creative couple.
The hallmark of psychodynamic treatment is a focus on psychological patterns and processes that underlie overt symptoms — in other words, personality dynamics. In his lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss the personality styles and syndromes most often seen in clinical practice (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive-compulsive, etc.), describe how each personality style represents a unique pathway to “depression” that requires a distinct treatment focus, and offer clinical strategies for deepening treatment.
Join the Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee and Dr. Cowan for a screening and discussion of Leave No Trace, an evocative, poignant film about the relationship between a Veteran and his newly adolescent daughter. The film explores the legacy of war trauma and the pressures this father and daughter face as they interact with Social Services, experience homelessness, and lose their protected and secluded world. Through a psychoanalytic lens, Dr. Cowan will discuss the film’s themes, the emotional development of this young girl, and filmmaker Debra Granik’s deep and sensitive vision.
This mini-course is an overview of theories and practice in psychoanalytic work within the context of race and multicultural issues. The course specifically focuses on transference and countertransference issues that arise in racial sameness and difference in therapeutic dyads. Analytic articles will be supplemented by inter-disciplinary scholarship from critical mixed-race theory and social justice perspectives.
Interested in meeting like-minded colleagues and discussing career interests, training and professional experiences, and psychoanalytic ideas in a casual setting? Join us in the spacious and vibrant outdoor patio at Lost & Found Beer Garden in Oakland for beer or kombucha on tap. This is a great opportunity to unwind after your day and start the Spring with colleagues.