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How Freud Can Help Us with our Techniques Today
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
Pittsburgh, PA
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How Freud Can Help Us with our Techniques Today
October 25, November 8, November 15, December 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: PPC Library
401 Shady Avenue, B101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Cost:$200 8CE/CME credits; $100 without credits
Suggested Audience: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals.

Presenters: Sessions 1 and 2: Howard Foster, M.D.; Sessions 3 and 4: Bruce Fink, Ph.D. and Howard Foster, M.D.

Required Reading: A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice (2017). New York and London, Norton. Available on Amazon.

The goals of the course are to learn about Freud's crucial concepts and techniques related to exploring and affecting the unconscious, and then to see how these techniques are relevant to the treatment of patients today. The format of the course assumes that the participants have read Dr. Fink's book. In the first two sessions, there will be a review and discussion of Freud's concepts and techniques as described in A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice. In this book, Dr. Fink explores Freud's theories in an engaging and useful way through seeing how Freud works with symptoms, dreams, and structure (Cases of the Rat Man and of Dora); Dr. Fink also describes contemporary problems that clinicians face today. In the second two sessions, the questions that have been formulated in the first two sessions about Freud's theories and techniques related to investigating the unconscious will be discussed with Dr. Fink, in order to understand these concepts and techniques more fully. The ultimate goal of the course is to help clinicians have more tools in their toolboxes with which to impact their patients unconscious and be more effective in helping them change.

Learning Objectives of Session One:
1. Participants will be able to explain how Freud developed his concepts and techniques by exploring his patients symptoms.
2. Participants will be able to discuss how to use Freudian approaches to understand dreams. The reaching of these objectives will be shown through the class discussion.

Learning Objectives of Session Two:
1. Participants will be able to discuss how Freud learned and developed techniques to look at the unconscious, through seeing how Freud worked with the Rat Man and Dora, and to deal with patient's symptoms.
2. Participants will be able to use new techniques to stir the unconscious and see how contemporary issues can cause counter-transferences issues that interfere with investigating the unconscious.

Learning Objectives of Session Three:
I. Participants will be able to discuss how Freud made mistakes with his patients and learned from them, as they ask Dr. Fink about Freud's strengths and weakness as a therapist.
2. Participants will be able to discuss how to work with patients dreams today.

Learning Objectives of Session Four:
1. Participants will be able to discuss how Dr. Fink thinks about therapeutic action and how it changes the patient.
2. Participants will be able to describe how Freud's techniques of exploring the unconscious compare with other theoretical points of view (e.g., Lacanian, Relational, and Self-Psychology). These above objectives will be demonstrated in the lively discussions during the classes.

About Our Presenters:
Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as Professor of Psychology from 1993 to 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.

Dr. Fink is the author of six books on Lacan (which have been translated into many different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Croatian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese):
The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance (Princeton University Press, 1995)
A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique (Harvard University Press, 1997)
Lacan to the Letter: Reading Écrits Closely (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)
Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners (W.W. Norton and Co., 2007)
Against Understanding: Commentary, Cases, and Critique in a Lacanian Key, 2 volumes (London: Routledge, 2013-2014.

Continuing Medical Education Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum number of (3) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

APA-American Psychological Association Statement:
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

This program is being offered for 8.0 continuing education credits.
Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.


Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library (View)
401 Shady Ave., Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States


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Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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