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The Nucleation of a Core Psyche and its Implications for Care
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Nucleation of a Core Psyche and its Implications for Care

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.      

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
401 Shady Ave. Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Cost:  $75 with CE/CMEs
      $40 without CE/CMEs  

Is it realistic to pursue personality change as a treatment goal? I propose that the foundation of our personality emerges from a pre-drive/object relations phase of development, a core psyche, which leaves an indelible mark on all future development. While this mark falls somewhere between a positive-negative orientation depending upon the neonatal-caregiver fit and its impact can be somewhat mitigated by subsequent psychic development, our core psyche remains essentially immutable. Identifying and addressing aspects of the core psyche pose unique challenges for the clinician and our patients. In this presentation, I will offer a conceptual framework for the genesis of a core psyche, the unique clinical issues that emerge from it as well as some clinical material reflecting my approach to working with patients in this area.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the origins and characteristics of the core psyche and its relationship to subsequent psychic development.
2.  Participants will be able to describe potential strategies to assess and intervene with psychopathology associated with the core psyche.

About Our Presenter:
Eric Rankin, PhD is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University. He is also a member of the faculty at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.  Dr. Rankin is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and most of his academic career has focused on clinical gerontology. More recently, he has published a series of psychoanalytic articles related to grieving/forgiveness and the origins of psychic life.

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 (2)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important Disclosure Information For All Learners
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 2.0 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.

Need more information?  Call Pittsburgh Psychoanaltyic Center @ 412-661-4224 or email:  administration@pghpsa.org


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


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


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