Beyond the Basic Curriculum at IPTAR

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The Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee is pleased to offer the following courses. ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR CE CREDIT FOR SOCIAL WORKERS, LPs and ART THERAPISTS. Approximately one month before a course begins, a registration form for it is posted at the bottom of the course description each time the course is advertised. Beyond the Basic Curriculum courses are open to candidates (ADULT, CAP, INTEGRATED programs) who are past their second year of study, and to IPTAR members. In addition, they are often open to candidates and members of other institutes. IPTAR candidates who have completed their coursework but have not yet graduated are required to take one BBC course per year.

Instructor: Erwin Flaxman, Ph.D.
MONDAYS, October 22, 29 November 5,12,19,26
8:00-9:30PM @ IPTAR Conference Room
From its earliest days, Freud and his followers wanted to demonstrate that psychoanalysis was a universal science for understanding how the mind expresses itself. But many of those efforts in literature and the arts were questioned and discounted. In part this was so because psychoanalytic theory was often applied “wildly” to culture, which Freud warned could happen. Yet psychoanalytic theory continues to be applied—aptly–to many areas of knowledge and action, and its value needs to be continuously examined and justified.
This six-week Beyond the Basic Curriculum course is designed to help participants derive, apply, and test methods of applying psychoanalytic theory to works of imaginative literature. Course participants will first read and discuss theoretical works on applied psychoanalysis by Francis Baudry, Aaron Esman, Charles Hanly, and Norman Holland. Then they will read Freud’s “Psychopathic Characters on the Stage,” as an instance of his use of psychoanalysis to explain an audience’s response to theater and drama. In addition, participants will analyze a number of works of imaginative literature, selecting from such writers as Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Willa Cather, Herman Melville, and Saul Bellow; dramatists such as Sophocles and Strindberg; and poets such as Sylvia Plath, Frank Bidart, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and Wallace Stevens.
Teaching Method – Readings and Discussion
Participants will understand and be able to critique the theoretical literature on the principles and methods of applied psychoanalysis.
Participants will be able to apply psychoanalytic theory and clinical knowledge to works of imaginative literature.
Participants will be able to evaluate the contribution of psychoanalysis to an understanding of the works of imaginative literature being discussed.
Erwin Flaxman, Ph.D. is a Fellow and member of the faculty at IPTAR. He has taught literature at several colleges and universities, and written papers applying psychoanalysis to culture and literature.

Instructors: Joe Cancelmo, PsyD. and Michael Diamond, PhD.
FRIDAYS, January 4,11,18,25 February 1,8
12:15-145@ IPTAR Conference Room
Freud reminded us from the earliest days of psychoanalysis that our intra-psychic and inter-psychic worlds are inextricably linked: “In the individual’s mental life, someone else is invariably involved, as a model, as an object, as a helper, as an opponent; … (which) … is at the same time social psychology as well.” (1921).
This course will consider the links between concepts familiar to us in our clinical dyadic work as psychoanalysts, what Bion later called the “Group of Two,” to the psychodynamics of our membership in groups and organizations as living dynamic systems. We will present a conceptual frame for the regressive and progressive forces that operate, often out of our conscious awareness, in group and organizational life. The power of the transference and counter transference, the object relational “organizations in the mind” of the group and organizational identifications that populate our internal worlds and the defenses against basic anxieties that often emerge when we collaborate with others will be highlighted. Freudian, Kleinian, and Bionian models, as well as contemporary object relational, relational, intersubjective and field theories will be examined, through dyadic, group and organizational examples, to illustrate how systems can impact the intra-psychic world of the individual, and how individuals can impact the systems in which they dwell.

We will use “Discovering Organizational Identity” by M.A. Diamond as the basic text, along with readings from authors such as: S. Freud, M. Klein, W.R. Bion, I Menzies-Lyth, D. Armstrong and L.J. Gould.

9 CONTACT HOURS = 9 CE Credits
Teaching Method: Readings and Discussion
Participants will consider the mutual, intersubjective forces that shape experience in small and large groups and organizations and contribute to the structure and dynamic culture of these systems.
Participants will learn rudimentary forms of psychoanalytically informed consultancy; assessment, diagnosis, intervention and change.
Participants will learn how to apply psychoanalytic theory to group, organizational and systemic dynamics.
Michael A. Diamond, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of public affairs and organization studies, University of Missouri, organizational consultant, and author of his most recent book, Discovering Organizational Identity (2017). He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, and member of the steering committee and Faculty of the Gould Center for Psychoanalytic Organizational Study and Consultation (IPTAR).
Joseph Cancelmo, PsyD. Is a Fellow at IPTAR and Head of the Gould Center for Psychoanalytic Organizational Study and Consultation at IPTAR. He has a private practice in New York.

Instructor: Seymour Moskovitz, PhD
WEDNESDAYS, January 30, February 6,13,20,27 March 6,13,20
@8-930 pm, IPTAR Conference Room
This eight-week course will examine Hans Loewald’s writings and their influence on contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. Loewald’s role as both an extender and modifier of tradition, a “radical conservative,” will be explored. While firmly rooted in Freudian theory and the structural model, Loewald’s work will be viewed as providing a platform for considering interaction with others as constitutive of mind. Loewald’s seminal contributions to our understanding of psychic reality, internalization, object relations, memory, language, the Oedipus Complex, and sublimation will be examined, with particular attention to his theory of therapeutic action, adding the analyst as new object to traditional views of transference and repetition. The seminar will include both original papers by Loewald, along with appraisals, appreciations, and critiques of his work by major contemporary theorists. Original unpublished correspondence from the Loewald archives will be used to highlight and enrich our understanding of the historical context of his contribution.
12 Contact Hours = 12 CE Credits
Teaching Method: Readings and Discussion
Participants will understand Loewald’s historic role as an extender and modifier of Freudian tradition
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Loewald’s thinking and his centrality to Contemporary Freudianism in such areas as therapeutic action, the role of the analyst, and the Oedipus Complex, among other contributions.

Seymour Moskovitz, PhD. is faculty at IPTAR and NYU Post Doc. He is in private practice in New York as a forensic/clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.

Instructor: Jared Russell, PhD.
WEDNESDAYS, May 1, 8, 15, 22
@ 260 West 72nd Street #1CA
830 – 10pm
What is often referred to by American clinicians as “French psychoanalysis” has in fact been widely received throughout Europe, Latin America and elsewhere. In this course we will consider why it has been so difficult for American audiences to integrate this project into their work, as it challenges basic assumptions we hold concerning the nature of psychological treatment, the practice of interpretation, and the relationship between mind and world. As examples drawn from clinical practice will demonstrate, what can appear on the surface to be intellectually abstruse theory actually reflects alternative ways of thinking about how psychoanalysis can be most effective in promoting difference, transformation and change. With this in mind we will also look at recent attempts by international authors working in the French tradition to distinguish the aims of psychoanalysis from the demands of the “mental health industry.” Readings will include brief selections from Jacques Lacan, Jean Laplanche, Piera Aulagnier, René Major, Marie-Hélène Brousse and Jacques-Alain Miller. Challenging entrenched forms of clinical authoritarianism with which prominent versions of psychoanalysis still wish to remain aligned, these authors lead psychoanalysis toward renewed relevance in treating the pathologies of the 21st century.

6 Contact Hours = 6 CE Credits
Teaching Method: Readings and Discussion
Participants will engage with a variety of French psychoanalytic thinkers and understand their positions relative to other traditions in the field.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the particularity of their thinking and how to use it clinically.
Dr. Jared Russell, PhD. is a graduate of IPTAR. He is in private practice in New York and the author of Nietzsche and the Clinic: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Metaphysics (Karnac, 2016)

Instructor: Alan Bass, PhD.
WEDNESDAYS, June 5,12,17,24
@ 27 West 96th Street
8:30 -10 pm
This four week course will examine the clinical and theoretical issues of “concreteness” in relation to fetishism. Time and interest permitting, there may also be a broader discussion of the history of the concept of fetishism.
6 Contact hours = 6 CE credits
Teaching Method: Readings and Discussion

Participants will understand the concept of concreteness, particularly as it relates to fetishism.
Participants will engage with the views of various theorists to arrive at a deeper understanding of fetishism
Alan Bass, PhD is a Fellow at IPTAR where he is also on Faculty. He has published widely in the field and has a private practice in Manhattan. His most recent book is, Fetishism, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing (Routledge, 2017)

***Course Fees: For IPTAR and CAP members and candidates courses are $180 for a four-week course, $218 for a six-week course, and $255 for an eight-week course. For candidates and members of other institutes, courses are $255 for a 4-week course, $317 for a 6-week course, and $380 for an eight-week course.

Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee: Janis Leventhal, Chair; Judith Hanlon, Susan Light, Donna Roth Smith, Jeff O’Malley, Rhonda Ward For further information contact Janis Leventhal at 917-734-6191 or

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