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COURSE ELEVEN – Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

COURSE ELEVEN – Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Online Course

Course Coordinator and Leader: Judith Hamilton, MD (Ret’d), FRCP Psych

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2025. (5 sessions)

Fees: $350

Deadline for registration is March 6, 2025.
Preregistration is required.
** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

Many training programs focus on teaching numerous theories of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Unfortunately, most people find that this is insufficient for practising psychotherapy. In this course you will have a chance to discuss the practical approaches/techniques and the challenging hurdles when practising psychodynamic psychotherapy.

We will be using the work of Fred Busch, PhD, from his book Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A psychoanalytic method and theory (Routledge Publishers, 2014). He developed it for psychoanalysis, but it fits psychodynamic psychotherapy very well.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Practise psychodynamic psychotherapy with a new orientation directed towards the pre-conscious.
  2. Understand the contrast and significance between mainstream psychotherapy techniques and those proposed by Fred Busch.
  3. Become familiar with counter-transference from this point of view, its provocation, and ways of handling.
  4. Understand the differences between the content and the form of patients’ productions and how to respond to each.
Judith Hamilton, MD (Ret’d), FRCP Psych

Psychoanalyst. She teaches in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Member TPS&I.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2024/2025 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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