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COURSE FIVE – Psychoanalytic Approaches to Addictions

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Addictions

Course Coordinator: Tony Toneatto

Course Leaders: Tony Toneatto, Judith Hamilton

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2023. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is January 5, 2023
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This course will present information on, psychoanalytic conceptions and examples of the very contemporary topic of addictions. Both behavioural and substance addictions will be addressed (i.e., gambling, shopping, drugs, and alcohol). These will be considered from several psychoanalytic points of view including but not limited to Classical, Ego Psychology, Bion and Lacan. Implications and suggestions for treatments of patients with these conditions will be presented. Reading suggestions will be sent out before each seminar. Discussion will be welcome.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. A general understanding of some of the major addictions in contemporary society.
  2. An understanding of the psychoanalytic dynamics and structures associated with addictive behaviour.
  3. An understanding of the implications for the psychodynamic treatment of patients with these conditions.
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Tony Toneatto PhD., CPsych. FIPA

Clinical Psychologist/ Psychoanalyst in private practice. He is on the Faculty of the Masters in Pastoral Studies (Buddhism) program at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto.

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP, (Psych)

Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. She teaches in the ATPPP and in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Faculty 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 2022/2023 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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