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COURSE NINE – Exploring Psychoanalysis and Spirituality: An (Un)easy Co-existence

COURSE NINE - Exploring Psychoanalysis and Spirituality: An (Un)easy Co-existence

Course Coordinator: Stephen Fowler

Seminar Leaders: Stephen Fowler, Don Carveth

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 2020 (4 evenings, via distance learning)

Fees: $240

Registration Deadline: March 16, 2020
Preregistration is required.

Due to current public health concerns this course will only be available via Distance Learning.


This course will address some of the ambivalence that psychoanalysis has had traditionally, when it comes to considering religion and spirituality more broadly. A case will be made for understanding “truth that constitutes lived experience” that exceeds the bounds of scientific rationalism. If we can think wisely both psychoanalytically and spiritually, then perhaps our clinical capacities can be broadened.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course:

  1. Participants will learn of ways of thinking about patients’ and their own realities (truths) that are freed from strict intellectualist approaches.
  2. The traditional sources of limits on many psychotherapists’ capacities for engaging with their clients’ spiritual strivings will be explored and means of attaining greater latitude with them developed.
  3. Participants will explore ways of incorporating their own spirituality into their professional work.
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Stephen Fowler, MD, FIPA

Stephen Fowler, MD, FIPA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice, author of Probing the Mind to Free the Soul: Toward a Psychoanalytic Protest Theology, Faculty TPS.

Donald L. Carveth, PhD, RP, FIPA

Donald L. Carveth, PhD, RP, FIPA, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, York University; Training & Supervising Analyst, Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis; Faculty, TPS&I.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2019/2020 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.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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