Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud and Beyond

- Certificate Course with 12,5 hrs of post-graduate/ CE credits in psychoanalytic education

with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NPsyA

When: Thursdays, 7:45pm - 9pm, April 13 - June 15, 2017

Where: 99 University Place, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003 OR VIRTUALLY (with minimal technical requirements for in real time participation and/ or via use of video-taped sessions)

Tuition: $450/ 10-week course/ 5 double-sessions. Ask for our need-based scholarships and payment arrangements (call the administrator at 646-522-1056).

In this course we will explore the development and the evolution of Freud's psychoanalytic technique. Freudís seminal papers on technique, from 1890 to 1905, were written before the introduction of the structural model and so were developed, primarily within the framework of the topographical model which rested on the recovery of repressed memories to affect a cure. During the second phase, he grappled with transference manifestations in the clinical situation.  Transference posed as a resistance to the patient's coming to understand their internal conflicts and so it needed to be interpreted and worked through. 

Later readings begin to introduce other models of technique and their theoretical underpinnings, particularly the inclusion of treating psychotic phenomenon.

Evolution, addition and departure from Freudís ideas on psychoanalytic technique will be looked at through the works of D.W. Winnicott and Wilfred Bion. We also will use class member's clinical material to explore applications.

Course Syllabus: 

Session One


Freud, S. (1893-1895). Psychotherapy of hysteria. SE II, 301-305 (only).

Freud, S. (1905). Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria. Postscript. SE VII, 112-122.

Freud, S. (1905). On psychotherapy. SE VII, 257-268.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe Freudís meaning of transference, especially in the context of the occurrence of his first written comments about the concept; b) Apply the concept of transference to a current clinical case.

Session Two


Freud, S. (1912). The dynamics of transference. SE XII, 99-108. 

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe Freudís notions of resistance and how it operates in the 3 kinds of transference; b) Apply Freudís concept of resistance to a current clinical case.

Session Three


Freud, S. (1912). Recommendations to physicians practicing psycho-analysis. SE XII, 111-120.

Freud, S. (1913). On beginning the treatment. SE XII, 123-144.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe the rationale for the fundamental rule of psychoanalysis - free association - as well as other recommendations regarding the handling of fees and time in the establishment of a psychoanalytic treatment; b) Apply Freudís concepts of free associations and handling fees and time in psychoanalytic treatment - to a current clinical case.

Session Four


Freud, S. (1911). The handling of dream-interpretation in psycho-analysis. SE XII, 91-96.

Freud, S. (1923). Remarks on the theory and practice of dream interpretation. SE XIX, 109-121.

Selections from Bionís Cogitations about dream work.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe usage of dream interpretation techniques to dream work within the clinical hour; b) Apply Freudís ideas of handling the dream interpretations to a current clinical case.

Session Five


Freud, S. (1914). Remembering, repeating and working-through. SE XII, 147-156.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe Freudís theories about repetition, remembering, and working through within the psychoanalytic process; b) Apply Freudís concept of repetition, remembering, and working through to a current clinical case.

Session Six


Bion, W.R. (1967). Notes on memory and desire. The Psychoanalytic Forum, 2(3).

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Differentiate the analystís remembering and the analystís  memory; b) Apply Bionís concept of memory and desire to a current clinical case.

Session Seven


Freud, S. (1915). Observations on Transference-Love. SE XII, 159-171.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe Freudís ideas about transference love and his precepts of abstinence and neutrality and how they apply to the handling of transference love; b) Apply Freudís concepts of transference-love, abstinence and neutrality to a current clinical case.

Session Eight


Freud, S. (1937). Analysis Terminable and Interminable. SE XXIII, 216-253.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Describe Freudís ideas about the long-lasting benefits and limitations of psychoanalysis and the necessity of periodic return to personal analysis by the psychoanalyst over the course of his/her career; b) Apply Freudís ideas of terminable and interminable psychoanalysis to a current clinical case.

Session Nine


Freud, S. (1937). Constructions in Analysis. SE XXIII, 257-269.

Selections from Bionís Cogitations

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Discuss Freudís observations on psychotic process and Bionís elaboration of such processes; b) Apply Freudís and Bionís ideas on psychotic process as they relate to a current clinical case.

Session Ten


Freud, S. (1925). A Note upon the ďMystic Writing Pad.Ē In S. Freud, General Psychological Theory, Chapter XIII.

Green, A. (1975). The analyst, symbolization and absence in the analytic setting (on changes in analytic practice and analytic experience) ó In Memory of D. W. Winnicott.  International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 56, 1-22.

Learning points: The candidate will be able to: a) Discuss the implications of changes in practice when repression is not the primary operation of removing material from consciousness; b) Apply the concepts of symbolization and absence to a current clinical case.

Bio of the Course Instructor:  

Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NPsyA, B. Music - is the Supervisor, Training Analyst, Faculty of NPAP and IEA;  Dean of Students, IEA;  Instructor, ORI. She is the former staff psychotherapist at the Lower East Side Service Centerís Drug-Free Outpatient Program.   Stefanie Teitelbaum is in private psychoanalytic practice in New York City. Contact info: 212 255-3284; 917 279-3414; stef.teitelbaum@gmail.com.

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