Psychoanalytic and Object Relations Theory of and Practice with Dreams

3rd Trimester of Year 1 of the One-Year, Two-Year and the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)


22.5 CEs for NYS Licensed Social Workers and NYS Psychologists -- approved by Amedco
22.5 PDU
(for educators, legal professionals, psychoanalytic candidates in training)

-- approved by
the CE Committee of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
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Course instructor: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NCPsyA

Dates: April 1, 2021 - June 10, 2021, Thursdays, 8:40pm - 9:55pm. No class on May 20, 2021.

Location: via Virtual participation only, due to current recommendations of CDC and local government (re: COVID-19). Virtual participation is conducted via audio/video or audio mode only (with minimal technical requirements).

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Dreams are the Royal Road to the Unconscious.  This course traces the route on the royal road from the vicissitudes of instinctual wishes and mobile cathexes to spaces  inner and outer reality, in which dream-life thrives and withers. 
Utilizing Freudís own work, the Klein-Bion expansion of Freudís metatheory, and Donald Meltzerís self-described re-examination of Freudís theory and technique as seeing dreams as unconscious thinking and the generative theatre of meaning, this course will travel the royal road, as well as some off-trek routes to the unconscious.


Part 1 Ė Review of Freud from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud

Classes 1 & 2
Freud, S. (1901). The Interpretation of Dreams. Ch. 6: The Dreamwork. Ch. 7: The Psychology of Dreaming.
Freud, S. (1901). On Dreams. SE, V, pp. 629-686.

Class 3

Freud, S. (1917). A Metapsychological Supplement to the Theory of Dreams. SE, XIV, 217-235.
Freud, S. (1925). Some Additional Notes on Dream-Interpretation as a Whole. SE, XIX , 123-138.
Learning Objectives:
1) The privileged position of dreams as the royal road to unconscious; 2) Primary process; 3) Egoist nature of dreams anticipating secondary narcissism and object relations.

Part 2 Ė Seminal Papers on Object Relations Point of View on Dreams

Class 4
Lewin, B. D. (1946). Sleep, the mouth, and the dream screen. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 15, 419-434.
Lewin, B. D. (1953). Reconsideration of the dream screen. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 22, 174-199.
Lewin, B. D. (1955). Dream psychology and the analytic situation.  Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 24, 169-199.
Segal, H. (1981). The function of dreams. In J. S. Grotstein (Ed.), Do I dare disturb the universe: A memorial to W.R. Bion (pp. 579-588). Beverly Hills, CA: Caesura Press.

Learning Objectives:
4) Compare Kleinian and Bionian Dream Theory through the concepts of the blank dream and the evacuation dream.

Part 3 Ė Donald Meltzerís (1983) thoughts about dreams from structural and object relations perspectives from Dream Life: A Re-examination of the Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique. 

A. Theoretical Background
Class 5

Ch. 1: Freudís view of dreams as the guardian of sleep.
Ch. 2: The epistemological problem in the theory of dreams.
Ch. 3: The Klein-Bion expansion of Freudís metatheory.
Learning Objectives:
5) Dreams as the guardian of sleep; 6) Object relations implications of inner space as the realm of inner objects.

B. A Revised Theory of Dream-Life
Classes  6, 7, 8 
Ch 4: Dreams as unconscious thinking.
Ch 5: Symbols, signs, epitome, quintessence.
Ch 6: Dream-life: The generative theatre of meaning.
Ch 7: The interaction of visual and verbal language in dreams.
Ch 8: The borderland between dreams and hallucinations.
Learning Objectives:
7) Bionís theories of thinking; 8) Differentiation of functions of dream imagery; 9) Theory of creation of meaning through studying dream-life; 10) Concept of hallucinosis.

C. The Practice of Dream Interpretation
Classes 9, 10
Ch 9: The Borderland between dreams and actions.
Ch 10: Dream-exploration and dream-analysis.
Ch 11: Dream-narrative and dream-continuity.
Ch 12: Resistance to dream analysis in patient and analyst.
Ch 13: The relation of dreaming to learning from experience in patient and analyst.
Ch 14: Recovery from analysis and the self-analytic method.
Learning Objectives:
11) Differentiating Dream exploration and dream analysis; 12) Differentiating dream-narrative and dream continuity; 13) Relationship of dreaming to Bionís theory of learning from experience; 14) Resistance to dream work in the analytic couple.

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/Faculty, Training Analyst, Training Supervisor, 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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Tuition: $450/ 10-week course/ trimester (can be paid in 2 installments, upon request). Registration: $25/course (waived for candidates in training) - can be paid by CC via PayPal - follow the link: PayPal.Me/ORINYC . Additional registration fee ($25) for non-candidates.

Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired SW practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to Admin@ORINYC.org or at 646-522-1056.

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Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before April 1st, 2021. No refunds for cancellations made on or after April 1st, 2021 (but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at ORI in 2021 or further on).

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Departmentís State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 22.5 hours.
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Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Departmentís State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 22.5 hours.

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