Along with Dreams and the Oedipal Complex, Freud’s conception of psychosexuality and its developmental stages stands as one of the central pillars of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Freud’s insights into the passions of childhood and infantile desire remain as startling and important now as they were in 1905.
Yet, today, this pivotal area of clinical understanding is often ignored entirely, or its clinical value is greatly minimized. In this class, we will aim to correct this oversight by investigating the oral, anal, phallic, and genital stages in a way that brings this invaluable clinical knowledge to life. We will do this through the study of seminal papers along with clinical examples and group discussion focused on uncovering what is foundational and clinically essential in this rich and diverse area of psychoanalytic knowledge. We will also discuss how the historical conception of psychosexuality intersects with contemporary understandings and concerns of the LGBTQ community.
- Participants will be able to identify the central themes from each of the four psychosexual stages and how they might manifest in their patients
- Participants will be able to differentiate between the developmental patterns of oral, anal, phallic, and genital stages and provide four illustrations of these patterns from their clinical work with patients.
- Participants will be able to describe at least 3 of the historical and contemporary influences which have contributed to the changes in our current understanding of psychosexuality.
- Participants will be able to select what is most interesting and valuable about this area of study and begin to incorporate those interests into their practice.
This beginning to intermediate level course is open to NCSPP Members and members of the lay public interested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.
For program related questions contact Ankhesenamun Ball at 510-269-7607.
For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.