WHAT IS THE UNCONSCIOUS, ANYWAY?
Comparative Analysis and Practice Implications
One of the cornerstones of psychoanalytic theory is the idea of the unconscious, but just what this means can be elusive. This course will review major psychoanalytic theories of the unconscious, including those of Freud, Klein, Bion, and Matte Blanco. We will discuss the role of the unconscious in object relations and developmental theories as well as consider the unconscious in light of contemporary explorations in consciousness. We will grapple with how we receive and work with unconscious communications in our work. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and clinical material to discuss.
- Participants will be able to discuss the importance and elusiveness of the idea of the unconscious in psychoanalytic thought.
- Participants will be able to explain the pioneering models of the unconscious mind offered by Sigmund Freud.
- Participants will be able to describe the evolution of the Kleinian idea of unconscious phantasy and its implications for clinical work.
- Participants will be able to describe the model of conscious and unconscious mind put forth by Matte Blanco and relational theorists.
- Participants will analyze the clinical and theoretical implications of different models of the unconscious.
- Participants will discuss their own ideas about the nature and process of the unconscious.
Bornstein, R. F. and J. M. Masling, ed. (1998). Empirical perspectives on the psychoanalytic unconscious.American Psychological Association (APA). doi: 10.1037/10256-000.
Megan Rundel, Ph.D., is a graduate of PINC. She has taught widely in the Bay Area psychoanalytic community. She is also a Zen teacher at the Crimson Gate Meditation Community. Dr. Rundel has special interests in sexuality, spirituality, and the body in psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Oakland.
This intermediate class is for clinicians with some basic understanding of and appreciation for psychoanalytic theory. It will focus on theoretical models as well as clinical implications.
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. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.