Sat, Apr 22, 2017 to Sat, Apr 29, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
This class meets 2 Saturdays

Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)

530 Bush Street
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Megan Rundel, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$155 Full Members
$142 CMH Members
$134 Friend of NCSPP Members
$134 Associate Members
$105 Student Members
$105 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
April 08, 2017

NCSPP offers online course registration and payment using PayPal, the Internet’s most trusted payment processor. All major credit cards, as well as checking account debit payments, are accepted.


Comparative Analysis and Practice Implications

Course Overview: 

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.

Course Objectives: 
  • 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.
Empirical Reference: 

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.

Target Audience & Level: 

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.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

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.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Shannon Rogers at or (510) 545-4175.

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.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Clara Brandt, MA
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Anna Zozulinsky, Ph.D.