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    • 1 Feb 2021
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    • 8 Mar 2021
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    Course Title:  Uncoupling:  Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Divorcing Individuals (12 CE Credits).

    Instructor:  Ronald Rosenthal, PhD

    Meeting dates (2021):  Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8

    Meeting time:  Mondays:  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

    Location:  Virtually (Zoom);

    or 405 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago (if conditions permit)

    Course Description:

    As psychotherapists we frequently encounter individuals struggling with questions of whether to divorce, when to divorce, and how to survive divorce. While helping them cope with the grief and mourning that often accompany the death of a marriage, the therapist is often tasked with providing practical guidance as well.

    Divorce represents a distinct loss, the death of “We,” the entity called marriage. Approaching divorce as a problem of mourning provides a framework to help individuals to separate from their spouses and define new senses of self. Absent internal psychological work, people may find themselves harboring feelings of abandonment, resentment, hatred, and despair. They may experience a degree of disillusionment that can impede the formation of new relationships.

    In this course, we will discuss some factors that lead to the disruption of the marriage. These may include:  failures of idealizations formed early in the relationship, attachment to disappointments and traumas, progressive disillusionment, and other complex interpersonal issues. The dynamics behind these problems usually are tied to interlocking transferences from previous relationships, especially from families of origin. Enactments of dysfunctional family dynamics often grow in intensity as the marital bond disintegrates; these may occur before, during, or after the divorce itself. Awareness of these dynamics can help the therapist support the patient’s movement through the phases of mourning while simultaneously dealing with legal, financial and logistical issues.

    Divorcing can be a tremendous strain on emotional as well as financial resources. Families with children have the additional burden of managing the feelings of their kids while trying to make practical plans for dividing up parenting responsibilities. This course will also address how to help children, as well as parents, with the loss of an intact family and with the psychological hazards that often ensue.

    Biographical Information:

    Ronald Rosenthal, Ph.D. is Visiting Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago and in Vernon Hills. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and came to Chicago to complete a NIMH postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Chicago, Michael Reese Hospital, and the Illinois State Psychiatric Hospital.  He was the Director of Adolescent Research at the Illinois State Psychiatric Hospital from 1980 - 1992 where he co-led an ongoing seminar in diagnostic assessment of adolescents. He has taught at Roosevelt University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the University of Tennessee, Nashville. His research publications have addressed attention deficit disorders, adolescent delinquency, and psychiatric hospital treatment.  He is past Treasurer of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Rosenthal has presented at APA Division 39, as well as at meetings of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry.  He currently mentors in CCP’s Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rosenthal participates as a Divorce Coach and a Child Specialist in the practice of Collaborative Divorce, as well as assisting in Mediation processes. He was Vice-President for Mental Health of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. He has presented frequently to that organization and has also participated as Faculty in Mediation Training courses run by the American Academy of Matrimonial Law.


    • 10 Apr 2021
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    • 15 May 2021
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    Course Title:  Applied Relational Theory:  Key Tenets and Misunderstandings (12 CE credits)

    Instructor:  Steven Vogelstein, M.A., LCSWz

    Meeting dates (2021):  April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15

    Meeting time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    Location:  Virtually (Zoom);

    or 540 Frontage Road, Northfield (if conditions permit)

    Course Description:

    This clinically-based course will begin with an exploration of the evolution of Relational Theory within psychoanalysis.  Particular emphasis will be given to the influence of the infant research of the 1970’s and 80’s, the emergence of a new “psychoanalytic baby,” and post-modernism.

    In this course, we will elucidate the clinical implications of Relational Theory and explore our clinical assumptions.  We will consider fundamental theoretical and clinical issues and questions, including the following:


    - Reconceptualizing transference and counter-transference
    - Where is the “therapeutic action”?
    - What about technique(s) and therapeutic stances?
    - Developmental Theory and the Developmental “Tilt”
    - Dissociation, Multiplicity, and Trauma
    - Culture, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the “Normative Unconscious” (Layton)

    Attention will also be devoted to other applications of Relational Theory that are of particular interest to course participants.  A list of (optional) related readings will be provided.

    Biographical Information:

    Steven Vogelstein M.A., LCSW is Visiting Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP), where he is an advanced candidate, has taught in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program, and was Chair of the Progression Committee.  Steven is faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work where he teaches in the doctoral program.  In addition, he has been Lecturer at the Loyola University School of Social Work.

    His recent professional presentations have focused on integrating neurocognitive and neuro-biological factors with psychoanalytic clinical practice, and on how Relational Theory intersects with culture, race, gender and sexuality.  Steven maintains a practice in Northfield, working with adults, children, and adolescents; and providing supervision/consultation to individuals, groups, agencies, and schools.


Past events

19 Jan 2021 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Attachment Theory Applied: Working with the Evoked and the Enacted (12 CE credits)
7 Nov 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Child Psychotherapy: A Relational and Developmental Perspective (12 CE credits)
2 Nov 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Enhanced Couple Therapy: Integrating the Psychodynamic (12 CE credits)
15 Apr 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Relational Theory: Clinical Implications and Misunderstandings (12 CE credits)
24 Feb 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: To Live before Dying: The Values of Psychoanalysis (12 CE credits)
18 Jan 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Child Psychotherapy: A Relational and Developmental Perspective (12 CE credits)
16 Jan 2020 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Empathic Attunement and Empathic Ruptures in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Self Psychology Perspective (12 CE credits)
29 Oct 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Attachment and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (12 CE credits)
19 Oct 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Dialectical Constructivism: A Perspective on the Psychoanalytic Process (12 CE credits)
9 Sep 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Uncoupling: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Divorcing Individuals (12 CE Credits)
9 Apr 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Enhancing Couple Therapy By Incorporating The Psychodynamic (12 CE credits) Meeting dates (2019): April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21
4 Mar 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: The Clinical Lacan (12 CE credits) Meeting dates (2019): March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
19 Jan 2019 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Speaking Desire: An Introduction to the Concepts and Language of Jacques Lacan (12 CE credits) Meeting dates (2019): Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2
6 Nov 2018 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: Attachment and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (12 CE credits) Meeting dates (2018): Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11
17 Sep 2018 Psychoanalytic Explorations Program: Course Title: To Live Before Dying: The Values of Psychoanalysis (12 CE credits) Meeting dates (2018): Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22

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