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    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • (SE) Evanston
    • 1

    Course Title:  Speaking Desire: An Introduction to the Concepts and Language of Jacques Lacan (12 CE credits)

    Instructor:  Jeremy Bloomfield, PsyD
    Meeting dates (2019):  Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2

    Meeting time: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Location:  (SE) Evanston

    Course Description:

    This introductory course will explore the ideas and language of the most famous, and perhaps infamous, French psychoanalyst and philosopher, Jacques Lacan.  Lacan proposed a return to Freud; yet he explicated, enlivened, and frequently extended Freud’s fundamentals in keenly nuanced and highly clinically applicable ways.  Participants will be introduced to Lacan, the man and the psychoanalyst; and to key concepts and terminology.  We will read and discuss select (translations of) primary sources and make good use of secondary sources, such as the writings of Bruce Fink.  We will consider the clinical utility of Lacan’s ideas, exploring how they may extend our understandings of our patients and of the psychoanalytic process.

    Beginning students of Lacan’s work typically find it daunting, and difficult to grasp.  I will offer my personal understandings of the fundamentals of Lacanian theory and technique, without focusing on the history or the evolution of his ideas and their multiple iterations. My goal will be to help participants find entry points that are directly useful in their clinical work, and which may well lead them to further exploration of Lacan’s ideas.

    Biographical Information:

    Jeremy Bloomfield, PsyD is Visiting Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and an Affiliate of The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  Dr. Bloomfield was Training Director at Trilogy Inc., and a supervisor in Northwestern University’s psychoanalytically-oriented counseling graduate program. He currently leads several consultation groups, as well as providing individual consultation.  Dr. Bloomfield spent the early part of his career at Northwestern University, as a pre-doctoral fellow, researching psychotherapy:  its efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency, and presenting internationally at the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). This experience led Dr. Bloomfield to an understanding of the gaps between research and clinical practice; it was one of several sparks that led to him to study psychoanalysis.  Dr. Bloomfield is an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and maintains a private practice working with individual adults in Evanston.

    • 4 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
    • 5

    Course Title:  The Clinical Lacan (12 CE credits)

    Instructor:  Charles Turk, M.D.
    Meeting dates (2019):  March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
    Meeting time: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Location:  30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    Course Description:

    Generally, the works of Jacques Lacan are viewed in this country as an obscure, possibly interesting theory that is without clinical relevance.  Thus, he has been largely ignored by the psychoanalytic community here and has only become known within academic departments of comparative literature, philosophy, French, feminist studies, and so on.

    In response, this course will address the clinical relevance of Lacanian concepts.   Specifically, the text After Lacan, by Willy Apollon, Danielle Bergeron, and Lucie Cantin, will provide the basis for a discussion of the basic concepts, which the authors illuminate with clinical examples.  These three psychoanalysts of GIFRIC (The Interdisciplinary Freudian Group for Research and Clinical and Cultural Interventions) founded “388,” a comprehensive program for psychotic young adults, which has successfully restored 60% of those engaged in psychoanalysis to productive and satisfying lives.

    This text derives from their accumulated clinical work with these patients, and so blends this applied work with the theory that informs it.  Other references include a book by Cantin that describes the 388 program and a chapter that I authored entitled:  A Lacanian view of the resolution of an impasse in:  Lacanian perspectives on the theory and treatment of psychosis, London and New York:  Routledge Press, Downing, D. and Mills, J. (Eds.), 2018.

    Biographical Information:

    Charles Turk, M.D. is Faculty and a Board Member of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP).  In addition to seeing patients and supervisees in his office, Dr. Turk provides clinical work, supervision, and teaching at the “Kedzie Center,” a community mental health center in Chicago, which he had a hand in developing. 

    He is an analyst of GIFRIC and the Freudian School of Quebec and is the “responsible” of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the school.   He received psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study in Chicago after a psychiatric residency at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of Illinois.

    • 9 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 405 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
    • 3

    Course Title:    Enhancing Couple Therapy By Incorporating The Psychodynamic (12 CE credits)

    Instructor:  Peter Reiner, PhD, LMFT
    Meeting dates (2019):  April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21
    Meeting time: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Location:  405 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago

    Course Description:

    This clinically-based course will provide a review of selected concepts and techniques of couple therapy, and will enhance participants’ theoretical and clinical skills through the introduction and application of key psychoanalytic contributions.  Drawn from the classical, object relations, and self-psychology models among others, these psychoanalytic understandings will be used to inform a broad array of clinical work with couples, ranging from short-term, present-oriented approaches to long-term, in-depth, historically-oriented couple therapy.    

    Videotapes of consultation interviews will be used extensively to illustrate important clinical moments, interventional choice points, and a range of associated treatment techniques.  This clinical material will also be viewed through the lenses provided by selected classic psychodynamic papers and book chapters, which will facilitate the integration of systemic and psychodynamic theories, clinical formulation, and technique.

    Biographical Information:

    Peter Reiner, PhD, LMFT is Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and Faculty at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  He was Coordinator of Clinical Training at the Family Institute of Chicago and is licensed separately as a clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist.  Peter is an award-winning teacher who has led more than 50 graduate and post-graduate classes or seminars in systemically-oriented couple and family psychotherapy and psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy.  Dr. Reiner has written at length about the training and supervision of psychodynamically-oriented couple and family therapists, including “Training psychodynamic family therapists,” (in Lebow, Chambers, &  Breunlin [Eds.] Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 2017) and “Systemic psychodynamic supervision,” (in Todd & Storm [Eds.], The Complete Systemic Supervisor:  Context, Philosophy, and Pragmatics [2nd ed.], 2014).  He provides consultation to other mental health professionals and leads an ongoing weekly consultation group.  Dr. Reiner maintains a private practice in Chicago of psychoanalytic and systemic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families.

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