Psychoanalytic Explorations Program

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) is pleased to announce a new series of opportunities for growth and learning in the Psychoanalytic Explorations Program.

Each of the Psychoanalytic Explorations courses is open to all and allows participants to learn from seasoned psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically-oriented practitioners who have selected topics based on their particular interests and expertise.

Five different 12-hour courses will be offered in the 2018 – 2019 year.  Each will meet for two hours on six dates.  Class size is highly limited in order to facilitate the learning and participation by each individual.  There is a separate registration process for each class; you may register for one or more classes, depending on your own interests and needs.

Twelve (12) CE credits are available for each course. All CCP programs and course offerings qualify for Continuing Education (CE) credits for LCSW, LCPC, PhD, PsyD, and LMFT clinicians. The cost of each course is $500.00.

If you would like more information, please contact the Chair of the Psychoanalytic Explorations program, Dr. Peter Reiner at 312.822.7277 or

To register for the courses below, please complete the form and pay online here:

Psychoanalytic Explorations Program Registration

Here are the five upcoming offerings for 2018 – 2019:

Course Title:  To Live Before Dying:  The Values of Psychoanalysis (12 CE credits)

Instructor:  Peter Shabad, PhD
Meeting dates (2018):  Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22                            Meeting time: Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  180 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Course Description:

How have psychoanalytic views of what it means to live a fulfilling life guided the clinical practice of psychoanalysis?  How does the therapist’s personal journey through suffering and loss toward redemptive ideals inform the ideology and values of his/her/their countertransference? In this course, we will explore the implicit assumptions and values that undergird psychoanalytic theory and practice.

We will begin by examining how the revolutionary aspects of psychoanalytic inquiry – curiosity, understanding, and the talking cure – defy the age-old fear of word-magic. We will trace how Freud’s thinking with regard to suffering, adaptation, and growth led to his recommendations for analytic technique; further, we will consider Otto Rank’s critique of Freud’s therapeutic ideology.

I will then delineate my own theory of human development and the problems of reactive passivity that ensue when shame keeps individuals enclosed in their own despairing solitude. We will discuss the importance of the therapist’s respect for the patient’s freedom of dignity as an intentional agent in his/her/their own life, even when that agency entails “resistance” to therapeutic progress. Finally, we will examine the paradoxical tension between the professional and personal within the therapist’s clinical identity, and the importance of the therapist’s use of the personal in participatory listening and witnessing the patient’s journey of suffering.  Such witnessing is indispensable to the mourning that leads toward the patient’s inner freedom. 

Biographical Information:

Peter Shabad, PhD is Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP).  He is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (IUP, 1989) and is the author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy (Aronson, 2001). Dr. Shabad is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Passion, Shame, and Mourning to be published by Routledge. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on diverse topics such as the psychological implications of death, loss and mourning, giving and receiving, shame, parental envy, resentment, spite, and regret. Dr. Shabad has a private practice in Chicago in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Course Title:  Attachment and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (12 CE credits)
Instructor:  David Daskovsky, PhD
Meeting dates (2018):  Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11
Meeting time: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston

Course Description:

This course will focus on the clinical application of attachment theory and research. Key concepts from the attachment literature will be used as a developmental framework for better understanding character development, the adaptive nature of defense mechanisms, attitudes toward emotion and self-regulatory styles, the connections between attachment and self-esteem and self-efficacy, and how treatment can facilitate earned secure attachment. Participants will learn to use the attachment model as a powerful tool in case formulation and treatment planning.

The course will highlight the relationship between a person’s early attachment style and various character and interpersonal manifestations, as well as its implications for treatment. Class format will be lecture and discussion, with an emphasis on applying the attachment model to real life treatment issues. The text for this course will be David Wallin’s Attachment and Psychotherapy.

Biographical Information:

David Daskovsky, PhD is Visiting Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP).  He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University’s School of Medicine in 1988. From 1989 to 1998, he was a staff psychologist at NMH’s Extended Partial Hospitalization Program, which offered intensive, long term treatment for adults with severe mental illnesses, including many who had suffered chronic trauma. In 1998, he became Director of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation at Trilogy, Inc.; from 2003 to 2009 he served as that agency’s Clinical Director. While at Trilogy, Dr. Daskovsky was instrumental in the development of a highly respected practicum training program and has long been committed to teaching and training mental health professionals about the treatment of mental illness in community settings. From 2009 until the present, he has been staff at Yellowbrick, first as Senior Psychologist and more recently as Director of Training.  He is Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Daskovsky has taught and presented widely on issues related to the treatment of serious mental illness, attachment and psychotherapy, and therapist transparency in psychodynamic treatment.

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. 

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.

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.

To Register:

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If space is still available, you can register and pay online easily (link above) or, if you wish to pay via regular mail, your check should be sent to CCP, PO Box 6095, Evanston, IL 60204-6095.

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