The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
Professional & Community Development Program

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory & Practice

Hugh McPherson, M.A., M.S.W.                         Fall Semester 2006, Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30
Email: networker@mhweb.org                              523 West Liberty
Home Phone: (734) 761-8813                              Ann Arbor MI 48103


Course Description:

This 10-week course represents an introduction and overview of the influence of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic thought on psychology and psychotherapy. In addition to a brief historical review of early psychoanalytic theory and the basic structure of classic Freudian theory, the course will undertake a review of relatively recent theory and practice, including object relations and ego psychology. The course also endeavors to present readings and discussion that will give the student a conceptual appreciation of a present-day psychoanalytically informed practice. Classroom format will be the discussion of the reading materials and the incorporation of some case material to provide a bridge between theory and practice.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students:
1. Will be able to understand basic psychodynamic theory, terms and concepts.
2. Will be able to relate psychodynamic theory to modern clinical practice.
3. Will be in a position to take higher level courses in psychodynamic & psychoanalytic theory without undue difficulty.
4. Will be able to conceptualize how they might develop or strengthen a psychodynamically informed practice.
5. Will become familiar with the various applications of psychodynamic theory and practice to special client populations and clinical situations.

Topical Outline:
Week 1: 10/9 A Historical Perspective
Ellenberger, Henri F. (1970). The Discovery of the Unconscious. New York: Basic Books.
     Chapter 2: The Emergence of Dynamic Psychiatry.
Freud, Sigmund (1925) An Autobiographical Study. The Standard Edition of the Complete Works of Sigmund Freud. Volume XX, pp. 7-70

Week 2: 10/16 Basic Psychoanalytic Theory
Brenner, Charles (1973). An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis. New York: Doubleday
     Chapter 1: Two Fundamental Hypotheses
     Chapter 2: The Drives

Week 3: 10/23 Introduction to Ego Psychology, Part One
Brenner, C. op. cit.
     Chapter 3: The Psychic Apparatus
Freud, S. (1917) op. cit. Introductory Lecture 28: Analytic Therapy. Volume XVI, pp. 448-463

Week 4: 10/30 Introduction to Ego Psychology, Part Two
     Chapter 4: The Psychic Apparatus (continued)
     Chapter 5: The Psychic Apparatus (continued)
Freud, S. op. cit. (1923) The Dependent Relationships of the Ego. Volume XIX, pp. 48-59.
Freud, Anna (1936). The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense.
      Chapters 1 & 2, pp. 3-27.
Mitchell, Stephen A. & Black, Margaret J. (1995). Freud and Beyond.
      Chapter 2: Ego Psychology, pp. 23-59.

 Week 5: 11/6 Introduction to Ego Psychology, Part Three
Polansky, Norman (1971). Ego Psychology and Communication. Chicago IL: Aldine Publishing Co.
      Chapter 3: Resilience and Energy in the Personality
Redl, Fritz & David Wineman (1951) Children Who Hate. The Free Press: Glencoe, Ill.
      Chapter 2: Disorganization and Breakdown of Behavior Controls
Pine, Fred (1998). The Ego in the Session. In Diversity and Direction in Psychoanalytic Technique. pp. 103-130. New Haven: Yale University Press.  

 Week 6: 11/13 Introduction to Object Relations Theory, Part One
Mitchell, Stephen A (1988). Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis: An Integration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
      Chapter 1: The Relational Matrix
Polansky, Norman (1971). op. cit.
     Chapter 6: The Theory of Object Relations
     Chapter 7: The Pursuit and Dread of Love

Week 7: 11/20 Introduction to Object Relations Theory, Part Two
Mitchell, Stephen A. & Greenberg, Jay R. (1983). Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
      Chapter 7: D.W. Winnicott and Harry Guntrip
Guntrip, Harry (1975). "My Experience of Analysis with Fairbairn & Winnicott," International Review of Psychoanalysis, 2.

Week 8: 11/27 Basics of Psychoanalytic Technique, Part One
Freud, S. op. cit. (1913) On Beginning the Treatment. Volume XII, pp. 123-144.
McWilliams, Nancy (1999). Psychoanalytic Case Formulation. New York: The Guilford Press.
     Chapter 5: Assessing Defense
     Chapter 8: Assessing Relational Patterns
Chused, Judith Fingert (1991). The Evocative Power of Enactments. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Society, Vol. 39.

Week 9: 12/4 Basics of Psychoanalytic Technique, Part Two
Greenson, Ralph (1967). The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis. New York: International Universities Press.
     Chapter 2: Resistance, pp: 59-101
     Chapter 3: Transference, pp 151- 216

Week 10: 12/11 Basics of Psychoanalytic Technique, Part Three
Horney, Karen (1987). Final Lectures. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
     Chapter 3: Specific Psychoanalytic Means of Understanding the Patient
Gill, Merton (1982). Analysis of Transference, Vol. II. Madison, CN: International Universities Press.
      Chapter 2: Patient B, Session 119.
Gabbard, Glenn O. (1996) Love & Hate in the Analytic Setting. Northville, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc.
      Chapter 7: Technical Approaches to Malignant Transference


Recommended Optional Reading:
A Historical Perspective
Breuer, Josef & Freud, Sigmund (1893) Studies on Hysteria. NY: Basic Books.
      Chapter 2: Case 1- Anna O.
Gay, Peter (1988) Freud: A Life for Our Time. W.W. Norton & Company.
Meisels, Murray A History of Psychoanalysis in Michigan The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 1996.

Introduction to Ego Psychology
Rapaport, David (1954) Clinical Implications of Ego Psychology. In The Collected Papers of  David Rapaport.
Wallerstein, Robert S. (2002). The Growth and Transformation of American Ego Psychology 

Introduction to Object Relations Theory
Mitchell, Stephen A. & Greenberg, Jay R (1983). Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory
     Chapter 1- Object Relations & Psychoanalytic Models

Basics of Psychoanalytic Technique
Freud, S. op. cit. (1914) Remembering, Repeating and Working Through. Volume XII, pp. 147-156.
Freud, S. op. cit. (1915) Observations on Transference Love. Volume XII, pp. 159-171.
Bird, Brian (1990) Notes on Transference: Universal Phenomenon and the Hardest Part of Analysis Essential Papers on Transference (1990), Aaron H. Esman, Editor.

Miscellaneous:
Brenner, Charles (1973). An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis. New York: Doubleday      Publishing. Chapter 7: Dreams
Davies, Jody Messier (1998). Between the Disclosure & Foreclosure of Erotic Transference-      Countertransference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 8(6): 747-766.
Freud, Sigmund (1917) A Difficulty in the Path of Psychoanalysis The Standard Edition of the Complete Works of Sigmund Freud. Volume XVII, pp. 137-144
Haley, Jay (1990). Why Not Long-Term Therapy? Brief Therapy: Myths, Methods & Metaphors. Zeig, Jeffrey & Gilligan, Stephen (Eds.) New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Malcolm, Janet (1980) Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession. New York: Random House.
Pinsky, Ellen (1990). Mortal Gifts: An Essay on the Therapist's Mortality. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 30(2), pp. 173-204.