GPSA 555B Proposal Writing: Professional Ethics & the Psychoanalytic Case Study Seminar – 3 credits

3  credits

GPSA 555B Research Seminar – Proposal Writing/Gerber/TBA

In this two-semester course, students will learn how to develop a proposal for the psychoanalytic case paper in the Certificate program. Students will prepare a narrative of the case dynamics which describes the course of treatment and presents a question about some aspect of the case that puzzles the student; show how the therapist listens in order to form an impression of the individual’s emotional experience; write a review of the clinical literature that relates to the research area; and describe a method for analyzing a series of process recordings. This course meets the requirements for the Proposal Writing course as a prerequisite for the Tutorial sequence. *Students must submit a request to the training committee for permission to enroll in this course through their fellow.

GPSA 828 The Psychodynamics of the Family Life Cycle (3 credits)

(3 credits)

Wednesday -4:50 – 7:00 pm GPSA 828 The Psychodynamics of the Family Life Cycle/Vaccaro

The family life cycle is a series of developmental stages that a family moves through over a lifetime, from infancy to older age. Each stage affords the individual new skills and challenges which requires coping with change. Intrapsychic development is established and catalyzed by family relationships and patterns. Environmental, intergenerational and cultural factors can impact the family constellation and functioning.

GPSA 824 MAPC Symbolic Communication and the Unconscious in Theory and Practice (3 credits)

(3 credits)

Tuesday- 4:50 – 7:00 pm GPSA 824 Treatment Techniques: Symbolic and Emotional Communication /Hess

Dreams and the symbolic verbal and nonverbal communications that come in many forms are explored. Often these manifestations help us to understand the latent meaning underlying the manifest content of what is spoken and presented as well as deriving insights into the dynamics that motivate the person in daily life. Through readings, classroom discussion, case presentation and individual research, this course will explore the many forms of symbolic communication in children and adults and how trauma impacts its expression.

GPSA758B Continuing Case Seminar (3 Credits)

(3 Credits)

Thursday – 9:30-11:50am GPSA758B – Continuing Case/Rosenthal

Through continuing case presentations of three cases, students will apply theory to practice. With the agreement of the training committee, this course can be selected as fulfilling the requirement for the clinical case course after four semesters of successful completion of clinical case coursework.

GPSA 753 Clinical Case Seminar (3 credits)

Thursday- 4:50 – 7:00pm GPSA 753 Clinical Case: Practice Technique in Dreams & Symbolic Communication/DeLia

Practice Technique in Dreams and Symbolic Communication (3 Credits)
This semester we will examine countertransference and ethical issues as they interact in decisions on treatment and technique. Often the conscious and unconscious attitudes of the analyst that shape countertransference also influence one’s ethical position. Case examples and readings will help students describe reactions and use them in their treatment decisions. A special focus will be on how analysis of symbolic communication and dreams are influenced by one’s countertransference. Students take this advanced course for the duration of their Consultation Center work. It is designed to help students work with patients, to recognize early resistances in treatment, and to understand induction and countertransference resistances in treatment.

GPSA 703 Fieldwork Seminar – Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness & Small Group Studies (SGS), (4 credits)

(4 credits)


12:00 – 1:00 pm GPSA 703B – SGS/Lazar

12:00 – 2:20 pm GPSA703-1 Fieldwork Seminar – Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness/Semel (capped at 12)

5:30 – 7:00 pm GPSA 703C – SGS/Ashworth

7:00 – 8:30 pm GPSA 703D – SGS-Fieldwork/Thomas

7:10 – 9:30 pm GPSA 703-2 Fieldwork Seminar – Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness/Ashworth (capped at 12)


2:30 – 4:00 pm GPSA 703E – SGS/Silver

5:20 – 6:50 pm GPSA 703F – SGS/Lapides


9:30 – 11:00 am GPSA 703G – SGS/Bratt

12:00-1:30 pm GPSA 703H – SGS/Vaccaro

3:10 – 4:40 pm GPSA 703J – SGS/Semel

3:15 – 4:45 pm GPSA 703K – SGS/DeLia

In this course, students will study their countertransference responses and listen to and become aware of client’s dynamics and how each client speaks to present these dynamics through symbolic communication. This clinical course has a focus on how perceptions shape our views of various society groups. Aspects of bias that influence practice experiences are examined while providing client hours at an externship site. Students will identify the phenomena of bias in cases presented in relation to diversity in terms of ethnicity. Sociological and psychopathological processes. They will learn to observe their own reactions to the clinical work and use with growing understanding as a clinical and technical tool in an ethical way. Students’ will achieve this by studying internal unexamined perceptions as well as broader societal prejudices, society trends and subgroups, interactions patterns and the impact of differing lifestyles and maladaptive behaviors, including stress, abuse and discrimination on subjective responses.

GPSA 586 Lifestyles and Career Counseling

Monday – 7:10 – 9:30 pm GPSA 586 Career Counseling/Chang

This course is designed to provide an understanding of career development and the interrelationship between careers and personality; lifespan development; family; lifestyle choices; use of defense mechanisms and diversity. A broad understanding of career development theories, occupational and educational information sources, assessment tools, and measures, decision-making models and online resources will be reviewed. Students’ assignments will be based on self-assessment modules in which the student will apply concepts, tools and theory to the student’s own life experience.

GPSA 559-562 Directed Research (0.5 – 3.0 credits)

(0.5 – 3.0 credits)

GPSA559-562 Directed Research -Day/time arranged with instructor

The master’s degree student may choose to work with a research chair on the fieldwork paper. The student may enroll in directed research with an advisor and work individually with that faculty member until the project is completed.

GPSA 532 Group Dynamics II (3 credits)

(3 credits)

Thursday – 9:30 – 11:50am GPSA532 – Group Dynamics II /Rosenthal

This course provides an opportunity to study specific issues relating to therapeutic work with groups in a variety of settings and across different theoretical, clinical frameworks. Through assigned readings, class interaction, and case presentations students will develop an understanding of the unique leadership role involved in effectively leading groups. Ways of studying group dynamics, helping members interact and connect, assessing group progress, as well as designing and implementing therapeutic interventions will be studied. The unique interpersonal dynamics presented in the group situation can be studied from a diverse and comparative theoretical and clinical perspective through this ongoing process of the interactive group class. In addition, the stressors, demands and personal impact on the clinician of working with relationships in groups will be explored. More than 10 clock hours of this course are structured as a group experience activity.

GPSA 521 Psychoanalytic Counseling: Basic Concepts (3 credits)

(3 credits)

Thursday – 7:10 – 9:30pm GPSA 521 Psychoanalytic Counseling: Basic Concepts/Bratt

This course will introduce the student to basic concepts of psychoanalytic counseling. It will be an introduction to Freudian and modern interventions within counseling and psychoanalytic frameworks. The student will learn about the basic concepts and their applications.