Videoconferences

CIPS SPRING 2021 VIDEOCONFERENCES

THE WORK OF JACQUES LACAN AND ITS CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE

Seminar Code: CIPS-005
Program: 4.5 CE
Presenter: David Lichtenstein, PhD
Content Level:  Intermediate

Dates:  May 25; June 1, 8, 2021
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (PDT); 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (EDT)

Course Fee: $120.00; Candidates: $90.00; CEs: additional $30.00

This workshop will be an introduction to the work of Jacques Lacan. We will consider his general theory and its relation to psychoanalytic treatment. Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was a French psychoanalyst who led a seminar in Paris from 1953 until 1980. His interpretation of Freudian theory and practice became the basis for a new school of psychoanalysis that continues to have international influence today. This workshop will be addressed to working psychoanalysts and allow them to develop an appreciation of the clinical significance of the teaching of Jacques Lacan.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Analyze and discuss Lacan’s basic theory of psychoanalysis
    2. Locate the Signifier at work in psychoanalytic treatment
    3. Evaluate the function of the Other in Transference
    4. Differentiate Lacan’s concept of the ‘object a’ from the general notion of an object
    5. Contrast Demand and Desire as concepts of motivation
    6. Distinguish the Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real as psychic registers

    Agenda:

    May 25, 2021: 8:30-10:00 PM (EDT)

    Lacan’s theory of the Ego will be introduced by referring to his paper on the Mirror Stage. The concept of the Imaginary as a dimension of psychic function will be discussed. The relationship between the Imaginary and the Symbolic Unconscious will be presented.

    June 1, 2021: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM (EDT)

    The concept of the Signifier will be introduced and Lacan’s paper on The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis will be discussed. The relationship between the Signifier, the Sign, and the Signified will be discussed in terms of its place in Linguistic Theory and its relevance for Psychoanalysis.

    June 8, 2021: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM (EDT)

    Lacan’s essay entitled, The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power will be discussed. The distinct approach to psychoanalytic treatment that Lacan proposed through the ideas of the Signifier and the interplay between the Real, the Symbolic, and the Imaginary will be introduced and discussed.

    Who Should Attend:  

    Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

    Continuing Education Credits:

    Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

    Psychologists
    R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.5 CE hours
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 4.5 clock hours. Live online

    Psychoanalysts
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
    4.5 clock hours. Live online.

    Social Workers
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
    IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.
    4.5 CE hours.
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.5 contact hours Live online.
    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701

    Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
    IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.
    4.5 hours.
    NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
    NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701
    TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 4.5 CE hours.

    Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

    Cancellation Policy:

    Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one  week prior to the start of the course.

    Important Disclosure Information:

    There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

    For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

    THE INDISPENSABLE, UNHEARD VOICE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS IN AMERICAN POLITICS

    Seminar Code: CIPS-003
    Program: 6.0 CE
    Presenter: Peter Wolson, PhD
    Content Level:  Intermediate

    Dates:  May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2021
    Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (PDT); 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (EDT)

    Course Fee: $160.00; Candidates: $120.00; CEs: additional $40.00

    In America’s political forums during these violent, tempestuous times, the public dialogue has been primarily superficial. The essential voice of psychoanalysis to deepen and enrich the discussion is conspicuously missing. Psychoanalysts can contribute to alleviating the country’s distress by enhancing the public’s awareness and understanding of the unconscious psychodynamics that motivate contemporary political events and the behavior of politicians.

    This workshop will focus on how to conceptualize and apply psychoanalytic understanding to political issues through such public venues as op-ed pieces and online journal blogs. The psychodynamics of racism, misogyny, fascism, the authoritarian threat to democracy, the hatred between Republicans and Democrats, idealization and the corruption of morality, political narcissism, the psychopathology of President Donald J. Trump, the attraction of Joe Biden’s presidency, the psychology of the pandemic, as well as other pivotal issues, will be addressed.

    The readings for each class will be provided, and are from Dr. Wolson’s 2019 book: Psychoanalysis Enters the Political Fray: The Op-Ed Pieces and Journal Blogs of Peter Wolson. New York: IPBooks. They will serve as a springboard for a lively exchange applying the psychodynamics of the past to political issues of the moment. As with repetition compulsion in the individual, political psychodynamics inexorably repeat themselves in the American psyche. Together we will explore how to transform our psychoanalytic understanding of the “breaking news” of the day into op-ed pieces and blogs for public enlightenment.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Demonstrate that there is a political and cultural psyche that is motivated by unconscious psychodynamics and is amenable to psychoanalytic understanding.
    2. Describe how psychoanalytic understanding deepens awareness of political and cultural issues, such as the psychodynamics of fascism, racism, war and domestic violence, hatred between Democrats and Republicans, idealization and the corruption of morality, etc.
    3. Explain the process of discerning, conceptualizing and writing about political/cultural psychodynamics.
    4. Prepare how to publish one’s op-ed pieces and blogs in newspapers and online magazines and journals

    Agenda:

    Each class will last for one and a half hours with no breaks. The format will be lecture and group discussion. Active participation is encouraged. The readings for each session are included in the workshop instructor’s book: Psychoanalysis Enters the Political Fray: The Op-Ed Pieces and Journal Blogs of Peter Wolson.

    Session 1- May 21: Conceptual Strategy, and the Dynamics of Fascism

    We will discuss the psychoanalytic tradition of political writing and the conceptual strategy for writing op-ed pieces and blogs. Then we will consider the psychodynamics of fascism, such as idealization and the corruption of morality, as they apply to the American political climate, especially in relation to former President Trump’s and the Republican Party’s authoritarian predilections.

    Wolson, P. (2019). Psychoanalysis Enters the Political Fray: The Op-Ed Articles and Journal Blogs of Peter Wolson, New York: IPBooks. Chs. 1, 2

    —-(2011). The Joe Paterno Syndrome: Idealization and the Corruption of Morality. Huffington Post. Pp. 132-135.

    —-(2015). Trumping American Democracy: The Frightening Rise of a Fascistic Dictator. International Psychoanalysis.com. Pp. 158-163.

    Session 2 – May 28: The Political Allure of Being Above the Law

    We will address how Freud’s concepts of infantile narcissism explain why successful politicians, like Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, are inclined to act above the law and how the administration of President George W. Bush reflected the symptoms of a narcissistic personality disorder. We will also look at why President Trump’s narcissism may have contributed to his political and business success as well as his failures.

    —-(March 18, 2001). All Our Children: The Inner Appeal of America’s Primal Families. Los Angeles Times OPINION Section, M.

    —-(February 14/15, 2004) The Politics of Narcissism: America’s Grandiose Persona Under Bush. Weekend Edition of Counterpunch.

    —-(August 13, 2015) Trumping Americans: The Strange, Irresistible Appeal of a Narcissistic Bloviator. Huffington Post.

    —-(July 1, 2017). Trump’s Narcissism: A Key to His Success and Tragic Flaw. Huffington Post.

    Session 3 – June 4: The Psychodynamics of Political, Racial, Religious and Misogynistic Hatred

    In this seminar, we will explore how the psychodynamic concepts of the narcissism of minor differences, the superego in the service of the id, object relational projections into the body politic, hatred of “the other,” castration anxiety, separation individuation and devaluation contribute to these forms of social hatred.

    —-(1999). Hating the Politician in the Mirror. Los Angeles Times OPINION Section, M.

    —-(2004). The Passion of Anti-Semitism. International Psychoanalysis.com.

    —-(2000). America’s State of Mind: Healthy and Divided. Los Angeles Times, OPINION Section, M.

    —-(2008). America’s Racism: Hatred of “The Other” in the 2008 Presidential Election. Huffington Post.

    —-(2015). The Puzzling Vilification of Hillary: A Psychoanalyst’s Perspective. Huffington Post.

    Session 4 – June 11: The Psychodynamics of War and America’s Domestic Violence

    In our last session, we will investigate how such psychodynamics as identification with the aggressor, regression in the American psyche, coping with the existential catastrophe of mass murder, the exhibitionistic expression of revenge, and how the increasing multicultural complexion of American society has precipitated into a violent “white-lash” replacing reason with wish-fulfillment, delusion and paranoia.

    —-(May 9, 1999). Politics of Victimhood: A Perpetual Cycle of AbuseLos Angeles Times OPINION Section, M.

    —-(August 22, 1999). Strange to Say But Neurotics Are Preferable. Los Angeles Times OPINION Section.

    —-(July 3, 2012). The Aurora Massacre: Coping with the Precarious Nature of Human Existence. Huffington Post.

    —-(May 22/23, 2004). The Underlying Dynamic of Post-9/11 America: Exhibitionistic Revenge at Abu Ghraib. Weekend Edition of Counterpunch.

    —-(2017). America’s “White-Lash” and the Degradation of Reason. Huffington Post.

    —-(October 22, 2020). Psychoanalytic Perspectives on America’s 2020 Presidential Election. Video workshop presented at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

    Who Should Attend:  

    Psychologists, Social Workers, LPs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

    Continuing Education Credits:

    Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

    Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

    Psychologists
    R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6 CE hours
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 6 clock hours. Live online.

    Psychoanalysts
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
    6 clock hours. Live online.

    Social Workers
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
    IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.  6 CE hours.
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 6 contact hours Live online.
    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 6 clock hours, #RCST110701

    Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
    IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 6 hours.
    NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 6 contact hours. Live online.
    NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 6 contact hours. Live online.
    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
    6 clock hours, #RCST110701
    TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6 CE hours.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course.

    Important Disclosure Information:

    There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

    For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.