2019 Class

Welcome students.  On this page you will find the syllabus for Fall 2019, as well as links to the required readings.  Future courses and readings will be updated.

Fall Semester 2019: Foundations – Critical Therapy

This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts of critical therapy.  Students will learn about basic tenants of: psychoanalysis, critical psychology, critical pedagogy and liberation psychology.  Students will also familiarize themselves with the three stages of critical therapy. Further, this course conceptualizes the therapeutic process in the context of changing perspectives about the therapeutic relationship and orients students to the rich curriculum to follow.  Clinical issues that students might face in the beginning of treatment with patients, will be addressed, as well as basic definitions central to critical therapy, including: assessment, transference, countertransference, the analytic stance, and power.


Spring 2020: Transference and Countertransference: Therapy’s Playground 

Transference is a central concept in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the bedrock of our work with patients.  This course provides an in depth study of the concepts of transference and countertransference and transference and countertransference resistances with readings from the current and historical literature. We will explore the usefulness of working with transference for understanding the past and helping to create therapeutic change in the present. We will look at different kinds of transferences and different ways of working with transference. We will also consider the relationship between transference and countertransference, touching on related concepts of: projective identification, enactment, the therapist’s use of self, and the question of therapist self-disclosure. We will also discuss the use of transference in critical therapy and the concept of “paying in the sandbox” with your patient. Patient material and class process will be used to illustrate concepts of transference and countertransference and resistances.


Summer 2020: Practicing Critical Therapy 

This course will focus on practical applications of theory in the beginning phases of critical therapy.  We will analyze and discuss the relationship between therapist and patient(s), with a deep focus on transference, intimacy and self-disclosure.  An interactive and intensive course, a great part of our time together will focus on case presentations, and introspection.