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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

The Therapeutic Action of Intimacy in Psychoanalysis

Susan Flinders, Ph.D.
Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Retiree of the Michigan Dept. of Corrections

Robert Maloney, M.A., L.L.P.
Psychologist, Michigan Department of Corrections
Board Member, Association for Psychoanalytic Thought

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Therapeutic struggles to engage with individuals in treatment are ongoing especially within a society that is highly mobile and dealing with instantaneous connection. Difficulties arise in how to engage individuals in clinical treatment that is helpful on all levels. “Intimacy” seems to be a culturally driven concern that cuts across clinical syndromes, as well as, across people from all walks of life and seems especially pertinent to psychoanalytic work that fosters self and relational growth at many levels. The developmental impasses due to early failures in intimate relationships and the related countertransferential effects are all worth understanding in order to enhance therapeutic action, as well as, initial therapeutic engagement. Readings will include such authors as Bion, Symington, Fonagy, Winnicott and others. Application of the psychoanalytic concept of “Intimacy” will be demonstrated through readings and various media, and personal vignettes will be encouraged.

Course Objectives:
Session 1-Participants will be able to define “Intimacy” intrapersonally.
Session 2-Participants will be able to identify “Intimacy” intrapersonally.
Session 3-Participants will be able to define “Intimacy” interpersonally.
Session 4-Participants will be able to identify “Intimacy” interpersonally.
Session 5-Participants will be able to define “Therapeutic Action.”
Session 6-Participants will be able to identify “Therapeutic Action.”
Session 7-Participants will be able to identify developmental aspects to “Intimacy.”
Session 8-Participants will be able to define approximations to “Intimacy” in Psychotherapy.
Session 9-Participants will be able to identify approximations to “Intimacy” in Psychotherapy.
Session 10-Participants will be able to define potentials for “Intimacy” in Psychoanalysis.
Session 11-Participants will be able to identify potentials for “Intimacy” in Psychoanalysis.
Session 12-Participants will be able to compare and contrast “Intimacy” in Psychotherapy versus Psychoanalysis.

7 Thursdays - Bi-Weekly 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Fall-Winter) Sept 6, 20, Oct 4, 18 Nov 1, 15, Dec 6, 2012 (Joint with Adult Psychotherapy Class)

5 Mondays - Weekly 8:15 – 9:45 p.m. (Spring-Summer) April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 2013

Fee: $420
18 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
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Farmington Hills