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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Addictions: How to Better Understand Our Patients (Joint MPI/APT Course)

Suzanne Rodgers, L.M.S.W. and Sally Rosenberg, D.O.

Mondays 7:15-8:45 pm
Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 2011
9 CME/CE credit hours
Farmington Hills

This course will study the psychic distress underlying and accompanying addictive disorders. We will explore individual and family dynamics surrounding addicted individuals, their enablers, and their preferred substances. Multiple addictive disorders will be reviewed along with identifying their distinctive qualities: sexual addiction, shopping addictions, gambling addictions, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders. The course will examine difficulties with affect tolerance of the addict, aspects of consciousness modification during drugged/altered states, and additionally aims of psychodynamic treatment. Faculty will discuss clinical examples highlighting various topics being discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring in their clinical experience and challenges working with patients.


1) Compare the model of substance abuse as a medical disease with the model that focuses on environmental influences.
2) Specify underlying psychopathology of the addictive disorders.
3) Describe the value of the therapist-patient relationship and its usefulness in the clinical treatment of patients with addictive disorders.
4) Demonstrate challenges helping patients begin treatment and pursue their own recovery.