Psychoanalytic-Oriented Course Syllabi

The folllowing courses are produced by Division 39.

Available Courses

  • Adult Psychopathology (PDF, 152KB)
    The concentration of the course of study is on the observation, description, aetiology, assessment, and understanding of the moderate range of symptomatology, as well as personality and behavioural disorders of adulthood.

  • Advanced Psychoanalytical Theories and Psychotherapy (PDF, 141KB)
    This advanced seminar in the sequence of psychoanalytical courses examines theoretical and clinical applications of psychoanalysis to patients suffering from severe psychopathology and associated characterological, structural deficits.

  • Comprehensive Assessment (PDF, 153KB)
    This course is designed to address important elements of psycho-diagnostic assessment and associated types of psychological tests not yet covered in the core curriculum.

  • Consultation and Supervision (PDF, 124KB)
    Classroom discussion, including Question & Answer, as well as grappling with/containing ambiguity will be a principle way the course will proceed and provide the instructor with a basis for assessing each member’s internalisation of course content.

  • Brief Psychotherapy & Crisis Intervention — Psy 544 (PDF, 117KB)
    This advanced course in the sequence of psychotherapeutic courses examines facets of theory, practice, and research into the understanding and treatment of psycho-neurotic conditions, characterological disorders, borderline personality organisation, and the gamut of psychotic states, arising within the contexts of crisis and short-term parameters.

  • Freud: The Development of Psychoanalytical Theories I (PDF, 115KB)
    This first in a sequence of four non-sequential psychoanalytical courses focussed specifically on the major writings of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. This course will examine selected elements of psychoanalytical concepts delineated and described by Freud.

  • Freud II: Psychoanalysis, the Early Phase (PDF, 128KB)
    This is second in a sequence of four non-sequential psychoanalytical courses focussed specifically on the major writings of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. This course will examine selected elements of psychoanalytical concepts delineated and described by Freud.

  • Freud IV: Theoretical and Clinical Papers in Freud's Middle-to-Late Period (PDF, 134KB)
    This is the fourth in a sequence of four non-sequential psychoanalytical courses focussed specifically on the major writings of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. This course will examine selected elements of psychoanalytical concepts delineated and described by Freud.

  • History and Systems of Psychology (PDF, 157KB)
    This course will present an historical overview of the major theories, philosophies, and trends in the field of psychology. This class surveys the historical and epistemological roots underlying current approaches in professional psychology.

  • Introduction to the Work of Jacques Lacan (PDF, 17KB)
    This course is conceived of as an introduction to the work of Jacques Lacan. Lacan, who introduced Freudian psychoanalysis to French psychiatry, insisted upon a “return to Freud,” to correct what he saw as a derailment of Freud’s intent by his followers.

  • Professional Ethics and Conduct (PDF, 173KB)
    This is a crucial course in the ISPP/Chicago Northwest Campus Curriculum and its mastery is seen as an essential component of the training program.

  • Psychoanalytic Object Relations Theory and Psychotherapy (PDF, 101KB)
    This advanced course in the sequence of psychoanalytic courses examines a branch of psychoanalysis whose ultimate aim is the fostering of emotional growth of the patient via a relationship of intensive inquiry and dialectic between therapist and patient.

  • Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychosis (PDF, 145KB)
    This seminar, in the sequence of psychoanalytical courses, examines clinical applications of psychoanalysis to patients suffering from severe psychopathology.

  • Psychoanalytical Perspectives on the Arts and Humanities (PDF, 124KB)
    The course will examine some of the theories of psychoanalysis as applied to the “projective systems” of the arts.

  • Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy of Borderline Personality Organisation — Psy 642 (PDF, 113KB) 
    This advanced seminar in the sequence of psychoanalytical courses examines theoretical and clinical applications of psychoanalysis to patients suffering from severe psychopathology and associated characterological, structural deficits.

  • Psychoanalytical Treatment of Borderline Personality Organisation - P564 (PDF, 147KB)
    In this advanced seminar, it is expected that the student will deepen their grounding in Freudian, Ego Psychological, Object-Relational, Self-Psychological, and Interpersonal models within the psychoanalytic camp. It is assumed that basic psychoanalytical concepts regarding the personality as well as psychopathology and their implications for psychotherapeutic technique have already been incorporated.

  • Psychodynamic Approaches to Intervention (PDF, 181KB)
    This first in a sequence of psychoanalytical courses will integrate psychoanalytical theories of personality and psychopathology with the study of the technique of psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy.

  • Theories & Techniques of Psychoanalysis I (PDF, 107KB)
    This course will provide candidates with a framework for various elements of psychoanalytical theory and associated technique. Topics that will be covered include: the principles of character formation, symptom formation, anxiety, conflict, and defense.