Courses for licensed Professionals

The Square:
Human Moments and Relational Aesthetics
a Special Program of the Film & Mind Committee
Saturday, January 12, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 PM
3.5 CE/CME Credits
Online registration is required for CE/CME Credits
$55 with CE Credits; $25 student rate
Note: This program will be held on a Saturday afternoon.
The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund, is a film set in a modern art museum about the aesthetics of relationships. Largely misunderstood by critics when it was released, The Square offers a series of human encounters that psychotherapists ponder long after viewing. “We are exposed to an aesthetics of shaming, laying bare the hypocrisy, the selfishness and the wishful thinking embedded in the deep structures of 21st-century metropolitan existence. That existence is a cornucopia of delights masquerading as miseries, or perhaps vice versa.” (NY Times)
The program features commentary and lectures before and after the screening, plus a facilitated audience discussion.
Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the invisible link (represented here as “the Square”) between boundary function and integrity of social fabric; consider the therapist’s role in promoting integrity and protecting therapeutic boundaries
  • Explain the relational aspect of Aesthetic Function of the mind
  • Apply the psychodynamic understanding of “symbolic articulation” (as in the function of a Museum) to clinical experience with clients/patients
  • Define “Losing face” in psychological terms; sensitively apply awareness of “losing face” in clinical practice with clients/patients
Jeffrey Prager, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice. He received his PhD in Psychoanalysis in 1983 from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, now the New Center of Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where he is now a Senior Faculty Member, and was formerly the Dean. He is also a Professor of Sociology at UCLA. He has published widely, both books and articles, on psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, including his award-winning Presenting the Past, Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering (Harvard University Press).
Lynne Oliva, PsyD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and a Faculty member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Brentwood and specializes in working with artists and writers. She is working on a book about art, desire, and the unconscious.
Seth Alt is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Department at Claremont Graduate University, and a member of the California Forum. Seth’s dissertation research is focused on the intersections of museums, digital technology, and Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Program Coordinators:
Thomas Brod, MD (Discussion Facilitator), Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. He is also on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute (Washington, D.C.).
Apurva Shah, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Palmdale. An Associate member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, he is co-coordinator of theFilm and Mind Series. He is also the Founding Director and Faculty at the Antarnad Foundation, a not-for-profit psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program, in Ahmedabad, India. His primary interest, and the focus of most of his publications, is the interface of psychoanalysis and culture.
NCP’s Film and Mind Series allows clinicians to explore psychoanalytic concepts in an open and exciting discussion format. By analyzing the interpersonal dynamics between the film characters and treating the mise-en-scène (the sum total of the art and artifice in the movie) as a metaphor for the internal mental states of the characters, and by revealing the subtext of the story by highlighting the process of the plot, we can gain a better understanding of the dynamics of our patients and of the therapeutic process. Movies are geared to mental health professionals and general public who are interested in psychoanalytic ideas. Each evening starts with a brief introduction of the movies and the discussant(s). The movie (or excerpts thereof) are screened. The discussant(s) then present a brief analysis of the movie using the principles stated above and designed to stimulate a lively discussion among the participants.
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Courses for Professionals

Psychodynamic Emotional Regulation:
A Day with ISTDP for Clinicians
Thomas Brod, MD
December 8, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM [1 hr. break for lunch]
6 CE/CME Credits*
$120 Pre-registration, $60 Student Rate
Note: This course is restricted to licensed clinicians only,
as it contains confidential video clinical material;
Unlicensed clinicians need advance permission from the instructor.
ISTDP is a systematic revision of psychoanalytic technique allowing practitioners to use emotional and attachment links to unlock a very wide range of psychopathology. Outcome studies of high quality have demonstrated the effectiveness of ISTDP in Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders including Bipolar Disorder and Treatment-resistant Depression, Medically Unexplained and Somatoform Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Substance Use Disorders. Across all psychopathology, ISTDP allows clinicians to assess anxiety with precision, working with patients at the point of maximal readiness for change.
This program defines how we put theory into practice. By viewing videotaped clinical cases, participants observe and consider key skills of attunement to develop and maintain an effective focus extending standard therapeutic techniques. In this presentation, we plan two video vignettes identifying two cases that presented with panic. In each case, the symptoms of panic disappeared after the initial consultation. That’s when the difficult and interesting work begins!
The format includes orienting PowerPoint lectures and moment-to-moment analysis of the clinical videotape illustrating decision points regarding increasing and decreasing pressure on whatever unconscious system happens to be at the forefront.
Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
  • Apply several forms of pressure and use patient’s level of anxiety to determine threshold of tolerable pressure
  • List the three primary discharge pathways of unconscious anxiety
  • Examine the unconscious guilty need for punishment and self-sabotage in patients/clients and help them free themselves from the resultant symptoms
  • Explain resistance to emotional closeness and its the relationship to primal attachment
  • Identify and deactivate the omnipotent transference; Identify “fragility of ego structure” and apply techniques to build (ego) structure
Thomas Brod, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and the co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. He is also on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute (Washington, D.C.).t
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ISTDP for Professionals

Five Days of Intensive Psychotherapy Training and Immersion Experience

August 19-24, 2018

With Thomas M. Brod, MD, 

 Nat Kuhn, MD, and Angela Cooper, PhD

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 Whidbey Island, Washington State

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The Initial Psychodynamic Interview: 

Setting Up Accelerated Psychotherapy From the Start with ISTDP

With its emphasis on deepening affective experience in the context of the transference relationship, ISTDP is a unique form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy developed by Habib Davanloo MD.  This Saturday program will cone in on the initial interview in ISTDP and how treatment can be accelerated and rapidly deepened from the very start. Emphasis will be on 1) identifying therapeutic task; 2) observing defenses and resistances to emotional closeness; 3) highlighting and focusing the transference; 4) early structuring of the ego in more disturbed patients; 5) identifying unmet therapeutic needs for future therapy. Video anecdotes will be used to illustrate key points. 



date: May 7, 2016  9:30 am to 1:30 pm

location: New Center for Psychoanalysis

2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles 90025

3.5 CME/Continuing Education Units 

Note this course is for licensed and registered psychotherapists only

At the conclusion of this program participants will
1. recognized the importance of immediately attending to defensive avoidance of their issues regarding emotional closeness
2. set up therapeutic task and focus
3. identify future needs to be addressed in psychotherapy