Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: A Deepening Dialogue

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This course will explore the many overlapping themes of psychoanalysis and Buddhism (ethical training, personal investigation, and the attainment of insight into the working of the heart/mind), and explore ways in which these two wisdom traditions may complement one another in the service of healing.

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7 Sessions: Wednesdays, Apr 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459


This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.


Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: A Deepening Dialogue

 

The intensely psychological, phenomenological and introspective nature of Early Buddhism makes it a logical topic for psychoanalytic exploration and comparison. Both traditions value subjectivity, and propose that healing arises from examining the contents of the heart and mind with an attitude of neutrality and acceptance in order to gain insight. This course will employ a traditional tripartite structure found in Buddhism (ethical training, personal investigation, and the attainment of insight into the working of the heart/mind), to examine the many overlapping themes of psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and explore ways in which these two wisdom traditions may complement one another in the service of healing. Each session will include a brief period of guided meditation.

 


Instructors

Axel Hoffer, MD -- Psychoanalyst Member, Supervising and Training Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Dr. Hoffer regularly presents on the topic of meditation and psychoanalysis. He is Editor of Freud and the Buddha: The Couch and the Cushion (Karnac: London, 2015) and has submitted a paper for publication titled, “Psychoanalysis as a two-person meditation: Free association, Meditation and Bion”.

 

Delia Kostner, PhD -- Psychoanalyst Member, Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI. Dr. Kostner has lectured on psychoanalysis and Buddhism throughout the Northeast and has contributed chapters on this topic in two recent edited volumes, including The Couch and the Cushion: What Psychoanalysis and Buddhism Can Learn from Each Other. Private practice in Amherst, MA..

 

Learning Objectives
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of Buddhism in psychoanalytic thought and discuss ways in which the two overlap and diverge in their goals.
  2. Discuss the concept of “sila”, or ethics in Buddhist thought, as it pertains to the ethical practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  3. Describe at least two ways in which free association and mindfulness meditation instructions overlap and are mutually enhancing.
  4. Describe and discuss the place of compassion and friendliness in psychoanalytic treatment.
  5. Discuss and analyze the similar and differing views of suffering in psychoanalysis and Buddhism.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of conventional and Buddhist understanding of self and “not-self”.
  7. Reflect upon and discuss the impact of a personal meditation practice on the work of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.



References

Buechler, S. (2010). No pain, no gain? Suffering and the analysis of defense. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 46(3):334-354.

Fogel, G. (2015). My lives in psychoanalysis and Buddhism. In Hoffer, A. (ed.) Freud and the Buddha: The couch and the cushion. London: Karnac.

Hoffer, A. (2010). Passionate neutrality. Pine Psychoanalytic Center Newsletter, 21(3): 2-5.

Kostner, D. (2015). It's not just about he mindfulness: Foundations of Buddhist thought and why it matters for psychoanalysis. In Hoffer, A. (ed.) Freud and the Buddha: The couch and the cushion. London: Karnac.

 

 

Schedule
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Group Discussion.



Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 10.5 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation. 

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.

Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.

Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.

 

 

 

 

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