I find developing and teaching courses on new work in our field not only enjoyable, but exceptionally useful in helping me to become a more informed and effective clinician.
I have been an active teacher in the local psychoanalytic community for more than 25 years. It has been my pleasure to teach psychoanalytic candidates, offer courses in the NC Psychoanalytic Society’s extension division, and lead discussions on psychodynamic topics in the UNC Adult Education Program for Human Values. In addition, between the years 1989-99, I designed and taught a variety of courses and programs concerning psychoanalytic issues that were sponsored by the Lucy Daniels Foundation of Cary, NC.
In recent years, I have enjoyed co-teaching with two skilled senior clinicians: in 2006, Dr. Ingrid Pisetsky and I gave a course on Contemporary Psychoanalysis, emphasizing the relational perspective in psychoanalytic theory and its broad applications in treatment situations; in 2008, Dr. Nancy Livingston and I taught a course on Psychodynamic Assessment, which focused on the work of Nancy McWilliams.
For the first time in 2009 the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC) sponsored a new course I designed and taught on Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness. This seminar presented my ongoing efforts to integrate new understandings of mindfulness perspectives and practices with psychodynamic clinical treatment. Because the course was oversubscribed and the sessions generated lively and fruitful discussions, I taught a revised version of the class in the winter and spring of 2010.