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Understanding Human Behavior

Through a Psychoanalytic Lens: A Survey of the Theoretical Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 101

Fall 2024

12 Week Class - September 4, 2024-November 20, 2024 Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:00am

Live Interactive Webinar via Zoom


System Requirements: To attend this training, one must have access to a computer, internet and Zoom. It is vital that a computer be utilized for this training, instead of a mobile device or Ipad.

Course Description

This course will deepen the understanding of transference, countertransference and resistance based on modern theory and practice. We will explore diverse thinkers and topics which will describe a model embedded in the concepts of two-person psychology, intersubjectivity, mutuality and use of the self in the analytic dyad. The emphasis will be on the complexity of social interaction from a post-modern perspective and its impact on clinical work. The focus of discourse will be on the psychoanalytic reformulations that follow from a belief in the fundamentally social and interactive nature of the individual, especially within the dyadic relationship.  


Instructor: Melanie Karger, PsyD

Melanie Karger, Psy.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Summit, NJ. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) in 2014 and her certification as a psychoanalyst from the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ (CPPNJ) in 2021. She has additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She has supervised doctoral graduate students and post graduate students. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, early childhood trauma, countertransference, transference and analytical supervision.


1. Participants will identify and define the hallmarks of major theorists and movements in psychoanalysis including: Freudian, Ego Psychology, Kleinian, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Attachment Theory, Neurobiology, Relational Psychoanalysis, and Intersubjective Psychoanalysis

2. Participants will be able to compare and contrast these different theoretical models in class discussions and presentations.

3. Participants will be able to apply and utilize theoretical models in their clinical practice. They will be able to demonstrate proficiency through case presentations and in a final written clinical report.

4. Participants will be able to conceive and prepare psychoanalytic psychodynamic formulations of clients. They will be able to relate case formulation in discussions, case presentations and in written papers.

5. Students will be able to synthesize theory and clinical practice through class discussions, case presentations, and written report.

Target Audience:  Suitable for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Graduate Students, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Level of Sophistication: This is an Introductory level post-graduate continuing education program. Suitable to all licensed professionals.

ADA accommodations available upon request: Requests required at least 14 days prior to course start.

Continuing Education: 

18 CEs for Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers

For counselors: CPPNJ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education   Provider, ACEP No. 6863. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CPPNJ is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For Psychologists:  CPPNJ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPPNJ maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 


For NY Psychologists: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0165. 

For NJ Social Workers Understanding Human Behavior Through a Psychoanalytic Lens: A Survey of the Theoretical Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 101, Course #5106, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 08/24/2023 - 08/24/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 18 clinical continuing education credits.

NY Social Workers: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0757.

Course Fee: $400 for members; $550 for non-members

Course Refund Policy: Up to one month before a course starts there will be a full course refund less a $50 administrative fee. Less than one month before a course starts there will be a $50 administrative fee and the payment will be applied to a future course. Once a class starts, there will be no refunds. Extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this CE event.

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at www.cppnj.org, contact us by email at [email protected] or at CPPNJ 235 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940