Study Group
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Facilitated by Connie Ittner, LCSW, CGP
6 Wednesdays
October 14 - November 18, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST

Zoom Presentation
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation
Registration deadline: October 12, 2020

Registration Fees
Active Members: $240
Friend Members: $270
Student Members: $120
Non-members: $300


This basic-level study group will utilize readings, lecture, and discussion to help participants learn about psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We will explore the underlying theoretical concepts that distinguish a psychoanalytic therapy from other forms of therapy, including theories about what motivates human behavior and how change occurs. We will explore technical aspects of treatment, from setting the therapeutic frame to terminating the treatment. The group is open to clinicians, but no prior experience in psychoanalytic therapy is required. Registration is limited in order to allow time for participants to share and explore their own case material with the group. Participants should obtain a copy of the following textbook: Gabbard, G. (2017). Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

  1. List 3 elements of the treatment frame.
  2. Define therapeutic abstinence, anonymity, and neutrality.
  3. Explain why therapists should avoid self-disclosure.
  4. Write a dynamic formulation.
  5. Define and give an example of transference.
  6. Define and give an example of countertransference.
  7. Define and give examples of 4 psychological defenses.
  8. Describe some steps in making an effective interpretation.
  9. Describe 2 ways in which unconscious issues might start to surface.
  10. Give an example of a dream interpretation.
  11. Explain the goals of termination.

October 14, 2020
Chapter 1

October 21, 2020
Chapter 2

October 28, 2020
Chapters 3-4
November 4, 2021
Chapters 5-6

November 11, 2020
Chapter 7

November 18, 2020
Chapters 8-9
Connie Ittner, LCSW, CGP is a 2009 University of Texas at Austin graduate who received her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in 2013. Connie's graduate-level internship training at The Council on Recovery in 2012 was largely focused on psychodynamically-informed psychotherapy. In 2014, Connie completed a year-long post-graduate Clinical Social Work Fellowship on the Professionals in Crisis Unit at The Menninger Clinic where she received further dynamically-informed education, training and experience working with adults suffering from a variety of psychiatric symptoms and life circumstances. She received a certificate from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies for completion of Studies in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in 2017 and has served in the past on its Admissions Committee. Most recently she has served the Houston Psychoanalytic Society on its Board as Membership Chair in 2017. Connie is currently in private practice in the Heights.
Houston Psychoanalytic Society
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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 American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 9 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.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.