The Unconscious: A Thrilling and Comprehensive Review of Psychoanalytic Theories

December 15, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dr. Karbelnig begins this three-hour, comprehensive review of psychoanalytic models of the unconscious by reviewing theories from Sigmund Freud to Stephen Mitchell. Concepts covered include Freud’s topological and tripartite models, Jung’s collective unconscious, Klein’s unconscious fantasies, Fairbairn’s dynamic structures, Kohut’s self, the relational unconscious and Stolorow’s “myth of the isolated mind,” which transcends the idea of an individual unconscious. After this extensive if intense overview, Dr. Karbelnig suggests how considering the unconscious as structured like drama provides an overarching, unifying model for psychoanalysis in the 21st century. The course includes multiple case examples and allows time for participants’ Q&A.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the different psychoanalytic theorists' views of unconscious structure
  • Demonstrate the process of clinical intervention to access and alter unconscious psychodynamics in order to increase patients’ capacity for self-understanding and self-expression
  • Discuss splitting, projective identification, and other primitive mental mechanisms in patients preventing intra-psychic or interpersonal communication

Alan Karbelnig, PhD, ABPP, a training and supervising psychoanalyst and senior faculty at NCP, as well as a Board-Certified forensic psychologist, practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and psychological assessment in Pasadena, CA.


Target Audience: This conference will be informative for mental health clinicians from all disciplines at every level of development and students as well.



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of ths CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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 New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.