Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice - PSY14

Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice

by Terry B Northcut, LCSW, PhD
(4.2 / 67 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Sigmund Freud was often cautious about the rigid interpretation of his theories; to paraphrase his sentiment, he would hate to be a “Freudian.” Freud knew that followers of a particular ideology are often more zealous than the founder of the ideology. Such is often the case with psychoanalysis. Theory that was part of the original, classical perspective gets interpreted rigidly or applied as if the theory has not changed over the years. However, the way a theory is interpreted or operationalized reflects the economic and political climate in which the treatment is occurring, the population being served, and the values and biases of the practitioner.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide clinicians with the basic principles of psychoanalytic theory and its practice, examine its continued relevance and applicability, and provide illustrations of its application. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the basic principles of psychoanalytic theory
  • Describe the therapeutic process of psychoanalytic therapy and the key components of treatment
  • Identify when and how psychoanalytic theory and therapy may be appropriate and when it is inappropriate.
  • Identify results of current research on the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, including results from interpersonal neurobiological studies and from controversies with outcome studies

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including psychologists and social workers.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Intermediate
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 3/27/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/11/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/11/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Michael S - Gardner, KS  ·  Jun 24, 2019
Good summary of psychoanalysis.
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Brandi B - FAIRFIELD, CA  ·  Nov 02, 2018
A good review of pschoanalysis
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Christine R - San Diego, CA  ·  Aug 15, 2018
psychanalysis is such gobbledegook
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Devon S - St Petersburg, FL  ·  Aug 10, 2018
great course! learned much about psychoanalysis.
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David B - Alameda, CA  ·  Aug 02, 2018
A good overview! Could be longer and give a little bit more explanation of terms.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50