Altered States of Body and Mind: A psychoanalytic exploration of addiction and eating disorders | 10/4/2018-5/23/2019



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Altered States of Body and Mind: A psychoanalytic exploration of addiction and eating disorders
October 4, 2018 – May 23, 2019

Thursday’s 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Course Description

Psychoanalytic theory posits substance abuse, eating disorders and other addictive behaviors are ways of coping with intensely distressing states of body and mind. The substance or behavior gives the patient an illusion of a restored self – immune to narcissistic injury, abandonment, rage and in some cases, the terror of “coming apart.”

This 30-week course begins with a review of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theories on addiction, eating disorders, dissociation and primitive states of mind.  We explore the neurobiology of addiction, brain development and anxious attachment strategies developed in childhood.

We use object relations theory to understand drug abuse, eating problems and other addictive behaviors such as sex, gambling, internet/gaming and high-risk activities. We identify the special concerns of patients who are dangerously overweight or who binge on various substances. We then uncover transference communications and the potential for powerful countertransference enactments.

Finally, we explore the dialogue between personality disorders and addiction and we imagine the patient whose addictive behaviors are a response to an underlying psychotic process.  At the end of the course, students will meet guest lecturers from adjunct modes of treatment including nutrition, psychiatry and other intensive levels of care.

Our Altered States of Body and Mind Program is designed for a wide range of mental health professionals, at all levels of experience, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and MFTs who are looking to deepen their work with their patients.

Course Curriculum

October 4, 2018 – December 14, 2018
– Introduction to Developmental Theories on Eating Disorders and other Addictions, Parts I and II
– Neurobiology and the Addicted Brain
– Attachment and Developmental Trauma

January 3, 2019 – March 7, 2019
– Object Relations of Eating Disordered and Otherwise Addicted Individuals, Parts I and II
– Binge Eating, Obesity and the Drive to Excess
– Working with Addicts on the Primitive Edge: Countertransference Enactments

March 14, 2019 – May 23, 2019
– Personality Disorders, Psychopathology, Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse
– Reality Ends Here: When Psychosis Underlies Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse
– Psychoanalysis and the Treatment Team

Goals & Objectives

This program is designed to enhance the clinical skills of mental health professionals who work with adults and/or children, including psychologists, social workers, and MFTs as well as psychiatrists, other medical professionals, and clergy. The course will be of value to those who are new to psychodynamic thinking as well as seasoned clinicians looking to deepen their work with trauma survivors.

  • Understand psychoanalytic theories pertaining to addictive states of body and mind.
  • Be able to decode unconscious motivations in the maintenance of addictions and eating disorders
  • Become more familiar with brain structures and early developmental traumas informing the addict’s struggle to cope with stress.
  • Attend to primitive psychic structures, defenses and potential for enactments within the work.
  • Apply new conceptual knowledge and interventions to your work with patients struggling with compulsive behaviors.

Board of Directors

Lanning L. Melville, Psy.D.  PRESIDENT
Mariann Hybels Miller, Ph.D. SECRETARY
Kevin J. Wittenberg, Ph.D. TREASURER
Lucia Tripodes, Psy.D. MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Sandra Wilder-Padilla, Ph.D. MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Bina Zargari, M.F.T. CANDIDATE REP

Program Chairs

Victoria Curea, Psy.D, MFT
Lisa Crilley, M.A., MFT


Our instructors are highly trained psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Theory will be linked to case examples, treatment considerations and clinical dilemmas frequently found in our work.

Sacha Bollas, Psy.D
Lynda Chassler, Ph.D
Lisa Crilley, MFT
Victoria Curea, Psy.D
David Hayes, MFT
Leslie Howard, Ph.D
Jill Lummus, Psy.D
Peggy Matson, Psy.D
Debbie Sandy, Psy.D
Robyn Smith, MFT
Craig Wagner, Ph.D

Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.


Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 90 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical Education.
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Board of Behavioral Sciences no longer approves CE providers. However, LAISPS is approved by the APA to provide CE hours and the BBS will accept these hours for CE credit.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance


The fee for this program is $1295 if registered by September 13th and it is $1395 if registered after September 13th.  Students and Interns may register at a discounted price of $1165 if registering by September 13th and $1255 if registering after September 13th.

BUYER’S RIGHT TO CANCEL: A student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance of the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later by addressing a refund request and Notice of Cancellation to the Administrative office of The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, 12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520, Los Angeles, CA  90049. The refund request letter should include dates of all instruction sessions attended, date of last instruction attended, and refund amount requested, in keeping with the formula listed below. LAISPS will issue a refund request within 30 days after receiving the formal request and Notice of Cancellation.

REFUND INFORMATION: A student has the right to a full refund of all charges if she/he cancels the enrollment agreement prior to or on the first day of instruction.  In addition, a student may withdraw from a course after instruction has started and receive a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges if she/he has completed 60% or less of the instruction.  In the following example, a student who completed 10 hours of a 108-hour program for which she/he paid $2,200 in tuition would receive a $1,996.30 refund.
Sample Refund Formula:
Hours Paid For – Hours Attended x Total
108 hours – 10 hours x $2,200 = $1,996.30

2018-19 Altered States Brochure

Additional information


Thursdays starting October 4, 2018 – May 23, 2019


6:00pm – 9:00pm