Continuing Education Credits

Each conference offers Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for mental health professionals.

Enlightening Conversations 2015 offers a total of 7.5 CECs through the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). IRSJA+logo

2015 Learning Objectives

Panel #1: “What is Human Freedom?” (2.5 CEC’s)

This panel is designed to help you:

  1. Define the term “Enlightenment” from the perspective of Buddhist practice
  2. Define the term “idealization/splitting” in psychoanalytic practice and everyday life
  3. Define the term “suggestion” in psychoanalytic practice and everyday life
  4. Describe “psychoanalytic truth” or “psychoanalytic attitude” as goals of psychoanalytic treatment
  5. Define and describe the “stages of Enlightenment” (Arhat, Bodhisattva, Buddha)
  6. Describe and analyze consciousness/unconsciousness from Buddhism and psychoanalysis
  7. Analyze the role of idealization in teacher-student relationships in Buddhism and in patient-therapist relationships in psychoanalysis
  8. Define and describe the role of “projective identification” in psychoanalytic treatment and everyday life
  9. Apply the theory of projective identification to the Buddhist teacher-student relationship over time in the ways that projections change, develop and dissolve – and how they are used in the service of Enlightenment
  10. Describe how idealization can be used or abused in reaching the goals of human liberation
  11. Apply the concepts of idealization and splitting to uses and abuses of power in both Buddhist and psychoanalytic communities and organizations
  12. Describe the similarities and differences in Buddhist and psychoanalytic models of human freedom

Panel #2: “The Ethical Foundations of Human Freedom” (2.5 CEC’s)

This panel is designed to help you:

  1. Define the Buddhist concept of good character (or Sila)
  2. Describe the role of ethics in psychoanalytic practice and communities
  3. Describe the Precepts in Zen practice
  4. Explain the place of ethics in human mental health
  5. Describe and understand the role of ethics prior to and after Enlightenment in Buddhist practice
  6. Define “spiritual abuse” and how trust can be broken in a Buddhist teacher-student relationship
  7. Describe what can be done to repair broken trust as a result of ethical problems in the Buddhist teacher-student relationship or community
  8. Define “ethical misconduct” in a psychoanalytic relationship
  9. Describe how ethical misconduct is repaired in a psychoanalytic relationship and community
  10. Describe how the dynamics of dominance/submission (power) can be used wisely and compassionately within Buddhist communities and practices
  11. Analyze the relationship of ethics and wisdom in both Buddhism and psychoanalysis
  12. Compare and contrast the models of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis in regard to basic assumptions about the role of ethics in human freedom

Panel #3: “Disillusionment as a Path to Enlightenment” (2.5 CEC’s)

This panel is designed to help you:

  1. Define the Buddhist concept of “equanimity”
  2. Define and describe the meaning of “disillusionment” from a psychoanalytic view
  3. Comprehend the meaning and role of “Prajna Paramita” in Buddhist teaching and practice
  4. Define and apply the Lacanian psychoanalytic terms “Real, Imaginary, Symbolic” to the limitations of human freedom
  5. Describe disillusionment as a component in the development of greater freedom
  6. Comprehend disillusionment as a means to enlightenment on the Buddhist path
  7. Describe how Buddhist practices and psychoanalytic methods help us contain and metabolize our uncertainties and insecurities in a manner that encourages greater freedom
  8. Comprehend the consequences in both Buddhism and psychoanalysis when practitioners (teachers and analysts) do not prepare individuals for uncertainties and disillusionment
  9. Compare and contrast the teachings of Buddhism and psychoanalysis in regard to the role of disillusionment and the failure of ideals
  10. Compare and contrast how Buddhism and psychoanalysis understand “perfection,” “freedom” and “reality” in relation to the goals of their practices
  11. Apply Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion in relationship to broken trust and disillusionment about teachers
  12. Apply psychoanalytic teachings about how conflicts and insecurities cannot be overcome in the human mind and how this might relate to the impossibility of human freedom