WORKSHOPS for Professionals



Next up:  A free virtual event for everyone! Reflect and Reset: A Monthly Mindfulness Meditation Gathering on Sunday, May 14th from 4-5 pm PST. Send me an email or use the contact form to request an invitation link to this private event designed for friends and friends of friends.


And then: A 5-unit continuing education course for mental health professionals identifying as White or White-adjacent, We Need to Listen: Black Psychoanalysts Speak, Video and Discussion on Saturday, June 3rd from 9-10:30 am PST. Learn more and register here



Recently Completed On-line Workshops

The Dynamics of Personality Development: Freud, Klein, and Bion Unplugged

This daylong workshop for the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in northern California was offered on on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm (6 CE credits). This virtual event was ideal for both students and mental health professionals as I translated the models of Freud, Klein, and Bion in a lively and engaging way.

Transformations in Pandemic Times

This seminar was offered on !Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9:00am to 10:30am. It was a rich exploration of changes in the analytic frame during the time of the pandemic. It was a repeat of the August seminar to accommodate those needing a weekend time.

A Case for the Unconscious

This seminar was offered on Tuesay, November 1, 2022, exploring the unconscious as foundational to psychological life, drawing from social and cognitive psychology, the neuroscientific work of Jak Panksepp, and psychoanalytic models.

Ethics in Clinical Practice: A Psychoanalytic Approach (6 CE credits)

This seminar was offered on Saturday, September 24, 2022, exploring a psychoanalytic approach to the therapy frame and boundary violations.

Transformations in Psychoanalytic Treatment in Pandemic Times

This seminar was offered on Tuesday, August 9. 2022. It was a rich exploration of changes in the analytic frame during the time of the pandemic. Great discussion!

Ethics in Clinical Practice 2-Part Series

This seminar series was offered in two parts on successive Tuesday evenings, June 14 and 21, 2022. The topics included (1) the protective function of the analytic frame and (2) altruism and boundary violations.

Working Psychoanalytically Under Less than Optimal Conditions

We explored my paper, “Lessons from MacGyver: Working Psychoanalytically Under Less than Optimal Conditions” on Monday, May 16, 2022.

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About Psychoanalytic Essentials

On-line and In-person Continuing Education Workshops

My continuing education program, Psychoanalytic Essentials, is designed to help mental health providers develop and improve their competence and skills in the practice of psychotherapy with a psychoanalytic lens. Professionals can participate in courses that delve into psychoanalytic theory and technique, informed by contemporary models of psychoanalysis in the British object relations tradition.

Most of the Psychoanalytic Essentials courses are offered in a small group format, 8-12 people, either live on-line or in-person. This format offers an engaging learning experience, a “working seminar” that allows for interaction and values the clinical experiences of all participants.

Jennifer Kunst, PhD is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts continuing education credit granted by the California Psychological Association or by any of its Approved Providers. Jennifer Kunst, PhD maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If you plan to use the credits in another state please check with that licensing jurisdiction to see if the credits will be accepted.

Learn more about my CPA provider accreditation, including information about its mission, complaint and refund policies, disability accommodations, and diversity statement here.

Information about upcoming workshops will be posted here. Keep up to date by following me on Instagram!

If you are interested in a custom-designed course for your staff, team, or group, please contact Dr. Kunst using the form below:

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