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A Peoples History of Psychoanalysis

A Peoples History of Psychoanalysis


A Peoples History of Psychoanalysis

The history of psychoanalysis and its use toward improving race relations and social justice issues will be the focus of a seven-week Lakeland University virtual graduate course that can also be taken as a workshop.

A Peoples History of Psychoanalysis can be taken for two graduate credits through Lakeland’s Master of Arts in Counseling program. It can also be taken through Lakeland’s DevelopU program for professionals seeking Continuing Education hours.

The course will be offered virtually on seven consecutive Thursday nights beginning March 17. The DevelopU event will be from 6-8 p.m., and the course will be from 6-9:15 p.m.

The course is ideal for current counseling graduate students and undergraduate psychology students, as well as current practicing clinicians.

Individuals who take the course as a DevelopU offering will receive a certificate upon completion listing the course name and hours that can be used to fulfill Continuing Education hours. They are not responsible for any coursework and will not receive a grade or academic credit.

The cost if taken as a two-credit course is $1,374. The cost if taken as a Continuing Education opportunity through DevelopU is $220.

Juxtaposed with history and present day, the class will examine the impact of oppression with a lens toward liberation psychology. As a course, it will expand on counseling graduate students’ knowledge of this counseling theory as well as other counseling professionals understanding of the discipline of psychoanalysis, which one of the foundational theories within the counseling field.

Leading the DevelopU sessions and teaching the course is Sara Totten, Ph.D., a regular Lakeland MAC instructor who is director of student services for a DeForest School District and currently the president of the Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services (WCASS).

Totten has a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison studying principal perspectives of disproportionate placement of African-American students in special education programs. She has a master’s degree in school psychology, studying the prevalence of psychopharmacology in preschool populations.

She has co-authored articles appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, International Journal of Special Education, and the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. She has also blogged for RethinkEd.

Textbooks for the course are “A People's History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology” by Daniel Jos Gaztambide and “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.