Center Seminar Series

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training for Psychiatry Residents at UMKC--Past, Present and Future. 

Is it worth the effort in our current state of affairs? 


Presenters will address psychotherapy training among psychiatry residents in a psychiatry residency program in Kansas City, Missouri.  They will include historical background, the challenges faced in integrating psychoanalytic concepts with new developments in the growing field of neuroscience in medicine, the significant presence of corporate medicine in shaping the practice of psychotherapy and the structure and scope of the academic activities. Psychoanalytic theories and their clinical applications during the four-year training program will be addressed, as well as the different motivation levels for learning psychotherapy among the residents and what the future holds for them in the American landscape.


Learning Objectives

After attending this session, participants should be able to: 

1.     Get acquainted with historic, academic, cultural and economic forces shaping the teaching and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a psychiatry residency training program in Kansas City, MO from the perspective of two psychiatrists/psychoanalysts with a Latin-American background and US training.


2.    Review the changes and progress of psychoanalysis in the psychiatric field and especially in North America; how these changes influence the training of psychiatry residents, the role that administrators play in the medical field and the effects on the approach to psychiatric patients at various levels of patient care.


3.   Explore current evolvement of psychotherapy training as a requirement during psychiatry residency training and the involvement of psychoanalysts in teaching psychodynamic psychotherapy to residents.


4.   Share the necessity, experience, and the evolving process of a psychotherapy program developed for residents during their psychiatry training at UMKC; specifically, how to get the psychiatry residents to understand and apply the basic and fundamental elements to comprehend the mind and approach patients from a psychoanalytic perspective without neglecting the neurobiological elements, resulting in appropriate patient treatment plans.


Manuel Morales, M.D.  – Dr. Morales received his M.D. degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.  He is a graduate of General/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, Kansas, and a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute (GKCPI).  He is also past president of the GKCTPC, as well as former faculty of GKCPI.  Dr. Morales is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UMKC School of Medicine.


Judith Ovalle Abuabara, M.D. – Dr. Ovalle received her M.D. degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota and completed the Residency in Psychiatry at El Rosario, University in Bogota, Colombia.  She was trained as psychoanalyst at the Colombian Psychoanalytic Society and holds the International Psychoanalytic Association Certification as a Psychoanalyst.  She also graduated in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  Dr. Ovalle is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Coordinates the Psychotherapy program for psychiatry residents and is the Clerkship Director of Psychiatry for medical students at UMKC. She is also a faculty member of the GKCPI.


Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, in the Large Meeting Room

This Center Seminar is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash, check, or credit card.

For information, contact GKCTPC at 816-512-7438 or

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at

Continuing Medical Education Credits 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.