MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR - January 22, 2024
 on Zoom
Towards a More Robust Theory of Change:  Incorporating Memory Reconsolidation and an Updated Theory of Mind from Neuropsychoanalysis into Clinical Work


with Aaron Mitchum, M.A., LPC

While Freud’s theories foretold aspects of modern neuroscience, psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist, Mark Solms, elaborates a contemporary formulation positing that, when it comes to the id and ego, Freud had it backwards in that the id is conscious while the ego is primarily unconscious.  In this seminar, we will discuss Mark Solm’s work The Hidden Spring, also highlighting his longtime collaborator, neuroscientist, Jack Panksepp, who shone a light on Freud’s insight that feelings should be prioritized over cognition.  Exploring the id as a metaphor for our inherited emotional systems, we will analyze how memory reconsolidation both drives and revises our actions, influenced by our initial caregivers and others who endow us with the feedback that shapes and refines who we are, what we find meaningful, and, for better or for worse, how we live our lives.
After attending this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Summarize how Freud’s theory of mind has been recast and revised in light of contemporary developments in affective neuroscience.
  2. Describe the concept of memory reconsolidation and its function and application in a clinical setting.
  3. Discuss a clinical case and how patients change and create new meaning through the expression of affect and emotion.
Aaron Mitchum
About the Presenter
Aaron Mitchum has a Masters in Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas.  He completed his psychoanalytic training through the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Thought and is currently midway through Somatic Experiencing training.  Aaron practices psychotherapy in Overland Park, Kansas, and provides supervision, as well.  Having authored and co-authored several publications, Aaron has presented locally and nationally and served as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Monday, January 22nd, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central Time
This seminar is free and open to the public.
The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on January 19th.
1.5 CMEs/CEUs are available for this seminar.
Certificates of attendance are FREE for Center members,
$30 for non-Center members.
(Details about how to receive CMEs/CEUs will be provided during the seminar.)

Helpful Information to Access and Participate in the Center Seminar
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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 American Psychoanalytic Association and 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
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About the Center

The Greater Kansas City-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-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at
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