Love Madness in Clinical Practice: A Dr. Teague Workshop

  • 09 Jun 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • 10 Jun 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702


  • Licensed professionals seeking 12 units of continuing education credit
  • Post-graduate pre-licensed professionals or licensed individuals who do not wish CE credit
  • Student ID must be presented at check-in to receive student pricing

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Love Madness in Clinical Practice

Presented by

Ron Teague, Ph.D, ABPP 


About the course: Frequently we encounter patients who have an experience that might be called “love madness”. This is when they develop an intense attachment to someone and they will do almost anything to get close to this person. This might involve a serious crush, stalking behaviour, obsessive ideation or volatile relationships. Object Relations and Attachment Theories have explored this problem in great detail and we should all be grateful for this. These psychodynamic theorists have also developed superb intervention techniques that have proved to be quite effective. Never the less, the reason that erotic pathology should exist in the first place is, for the most part, still unexplored.

This workshop will examine the Archetypal roots of extreme erotic attachments and offer suggestions about what the psychic purpose of these are. It will do so by using a Transcultural Analytic hermeneutic to see what the essential human experience of ‘love madness’ is. Various folk magical traditions, folk legends and mythologies, which focus on ‘love madness’ will be explored. Additionally the two works, the Hypnerotomachia of Poliphili and the Cour d’Amour Epris or King Reneé’s Book of Love, will be used to try to understand the Archetypal sources of this clinical pathology.

Students who attend this workshop should, at its end, be able to understand the psychic function of ‘love madness’ as well as how to address this problem in clinical cases.

This workshop is designed directed toward senior clinicians who are licensed and have several years of post-licensure experience, and students in a clinical graduate program.


About the Presenter:  Ronald Teague, Ph.D., ABPP has been in professional practice for over 40 years.  During that time he has directed substance abuse centers in Central California, been the Chief of Psychological Services in both in-patient and outpatient hospital departments and has a private practice in clinical psychology and psychoanalysis. He is skilled and experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and mental disorders.  Additionally he has supervised and trained psychologists and other mental health professionals in his capacity as Founding Graduate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  Currently, he has expanded his practice to include International Psychology, consulting weekly with psychologists and psychiatrists in China, England, Germany, Korea, Spain and Ethiopia. He is the author of numerous publications and a distinguished invited lecturer.  Dr. Teague’s credentials include: PhD, California School of Professional Psychology-San Francisco, 1973, California License Psy004586, certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Psychology, Fellow-American Academy of Clinical Psychology and American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Registrant - National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology.

And in his own words…

Ronald Teague is a founding faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  He has continuously been teaching Graduate Students since 1974.  He was the founder of the Fresno, Sacramento and Hong Kong Campuses.  He is Board Certified in both Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Academy of Psychoanalysis.  He yearly travels to China to train psychologists and psychiatrists as well as Primary Care Physicians.  He maintains an active private practice in Sacramento and routinely trains mental health professionals in various locations throughout the world using distance technology.  He is thinking about writing a book on the need for a Transcultural Perspective in Clinical Psychology as well as methods to treat disorders caused by conflicts in the Cultural Unconscious, but he really hasn’t done much about this which is typical for him as he prefers to natter on about topics of interest to him but he really doesn’t like to do the hard research which would be necessary to write a book.  He is either an Introvert or a high functioning Asperger’s, depending on one’s theoretical orientation.  He has been called a ‘polymath’ by the past Dean of CSPP, but he isn’t sure if this is a complement or not.




This event is being held at a different location than is usual for this workshop.  The event will be held at Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702.  Specific Location on campus will be posted soon.  We appreciate your understanding.

Continuing Education: Twelve  (12) continuing education credits provided by the Sullivan Center for Children, an authorized provider of continuing education credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). APA-sponsored continuing education credit is approved for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.

The Sullivan Center for Children is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Sullivan Center for Children maintains responsibility

For questions, comments, or concerns regarding Sullivan Center for Children CE program content, material, registration, or any related manners, please contact our Continuing Education Program CoordinatorKaitlyn Nichols, Psy.D., at (559) 271-1186 ext. 120 or email

*Important Notice: Please note that APA guidelines require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time, or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. No partial credit will be awarded.

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