Psychoanalytically Informed Assessment of Children and Adolescents
Don Spivak, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Five Tuesdays / January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
7.5 CME and CE Credit Hours
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: The course is aimed at helping the clinician with crucial skills in this underappreciated area, and will cover the major topics including the goals of assessment, the role of parents in the assessments of children of various ages, the importance of child development in understanding presenting problems and concerns, and, the importance of designing an assessment to aid in planning therapeutic interventions.
By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Characterize the goals of an assessment. They will be able to describe the age appropriate techniques used in assessing children and adolescents.
2. Discuss the importance of parents in any assessment. They will be able to identify the ways to help a parent become a partner in the evaluation of, and recommendations for, their child.
3. Illustrate developmentally significant observations and to integrate these observations in a comprehensive manner.
4. Synthesize their understanding of observed and assessed children and their parents into a formulation that will lead to recommendations for interventions.
5. Distinguish and apply assessment techniques to some specific examples, e.g. children with ADHD, adolescent girls with separation problems, and others).
*May be used toward completion of the Child Development and Clinical Issues Program. The course is addressed at the common therapeutic practice gap in developmentally appropriate and “family sensitive” assessment of children in their families.