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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Arrogance as a Prominent Trait in Children and Adolescents

Ann G. Smolen, Ph.D.
Helen Meyers Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar Award 2016-2017
Training and Supervising Analyst in child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Discussant: Lorrie Chopra, M.S.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:
Dr. Smolen has won several national awards for her clinical work, which she has presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Smolen has published several articles including “Boys Only! No Mothers Allowed,” published in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and translated into three languages. Dr. Smolen is the author of Mothering Without a Home: Representations of Attachment Behaviors in Homeless Mothers and Children (Aronson, 2013), and Six Children: The Spectrum of Child Psychopathology and Its Treatment (Karnac, 2015). She maintains a private practice in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Ardmore, PA.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It has not been widely discussed that arrogance as a presenting problem is not common in children and adolescents. Dr. Smolen will discuss her work with several cases where these dynamics were present. She will describe how, in each case, the parents’ lack of emotional availability for and attunement to their child contributed greatly to the development of this symptom. In addition, she will discuss the challenge of dealing with one’s own counter transference reactions to these young patients.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize that arrogance in children and adolescents is a defense against overwhelming affect, which results from the emotional unavailability of parents.
2. Identify that professionals who work with arrogant children and adolescents need to learn to tolerate their own negative feelings for these children in order to help them.


Please contact Monica Simmons at 248-851-3380 for more information.


PENDING CME APPROVAL: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society. 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 2 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.
PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society.