“Persephone Trumps Oedipus”: Reworking the Theory of Girls’ Development (Joint MPI/CDCIP Course)
Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.
Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm
Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2011
7.5 CME/CE credit hours
This course will explore contemporary psychoanalytic views of female development, with particular reference to the emotional tasks and challenges of adolescence. Topics will include: the bodily and physiological changes of puberty, emerging sexuality, female identity, first loves, psychic separation from parents, and relationships with peers. Participants will be encouraged to bring in clinical material of adolescent girls in order to further the discussions.
Goals and objectives:
1. List the major psychological tasks of adolescence.
2. Discuss recent psychoanalytic theories of female sexuality that relate to adolescence.
3. Discuss physical, psychological and social influences on the formation of female identity.
4. Apply contemporary theories of female adolescence to clinical cases.
*May be used toward completion of the Child Development and Clinical Issues Program.