How Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Treatment Informs Adult Work: The “Forward Edge” Approach
Mark Smaller, Ph.D.
Adult, Child, and Adolescent Analyst Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Institute for Clinical Work
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Dr. Smaller will offer clinicians an opportunity to hear a self-psychologist at work when he discusses Marion Tolpin’s “forward edge” approach to working with adolescent and adult patients, and he will show how Project Realize, a psychoanalytic in-school treatment and research project, has successfully used this approach to promote growth and development with severely troubled high school students. He will use clinical examples from his psychoanalytic practice to further illustrate these ideas.
Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the “forward edge” approach formulated by Marion Tolpin that has become a foundational aspect of psychoanalytic self-psychology and understand how it is effective in psychoanalytic work with adolescents and adults.
2. Describe how the "forward edge" approach can be utilized by therapists, teachers, and staff in community settings.
About the presenter: Dr. Smaller is President-Elect, The American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the Founding Executive Director of Project Realize, an in-school high school treatment, training and research program at Morton Alternative School in Cicero, Illinois and a recipient of the 2008 American Psychoanalytic Association Distinguished Service Award. He maintains a private practice in Chicago and in Douglas/Saugatuck, MI.