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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Spontaneity and Restraint in Child Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Martin Silverman, M.D. (Maplewood, NJ)

Discussant: Don Spivak, M.D., Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

2-4 pm
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need: Child analysts and therapists necessarily participate actively, fully, and creatively in unfolding drama, while maintaining perspective, self-control, and an analytic stance. A remarkable analytic adventure is described, in which the analyst managed to gain entry into the private world manufactured by a young child, after intolerable traumatic experience, and functioned within it in a way that permitted exploration of the patient’s phantasmagoric inner world. This paper demonstrates the use of play to engage the child, leading to talking about his trauma, leading to a successful clinical outcome.

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe core principles of child analytic technique
2. Discuss the challenges facing a child analyst who needs to gain entry into and work within a child’s manufactured, private world.
3. Characterize the way in which young children cope with very early, traumatic experience.

About the presenter: Dr. Silverman is Training and Supervising Analyst and Supervising Child Analyst, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with New York University School of Medicine. Widely published, he has served on editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Books and Psychoanalytic Quarterly.