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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

A Two-Systems Engagement With the Centrality of Adolescence

Jack Novick, Ph.D.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society

Kerry Kelly Novick
Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, September 21, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills Practice

Gap/Need and Course Description: Adolescence is still perceived as a stepchild in analytic theory and adolescents are often considered unanalyzable. This negative view persists within our field and in the culture in general, where adolescence itself is described as a “developmental disturbance.” Jack and Kerry Novick use their dual-track model of two systems of self-regulation, the “closed,” sadomasochistic omnipotent system and the “open,” competent, loving and reality-attuned system, to suggest that adolescence is a nodal point in development, a crucial determinant of adult pathology or health. The two-system model offers an opportunity to generate an expanded repertoire of psychoanalytic techniques to make analysis a strengths-based learning experience.

At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:
1) differentiate closed- and open-system aspects of adolescent functioning;
2) use an expanded repertoire of psychoanalytic techniques to address both strengths and vulnerabilities;
3) apply the ideas presented to structuring treatments of adolescents and other types of programs for young people.

About the presenters: Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic institutes around the country. They are both Training and Supervising Analysts of the International Psychoanalytic Association. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England, and, in addition to their clinical work, have been active in teaching, research, professional organizations, and the community. Both Jack and Kerry have served as Chairs of the Child/Adolescent Analysis Committee at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Kerry is a Councilor-at-Large at the American Psychoanalytic Association, and she is a past president of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis. Jack was recently elected a North American Representative to the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively since the 1960’s, with many articles published in major professional journals. Their four books are used in many psychoanalytic, social work and residency trainings, and have been translated into several languages.