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Therapeutic Action and Progress in an Analysis: A Child Struggles with Death, Life and Change

Presenter: Charles E. Parks, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Child and Adolescent Supervisor
Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis
Laurel, MD

Discussant: Meryl Berlin, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, May 21, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need: There is growing recognition through participation in discussion groups, site visits to various psychoanalytic institutes, on-line symposia, and discussion with colleagues, that the opportunities for practicing child psychoanalysts, as well as child psychoanalytic candidates and psychotherapists, to carefully study ongoing child analytic treatments have become increasingly limited. These limited opportunities create a gap in which mental health professionals do not have adequate exposure to detailed, clinical process material from child treatments.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways in which earlier traumatic experiences become organized in a child’s mind and affect later modes of thought, feeling, and action.
  • Identify interventions which helped deepen the relationship between the patient and analyst.
  • Describe how the exploration of this deepening relationship contributed to the therapeutic gains made by this patient.

About the presenter: Dr. Parks is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Child and Adolescent Supervisor at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. His paper will examine how a young boy's treatment enabled him to manage multiple losses, transforming somatic symptoms and disavowal into more productive play and fantasy. Several core questions in child analysis will be discussed, including the nature of therapeutic action, the role of insight and the child's use of his relationship with the analyst as an agent of change.