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For Educators and Professionals working with Children & Adolescents

Unspoken Traumas
William D. Kenner, MD
Thursdays, April 3, 10, 2014
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Institute Classroom A
Fee:  $75
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Intimate partner violence is prevalent in today’s society across all spectrums of race, education and income.  Often, therapists struggle to identify and work therapeutically with intimate partner violence in victims and their children.  This course will address society’s tendency to ignore IPV and how that affects families.  Other hidden traumas of childhood -- such as medical interventions, the loss of a grandparent or beloved babysitter, and parental absences at crucial developmental moments, all of which can have a profound effect on children -- will be identified and described.

A Ghost at the Table
 Part III -- Beyond the Symptom:  When Adolescents Present with Eating Disorders
Linda Gibson, MD
Tuesdays, April 15, 22, 29, 2014
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Institute Classroom A
4.5 CME/CE
Fee: $120
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This series is designed to address the needs of experienced therapists working with individuals exhibiting 'disordered eating', especially anorexia nervosa.  One therapist has characterized the relationship between his anorexic patient and her mother as "a state of slavery marked by transient rebellion." In many ways that description captures not only the external relationship with the parent(s), but the relationship within the adolescent vis-à-vis her tyrannous appetites.  We will explore diagnostic and treatment approaches paying attention to both intrapsychic and interpersonal perspectives.  Note:  Parts I & II are not prerequisites for this course.

S O L D   O U T !
A Child's Brain:
How Experience Defines Neurodevelopment and the Implications for Treatment and Understanding
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD


    Group Supervision for Educators and Professionals Working with Children

    Supervisor schedules are still being formulated. Check back to this site frequently for updates, or contact Cathy Krane at or 314-446-3043.

Windows into the Therapy Process
Stuart Ozar, MD, and Melissa Scolaro, MA, MSW

    Wednesdays January-March 2015
    7:15-9:15 p.m.
    Institute Classroom A
    CME/CE: 14 Credit Hours
    Fee: $225 (book fee included)

    Registration available next Fall

    For clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a "window" into the process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual clinical material.  Each class will begin with a brief theoretical discussion of a core clinical concept, followed by the presentation and discussion of material from a long-term psychotherapy process. 

    We welcome lively discussion, dialogue and debate. While we encourage therapists working from within other theoretical frameworks to take this class, we do expect participants to have some knowledge of psychodynamic theory and practice.

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Identify characteristic aspects of clinical material.
    2. Clarify the relationship of theory to clinical practice.
    3. Describe various phases of treatment.
    4. Describe the experience and use of transference and countertransference.
    5. Define the concepts of conflict and compromise formation.
    6. Describe multiple models of psychological functioning.
    7. Describe the spectrum of psychodynamic treatments.
    8. Begin to assess suitability for psychodynamic treatments.
    9. Describe various types of defensive operations.
    10. Describe the emotional challenges experienced by psychotherapists.
    11. Describe the reasons why a therapist's personal therapy is important.
    12. Describe what is meant by the concept of psychotherapeutic frame.

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