WSPP – Conversations with a Child Therapist: Enriching Our Work with Adult Patients

The Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents ‘Conversations with a Child Therapist: Enriching Our Work with Adult Patients’

Friday April 11, 2014  11:30am – 2:30pm

Presenter: Marc Nemiroff, PhD

Anna Freud once remarked that a clinician cannot successfully treat an adult patient without understanding work with children. Daniel Stern has more recently taken his groundbreaking filmed work with mothers and newborns and applied it to adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. When we sit with our adult patients, we are buffeted by transferences and re-enactments of their early childhood experience. In other words, we are often not talking to the adult patient’s mature sense of the world and of other people, but rather to their child-based sense of people, places, and things. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us when we see adults, to understand and use our knowledge of child development throughout its various stages and the ways that normal and pathological childhood developments are expressed in our adult patients. In this workshop, we will explore these issues and learn how to understand the adult patient from this perspective. Extensive case material will be presented and there will be ample time for discussion.

Presenter: Dr. Marc Nemiroff earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University in 1975. He is affiliated with the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and on the faculty at The Washington School for Psychiatry in its Developmental Psychotherapy Seminar Program. He is a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and former clinical faculty at George Washington University’s Doctor of Psychology Program. He is the author of eight therapeutic books for children, published by the American Psychological Association, and co-author of a text for clinicians, “Kids’ Club Letters: Narrative Tools for Stimulating Process and Dialogue in Therapy Groups for Children and Adolescents.” Dr. Nemiroff has dedicated one month a year pro bono for the past nine years (2005-2013) working with slum families, street children, and others, in Bombay and a nearby tribal village. He has worked with children for over 38 years and served as spokesperson for the American Psychological Association to the media during the Gulf War on topics relating to the effects of televised real violence on children. He is also the recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill’s Wayne Fenton Award for his mental health service. Dr. Nemiroff maintains a private practice in Potomac, Maryland.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form.  Registration forms are available at http://wspp-dc.org/images/Registration2013-2014.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2013-2014 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org

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The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.

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About WSPP

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.