2019 - 2020 Child Colloquium Series

Sarah Stadler, MD, Chair
Jacqueline Ward, PhD, Co-Chair
David Frankel, PhD, Courtney Hartman, PsyD, Tam-Anh Pham, LMFT, and Yen Quoc, PsyD, Committee Members

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The Child Psychoanalytic Program of SFCP welcomes you to a series of presentations demonstrating the scope of intensive work with children. These events offer an opportunity to hear a range of theoretical perspectives and clinical approaches. This year the series focuses on trauma recovery and the important role of the caregiver’s ability to attend to children's deep anxieties and their defenses. We hope you will attend several events and become part of the ongoing discussion, contributing to enriching clinical work and theoretical understanding.

Program Title: Deep Change:
the Effectiveness of Long Term Psychotherapy with Foster Kids
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenters: Mary Haake, PhD; Lauren Phillips, PhD and Niko Whitmire, PsyD
Moderator: L. Eileen Keller, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
To Register: Click here to register for this program →

Three clinicians from A Home Within will present their long term psychotherapy cases, including two children and one young adult, demonstrating the power of the healing relationship. Continuity, predictability, reliability and a calm, containing therapist activate and structure a secure attachment, resulting in psychic growth, despite on-going traumatic circumstances and the anti-attachment defensive structures that are inevitable in those who have suffered repeated losses and fractured trust.

Dr. Keller will introduce the presenters and follow their presentations with a brief discussion focusing on the agents of psychological growth. There will be ample time for audience discussion.

A Home Within (https://www.ahomewithin.org/) provides psychotherapy for foster kids: One child, one therapist, as long as it takes.

The Child Colloquium Series are offered free of charge through a generous support of the SFCP and the Sophia Mirviss Fund.