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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Language and Other Communications
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: The Beaver and the Bunny: Struggles of the Selectively Mute Child
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenter: Rebecca Schwartz, PhD
Discussant: Christina Lapides, LCSW
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available for $20

This paper shows how play, through the lens of a psychoanalytic approach, helped three children of different ages, be less burdened by their selective mutism. Other characteristics such as severe constriction and inhibition that go hand-in-hand with this diagnosis also become less debilitating. Use of a beaver/bunny metaphor, generated by illustrations done by selectively mute children, help expand our understanding of what the selectively mute child experiences under the grip of this severe social anxiety disorder.

Rebecca Schwartz, PhD is a clinical psychologist and an adult, adolescent and child psychoanalyst. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and co-chairs the SFCP Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and children for over 20 years and has a private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco.


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • develop an increased understanding of how speech is just one aspect of the selectively mute child’s functioning that is inhibited.
  • gain a working awareness of how a psychoanalytic approach that emphasizes the role of family dynamics can help selectively mute children.
  • develop a greater appreciation for some of the challenges of working with selectively mute children.

California Medical Association LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is an entity recognized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 02677) on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: All moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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