Child Colloquium Series: Now I Am A Real Kid: A Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Young Autistic Boy

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Child Colloquium Series 2013 - 2014

Myrna Frankel, L.C.S.W. and Kenneth Roberson, Ph.D., Co-Chairs
Harold Bronstein, M.D., Shahla Chehrazi, M.D., Sharon Karp-Lewis, Psy.D., L.C.S.W. and Sarah Stadler, M.D., Committee Members

The Child Analytic Program of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis welcomes you to a series of presentations representing the remarkable scope of child psychoanalysis today. These discussions will offer us an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the mind and of human development seen through the lens of clinical experience with children and adolescents. We also will examine the use of film portraying the thinking processes of children.

Title: Now I Am A Real Kid: A Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Young Autistic Boy
(film screening and conversation)
(Co-sponsored by the Child Development Program and the Child Colloquium Series)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Presenter: David Rosenfeld, MD
Introduction by: Myrna Frankel, LCSW
Moderator: Era A. Loewenstein, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: This program is free of charge
Coffee and Refreshments during the break.
CME/CE: 2.5 CME/CE Credits available for $ 30.00 or $ 25.00


In this presentation we will view the documentary film: "Now I am a Real Kid.” The film documents David Rosenfeld’s treatment of Benjamin, a young boy with a diagnosis of autism. The film makes it possible to witness the unfolding treatment of Benjamin. It enables us to observe what “Dr. David” actually did and what he said to his young patient. The film documents the steps by which Benjamin moved from being a child without language in a state of perpetual panic-stricken screaming and flailing about to recovering and becoming a “real kid,” a child capable of forming friendships and doing well at an ordinary school setting. Witnessing this transformation is a profoundly moving experience.

David Rosenfeld, MD is a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Society. He is a Consultant Professor at Buenos Aires University, Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry. He formerly served as President of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Dr. Rosenfeld is known internationally for his work with psychotic and addicted patients. He received the Mary S. Sigourney prize for his contributions to psychoanalysis. He is the author of numerous books and articles among them: The Creation of the Self and Language: Primitive Sensory Relations and the Child with the Outside World (Karnac, 2012) The Soul, the Mind, and the Psychoanalyst (Karnac, 2006).

This workshop is funded in part by a generous grant from The Sophia Mirviss Memorial Fund.


Child Colloquia Committee
Myrna Frankel, LCSW & Kenneth Roberson, PhD Co-Chairs
Harold Bornstein, MD
Shahla Chehrazi, MD
Sharon Karp-Lewis, PsyD, LCSW
Sarah Stadler, MD
Child Development Program
Era A. Loewenstein, PhD & Gregory Villalba, LCSW Co-Chairs
Carolina Bacchi, PhD
Juli Fraga, PsyD
Ilene Pollack, BS
Rebecca Schwartz, PhD
Katya Woodmansee, PhD
Patricia Zilahi, MFT


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  1. explain Rosenfeld's concept of autistic encapsulation.
  2. describe the relationship between autistic encapsulation and trauma.
  3. provide three goals of treatment for autistic children.


CE 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 2.5 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 a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 2.5 CE credits on an hour for hour basis.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements and are now able to directly submit their verification letters at the end of each renewal cycle using the MCEP credit reporting form that can be found on the internet at:

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 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: The following 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: Myrna Frankel, LCSW, Kenneth Roberson, PhD, Harold Bornstein, MD, Shahla Chehrazi, MD, Sharon Karp-Lewis, PsyD, LCSW, Sarah Stadler, MD, Era A. Loewenstein, PhD, Gregory Villalba, LCSW, Carolina Bacchi, PhD, Juli Fraga, PsyD, Ilene Pollack, BS, Rebecca Schwartz, PhD, Katya Woodmansee, PhD, Patricia Zilahi, MFT and David Rosenfeld, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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