2017 - 2018 Child Colloquium Series

Sarah Stadler, MD, Chair
Jacqueline Ward, PhD, Co-Chair
David Frankel, PhD, Courtney Hartman, PsyD, Tam-Anh Pham, LMFT,
​Catherine Phillips, LCSW, Yen Quoc, PsyD and Jesse Little Shapiro, LMFT, Committee Members

2017 - 2018 Child Colloquium Series Cover Image
©Jane Wattenberg 2017


While the clinical encounter itself can be profoundly intimate and isolating, work with children always requires at a minimum working with parents, and often involves work with other clinicians.  This year's series offers a number of presentations which explore this.

These events are offered free of charge through the generous support of SFCP and the Sophia Mirviss Fund. Continuing Education Credit is available for a fee paid to SFCP to cover administration costs.

The Child Analytic 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 we attempted to focus the series around the topic of collaboration although the event selection also reflects what we had timely opportunities to present.  We hope you will attend several events and become part of the ongoing discussion, contributing to enriching clinical work and theoretical understanding.

Program Title: Substance Abuse in an Adolescent Boy: Waking the Object
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenter: Mary Brady, PhD
Discussant: Holly Gordon, DMH
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 →

Dr. Brady will discuss escalating substance abuse in some adolescents as an effort to awaken an ill or dead object.  She will discuss clinical material from the analysis of an adolescent boy identified with a psychically ill/dead mother and a neglectful father.  Adolescent acting out is considered here as an unconscious effort to rouse the object to life in order to create/cure parents.  Dr. Brady will describe aspects of containment (confrontation/interpretation/limit setting/ancillary care) that can be necessary when an adolescent's substance abuse becomes life threatening.

About the Presenter:

Mary Brady, PhD, is an adult and child psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco.  She is on the faculty at SFCP. Her book, The Body in Adolescence:Psychic Isolation and Physical Symptoms, was published by Routledge in 2016.  In the book she discusses the experience of psychic isolation as a painful element of adolescent development.  She links the experience of psychic isolation, along with other factors, to physical expressions which emerge during this period, including eating disorders, cutting, substance abuse and suicide attempts.  Her new book, Analytic Engagements with Adolescents: Hot Topics, will be published by Routledge in 2018.

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