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: The Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Patterns Within a Cultural Context in Child Treatment
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenter: Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD
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 →

This paper will explore the intergenerational transmission of attachment patterns from parent to child and the cultural context surrounding these patterns. Using an Interpersonal-Relational theoretical perspective, an extended treatment with a pre-adolescent boy will be presented that illustrates the various permutations of attachment patterns between parent and child, their manifestation in the transference and countertransference, and the therapist’s attempt to create psychic space for symbolic communication and the processing of disorganized affective experience.

About the Presenter:

Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD, is on the Faculty and a Supervising & Training Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Consultant in the  New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Faculty & Supervisor at the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, & the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; an Associate Editor of both Psychoanalytic Dialogues & the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Currently he is completing an edited book with Andrew Harlem on Development & Therapeutic Action.

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