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
Discussant: L. Eileen Keller, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE credits available for $ 24.00 (non-SFCP members) or $ 20.00 (SFCP members)

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.


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • describe how attachment patterns are transmitted through the generations.
  • identify the various ways the parents’ childhood trauma effects their own ability to parent a child.
  • explain how the cultural context influences and shapes the therapist-patient conscious and unconscious dialogue.

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 recongized 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: 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: Sarah Stadler, MD, Jacqueline Ward, PhD, David Frankel, PhD, Courtney Hartman, PsyD, Tam-Anh Pham, LMFT, Catherine Phillips, LCSW, Yen Quoc, PsyD, Jesse Little Shapiro, LMFT, Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD and L. Eileen Keller, PhD. 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.