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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

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
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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.

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