Child Colloquium Series: The Beaver and the Bunny: Struggles of the Selectively Mute Child - Presenter: Rebecca Schwartz, PhD | Discussant: Christina Lapides, LCSW
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
Beyond the Consulting Room:
The Utility of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Novel Settings
This year's series offers a number of presentations which explore innovative applications of psychoanalytic ideas in work with children. These events are offered free of charge through the generous support of SFCP and the Sophia Mirviss Fund.
|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
|To Register:||Click here to register for the program →|
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.