Child Colloquium Series: Cutting the Silence: Impulsive Self-Cutting in Adolescence

Child Colloquium Series 2013 - 2014

Myrna Frankel, L.C.S.W. and Kenneth Roberson, Ph.D., Co-Chairs
Harold Bronstein, M.D., Shahla Chehrazi, M.D., Sharon Karp-Lewis, Psy.D., L.C.S.W. and Sarah Stadler, M.D., Committee Members

The Child Analytic Program of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis welcomes you to a series of presentations representing the remarkable scope of child psychoanalysis today. These discussions will offer us an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the mind and of human development seen through the lens of clinical experience with children and adolescents. We also will examine the use of film portraying the thinking processes of children.

Title: Cutting the Silence: Impulsive Self-Cutting in Adolescence
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenters: Mary Brady, Ph.D. and Dawn Smith, Ph.D.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: Free


Drs. Mary Brady and Dawn Smith will discuss early, impulsive adolescent cutting before it becomes entrenched and ritualized. Dr. Brady suggests cutting has the potential for explosive feelings in the analyst that can be elaborated and interpreted as symbolic of the adolescents’ emotional state.

Dr. Smith will present her uncomfortable, difficult work with an often non-verbal adolescent girl. Not atypically, non-verbal com-munication is doing the talking while these youngsters seem to reject verbal communication.

Mary Brady, Ph.D.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst Graduate and Faculty of SFCP, Private Practice, San Francisco.

Dawn Smith, Ph.D.
Private Practice, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Consultant, Home Within, Supervisor, BARRT Methadone Clinic

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