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“Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Conflict with Today’s Children”


Alexandra Harrison, MD

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Date:  Monday, February 19, 2018 – Presidents’ Day

Location:  Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

Time:  8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (on-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Cost: $65  (Non refundable)  6.5 Credit Hours

This course has been approved for clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry. To receive these clock hours, you must include your MOPD ID number when registering.

Harrison, Alexandra 2017A full day devoted to child development, with facilitator Alexandra Harrison, MD presenting

Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Conflict with Today’s Children

Today’s children are confronted with an over-stimulating, polarizing, and sometimes violent, world.  Caregivers of young children – parents, teachers, or psychotherapists – struggle to help them become “socialized”, without crushing their individuality and agency. In their landmark book, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Fisher et al lay out six negotiation skills that can help adults in conflict reach an agreement. These foundational skills can also be useful to child caregivers in their efforts to help the confused, frustrated, and aggressive child. Alexandra Harrison, a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been consulting to child caregivers for decades, sees a change in the challenges facing parents, teachers, and therapists. Drawing insights from Fisher’s book, she suggests guidelines for finding one’s way through the trials of parental multitasking, screen time, and cultural disorganization.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name six negotiation skills that can help child caregivers resolve conflict with the children in their care.
  2. Name at least three methods of managing strong emotions while dealing with a challenging child.
  3. Describe how to express appropriate appreciation to a child.
  4. Explain why children may become aggressive in attempts to resolve a conflict with a caregiver.
  5. Describe a “struggle pattern” and how it can be avoided.
  6. Explain how to give a child the recognition he needs to support a healthy sense of self.

Alexandra Murray Harrison, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and on the Faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Harrison has a private practice in both adult and child psychoanalysis and psychiatry. In the context of visits to orphanages in Central America and India, Dr. Harrison has developed a model for mental health professionals in developed countries to volunteer their consultation services to caregivers of children in care in developing countries in the context of a long term relationship with episodic visits and regular skype and video contact.

Questions?  Contact Cathy Krane, or 314-446-3043

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