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For Anyone Who Works with Children…

A Community Lecture

a_harrison_bioThe ABCs of Play Therapy

Alexandra Harrison, MD

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center  975 N Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

Fee: $25 per person   (non-refundable)    1.5 Credit Hours

This course has been approved for 1.5 clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry. To receive these clock hours, you must include your MOPD ID number when registering. Note: Training Certificates for foster parents will be available.

Play.  Sounds like a simple concept – but play serves as a critical way for children to recreate and rework their internal worlds including their conflicts, fantasies, and difficult emotions. It also communicates the child’s perceptions about self and others. As Donald Winnicott pointed out, play is a necessary contribution to normal development.

Is this lecture for me?

Yes!  This lecture is for anyone who works with children – therapists, early childhood educators, social workers, agency professionals, foster parents and more.  The ABCs of Play Therapy will provide an enlightening view into this important medium for building an alliance and for engaging the child.  In this lecture, Dr. Harrison, a leader in the study and application of play therapy, will illustrate through video clips how she reaches her young patients and enables them to better self-regulation – a critical skill necessary for reliable emotional well being for the child and the adult he/she will become.

And for therapists who work with children, you already know that play provides an important medium for building a therapeutic alliance and for engaging the child.  Dr. Harrison will show how to make an initial connection with the child through supporting the child’s agency, the use of the body in communication between child and therapist, and the role of the therapist in engaging the caregiving environment.  Another topic of interest will be the effective role for the child therapist in relation to the parents of the child patient.

Please join us as we explore the power of child’s play.



April 2017

Homophobia and Its Consequences: 

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Gay Male Development & Experience

Gary Grossman, PhD

This workshop focuses on the experiences of boys who grow up to be gay.  Drawing on work with adult gay men and adolescents in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, the psychological consequences of empathic failures, rejections, and micro aggressions during early childhood, especially the Oedipal stage, will be addressed.  Links between these early disruptions and internalized homophobia in adolescence and adulthood will be highlighted.  The unique challenges faced by gay adolescents in a society that does not fully recognize them will also be discussed.  Video clips from television and film will be used to illustrate common experiences of gay youth, adolescents, and adults including experiences of shame, self-hatred, self-realization, coming out and romance.  Clinical examples will be used to demonstrate the relevance of these developmental theories to psychotherapy.

Dates:  NEW DATE:  SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017  from  Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A   8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $75     3.5 Credit Hours


On Containment

Peter Ruderman, MSW, LCSW

We often think of containers and containment in a concrete fashion without fully understanding what it really is, how it operates, and what happens when it fails. This course will explore these areas with the hope of providing some substance to the concept of containment. The instructor will provide clinical examples and those taking the course will also be asked to offer clinical examples.

Dates:  Tuesdays, April 18, 25, May 2, 2017

Time: 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A   8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $90    4.5 Credit Hours

Winter 2018

Windows into the Therapy Process

Stuart Ozar, MD, and Melissa Scolaro, MA, MSW

For clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a “window” into the process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual clinical material.  Each class will begin with a brief theoretical description of a core clinical concept, followed by the presentation and discussion of material from a long-term psychotherapy process.  We welcome lively discussion, dialogue and debate.

We encourage therapists working from within other theoretical frameworks to take this class. Some knowledge of psychodynamic theory and practice is helpful but not required.

Dates:  TBA – Early 2018

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $250 (book fee included)      14 Credit Hours