Child Programs

Two Child Logo for Adoption and Old CDPOne of the goals of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is to provide professionals working with children the training they need to support the social and emotional health of the children in their care.  How do you know what is “normal” behavior and what requires attention?  And how do you address the issues?  How do you recognize the social and emotional stages of a child’s development?  The Institute hopes to provide answers to the dedicated teachers, early childhood educators, social workers, and counselors who work with and care for children every day — AND, through programs featuring experts in the field — provide the tools they need to promote happy, healthy, vibrant children.

 

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Our upcoming programs include:

CONTINUING EDUCATION/COMMUNITY EDUCATION

The Oppositional Child

Presenter:  Leon Hoffman, MD

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Drury Inn & Suites, Hawthorn Room, 8700 Eager Road, Brentwood, MO 63144

Fee: $30 per person   (non-refundable)

 This program, when attended in its entirety,  is offered for 2.0 Credit Hours

Attention Early Childhood Educators: This course has been approved for 2.0 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.

All behavior is meaningful—even if that meaning is not readily apparent. When a child opposes authority, adults may automatically react to the child’s behavior with their own counter-behavior. Not surprisingly, the result is often an adversarial power struggle. Unaddressed, these behaviors in children may become life-long habits of response, resulting in feelings of guilt, shame, hurt, and/or worry.

This lecture will offer a new approach for dealing with and diffusing these situations, called Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C). Using this technique, adults learn to recognize disruptive behavior as a child’s effort to protect themselves from painful emotions. RFP-C is an approach that can be useful to parents, teachers, counselors, therapists, and other adults who work with children.

A Deeper Look at Leon Hoffman’s Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy

Instructor:  Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

Dates: Tuesdays, October 16, 23, 2018

Time:  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: At the Institute,  8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Fee: $20

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 3.0 Credit Hours

This course will serve to introduce Dr. Hoffman’s material on Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy. It will also provide a post-presentation recap of the main points of Dr. Hoffman’s presentation, “The Oppositional Child,” on October 18 and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion.

The Whole Brain Approach: No-Drama Discipline and Nurturing Children

Instructor:  Tina Dale, MSW

Dates: Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 2018

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Course Level:  Introductory

Fee: $100 (includes copy of No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind)

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Credit Hours

Attention Early Childhood Educators: 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.

This series will focus on the book No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, authored by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.  These experts explain the latest neuroscience breakthroughs, making them understandable and accessible to all readers.  They provide clear explanations of a child’s developing brain—how it develops over the short term and how it develops over the long term.

Encouraging children to cooperate begins with establishing a connection with them, validating their feelings, empathizing with them, and helping them to mindfully repair ruptures in their relationships on a daily basis.  Solid evidence shows, teaching children self regulation, begins with an already self-contained adult, attuned to the mind of a young child.

Collectively utilizing the latest scientific information and terming it “The Whole Brain Approach,” the authors explain the science behind ways to create calm, no-drama disciplinary environments.  Parents, teachers, care givers, and professionals working with parents and/or children, will find this material helpful in fostering nurturing relationships with children and those that care for children.

Zero to Six:
Understanding the Inner World of Young Children from Infancy through Kindergarten

Course Master: Edmund Sprunger, MSW
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2018   7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee:  $195   9.0 Credit Hours
This course explores the powerful emotions behind behaviors. The practical and useful classes feature topics such as the developmental accomplishments during the early years of life, and the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play during these years. Additional topics include understanding traumatic issues in the life of a child–such as divorce, loss of a parent, and loss of a sibling. We will also explore the consequences of untreated anxiety as well as the inner experiences of children who are adopted or in foster care. A particular focus of the course will be applying an understanding of childhood development to the participants’ work experiences.

Attention Early Childhood Educators: 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.

 

Child Development Conference 2019“Reflect to Connect: A Relationship Approach to Promoting Healthy Child Development”

with Regina Pally, MD

Date:  Monday, February 18, 2019 – ALL DAY 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 check-in 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.

This presentation offers a new way of thinking about raising children, called Reflective Parenting. The ideas of Reflective Parenting will be useful to anyone involved in the care of children or their families—including parents or other primary caretakers, clinicians and daycare staff.

Reflective Parenting emphasizes a shift in mindset, focusing less on what parents should do and more on how they should relate with their children. Reflective Parenting’s relationship focused approach is grounded in the most up to date findings in psychoanalysis, child development, and neuroscience. These findings point to the fact that a child with a strong parent-child relationship is more likely to do well in the long run of life: emotionally, socially, academically, and even physically.

Dr. Pally will discuss (1) What a strong relationship contains and how it gives a child all the nutrients and skills they need to learn, to be resilient, and to be as successful as possible. (2) What Reflective Parenting means and how the capacity of a parent to be reflective is the most important tool in the Reflective Parenting Took Kit for building and maintaining a strong parent-child relationship.

Additional Reflective Parenting Tools include accepting that ‘there is no one right way’ to parent, tolerating uncertainty and not knowing, balancing empathy with limit setting, being flexible and open minded, and adjusting one’s approach to best fit the needs of the child.

 

 

IN-DEPTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

For a deeper understanding and course of study, the Institute offers Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis.  When normal development is impaired or distorted by conflict, trauma or developmental impasse, the aim of treatment is the resolution of such impediments, as well as the increased awareness in the child of the meaning of the unconscious processes. As a result of psychoanalytic treatment the child’s strength increases, psychological structures are altered, adaptive capacities are restored and normal development resumes.