The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is pleased to present

The Oppositional Child

Presenter:  Leon Hoffman, MD

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Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Drury Inn & Suites, 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.

Objectives: After attending participants will recognize that:

1.   All behavior has meaning
2.   Disruptive behaviors serve as defenses against painful emotions
3.   Understanding the meaning of child’s behavior will allow the adult to approach the child more effectively

Leon Hoffman is the Director of the Pacella Parent Child Center in New York City. He has long experience working with parents and their young children and in supervising professionals who work with parents and children.  He is the co-director of the Pacella Research Center at NYPSI, serves as Chief Psychiatrist at the West End Day School in New York City and is an Assistant Lecturer at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  He has published widely concerning work with children and families. He is senior author of Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach published by Routledge in 2016.


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