The Use of Play in Psychodynamic Work with Children Under Five

Friday, October 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm (2CE/CME

$30 General Admission (No CE) $45 w/ 2 CE

& Saturday, October 20th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (6 CE/CME

$45 General Admission (includes boxed lunch) $100 w/ 6 CE

Both days $60/ No CE $120 8 CE

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The Psychoanalytic Center (PPC) is delighted to present a Friday
evening lecture and Saturday workshop featuring Drs. Alexandra Harrison and Susan Sherkow, two prominent Analysts who are also accomplished researchers and teachers. They will present their
fascinating work with young children through the use of frame by frame analysis of videotaped play sessions. Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will illustrate their work with emotionally disturbed
youngsters, including those with ADD/ADHA and on the Autism spectrum. Their presentation offers vivid examples of the meaning-making that is possible when adult and child are empathically

Microanalysis of the videotapes, taken by Drs. Harrison and Sherkow in
therapy sessions over time, clearly demonstrates the importance of reviewing what is often overlooked or forgotten in moments of intense interaction. Capturing the minute details of nonverbal and
verbal communication can enhance understanding of the deeper layers of meaning and their associated connections. Observing the vocalizations, gestures, glances, body movements and affect-laden play
interactions on tape, the fragments of communications that are ordinarily missed can help therapists to understand how to enhance the deepening of attunement between individuals.

Viewing the videotapes also demonstrates what may disrupt the process,
making repair more difficult and clinical interaction less effective. Moments of understanding and synchrony are created by capturing the child's signals, which can facilitate attachment. These
videotapes clearly illustrate how crucial it is to be attuned to the other's emotions, while attempting to match those feelings in timing and intensity. When the child's experience is communicated
accurately, true interactional sharing is possible, leading to understanding and change. This kind of interaction can be utilized in schools and homes, as well as in the treatment room with positive

Although Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will demonstrate work with children,
the clinical skills they discuss apply to those who work with all ages. Empathic connection with another that can lead to emotional regulation and control is a skill that therapists, teachers and
parents can learn, replicating the hoped-for good mother/good child interaction that leads to healthy emotional and physical well-being.


Special thanks to Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health for support of our program!


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  • Sheila Ten E.

    Will I be able to sign up for Sat. on Fri. night?

    October 18, 2012

    • Maya A.

      Yes. It will be great to have you join us.

      October 18, 2012

  • Maya A.

    This is a two day event. See details about the pricing and continuing education available.

    September 20, 2012

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