Course Title: Child Psychotherapy: A Relational and Developmental Perspective (12 CE credits)
Instructor: Diane Selinger, PhD
Meeting dates (2020): January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22
Meeting time: Saturdays 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 5225 Old Orchard Road, Skokie
This clinically-based class will provide an integrative approach to psychoanalytically-informed child therapy. Participants will explore the key processes of affect regulation and sensory integration, as well as the foundational aspects of language development. These topics will be integrated with discussions of the therapist’s internal experience and the meanings of the child’s play.
This class will help participants understand and work at multiple levels: regulation, engagement, reciprocal interaction, as well as representational and symbolic play. How play facilitates communication and growth, as well as how to form relationships with parents and include them in treatment, will be discussed throughout the course.
The class format will include lecture and discussion, and many clinical examples will be provided. Participants are welcome to share their own clinical material during discussions. Relevant readings will also be considered.
Diane Selinger, PhD is Visiting Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP). She is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her psychoanalytic training at the National Training Program of the National Institute of the Psychotherapies.Dr. Selinger is a mental health consultant at Beth Osten and Associates, a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic, and at Soaring Eagle Academy, a DIR® (Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based) school for children with neurodevelopment disorders, and was instrumental in integrating mental health into both programs. She is faculty at Profectum Academy and was faculty at its DIR Institute predecessor. Diane has taught, presented at conferences, produced webcasts, and published papers related to therapy with children and their parents. These span diverse topics, including autism and gender.