Brunch Series - Topics in Applied Psychoanalysis: How to Approach Custody Evaluations from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

  • 17 May 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Philadelphia
  • 38


  • Brunches are free for all active PSPP Members.

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Topics in Applied Psychoanalysis: How to Approach Custody Evaluations from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Diana S. Rosenstein, Ph.D.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Center City)

Though parents who choose to end their relationship with one another often have serious difficulties communicating and cooperating with one another, why are they often unable to set aside their individual concerns and focus on the needs of their children? How do we understand this lack of basic parental functioning on the part of parents in high conflict custody battles?

This presentation will focus on the anxiety laden topic of the psychological evaluation of families in custody disputes. From a psychoanalytic perspective, how can we understand the motives of parents, who from their perspective are fighting to preserve a close relationship with their children? From a psychoanalytic perspective, how can we understand the intense conflict between the parents, who seem to lose sight of the needs of their children? We will explore ways of understanding aspects of adult character from a psychoanalytic perspective which interfere with parenting.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify at least one technique for evaluating parenting from a psychoanalytic perspective.
2. Identify at least one technique for evaluating the child’s relationship with the parent from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Diana S. Rosenstein, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Jenkintown, working with children, adolescents and adults. She is also involved in forensic evaluations regarding child custody, termination of parental rights, bonding and attachment. Dr. Rosenstein is the current Past President of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, where serves on many committees, mentors Psychoanalytic Fellows and is on the faculty of the psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training programs. She supervises psychology interns and fellows at Pennsylvania Hospital.


Philadelphia, PA (Center City)

Exact Location will be
e-mailed to registrants.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so that your space becomes available to another participant. To cancel a reservation, please contact Emily Loscalzo, PsyD at or 215-479-3555.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

Brunch Times and Locations

All Brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM  Brunch

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM   Presentation                       and                                 Discussion


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered.


PSPP Members:        Free
Non-Members:         $40 per brunch

Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CE’s, and brunch.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D. at 267-634-1719 or e-mail There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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