Expanding the Frame

  • 20 Jan 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Aldar Bistro, 281 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwd, PA

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education invites you to:

Expanding the Frame

Both adult and child clinicians enter into the implicit realm with their patients.  Please join us over dinner for a presentation and discussion to explore how children’s play and abstract art allows us to enter the implicit realm and expand the therapeutic frame.

Child and adult relational work requires attunement to the unformulated and fragmented expression of patients’ experiences.  It is in our creative reception of implicit experience that allows what was formerly incoherent to become felt, shared and then known.  How do we creatively co-construct with our patients the emergence of shared knowing?  Children’s play and artists’ art are two ways in which we expand the ways in which we receive vital wordless information.  Our panel will demonstrate these channels of communication through the presentation of slides of abstract art, children’s art, play, and case vignettes of pivotal now moments in treatment with children and adolescents. The panel is unconventionally structured so the three presenters will be continuously dialoguing with each other, the material and the participants.

Learning Objectives:

1.    To increase awareness of how a binarial division of training and process into child and adult "camps" forecloses the range of understanding clinical material for all clinicians.

2.     Learning to include both an understanding of the procedural relational processes, as well as a consideration of the quality of experiences in terms of affective expression and intensity of affect for the processing of unformulated experiences.

3.     Learning how incorporating play and non-verbal symbolic expressions expands the therapeutic frame for answering the question, "what's going on here?" 


Marjorie Bosk, Ph. D. is a clinical child psychologist who has been in private practice for thirty years, who consults extensively with preschool programs and   parent groups.

Jacqueline Gotthold, Psy.D. is a child and adult psychoanalyst on faculty at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and is in private practice in Manhattan.  She has published numerous articles and presented on many topics regarding clinical theory with children.

Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D., currently President of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education, adjunct faculty of Widener University’s Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology, on faculty of the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.

6-6:30 appetizers & cash bar

                    6:30-7 dinner (choice of:  chicken, salmon,                  vegetarian) 

                    7-9 panel, slides, cases and discussion during dessert and coffee/tea

CE Credits:    2

Fee:                $60.00 PSPP members    $65.00 nonmembers

Registration: online at www.pcpeonline.org

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