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Developmental Crises, Part 3 2021F
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Developmental Crises, Part 3 Adolescence (306)
Instructor: David Smith, MD

Description:  There are developmental challenges to be mastered throughout the life cycle. This course, the third in a series of four, will focus on adolescence, on the period that, roughly speaking, falls between 12 and 20 years of age. We will utilize a psychoanalytic perspective to explore the intrapsychic and interpersonal developmental tasks common to this period and the issues that result from failure to master them.

We will consider differing theoretical perspectives using readings from classic and more recent articles. Relevant clinical material will be presented, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Target Audience: This course is appropriate for intermediate through advanced students, as well as clinicians with extensive experience who are considering child analytic training and have the permission of the instructor.

 Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged. All the PCC courses are small group discussions that require participants to read and synthesize the materials presented.  PCC faculty ensure that gaps in knowledge are addressed.

 About the Instructor:   David Smith, MD

WHERE:    via Zoom
WHEN:      November 2 - December 22, 2021 (class meets Thanksgiving week)
TIME:         7:10 – 8:40 EST

Prerequisite:  This class is open to matriculated Psychoanalytic Adult, Adult/Child or Child-Focused students who have completed all or nearly all of the core curriculum which must include having completed Psychological Development Across the Life Cycle 1 and 2. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students and graduates who have completed the core curriculum and have at least one intensive case may also take these classes.   

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in the psychoanalysis training program.

Course Syllabus: click here howeverDr. Smith would like all students in the course to pick up a copy of: Adolescent Development and Psychopathology (Paperback) by James B. McCarthy; James McCarthy; Anna Freud. It has many of the substantial and classic bedrock papers on this topic from Anna Freud, McCarty, Blos, Aichorn, etc.

Registration and Tuition Deadline is October 19.  $25 Registration Fee is due at time of application.
Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students are not charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances, we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
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Class participants will be able to:


  • Conceptualize the ways in which psychological development proceeds throughout adolescence.
  • Apply relevant concepts of drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, attachment theory, and self-psychology to more comprehensively explore the developmental process.
  • Apply relevant information from fields related to psychoanalysis (e.g., developmental psychology, social psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, biology, literature) that further illuminate the developmental crises encountered in these periods.
  • Identify the significant developmental tasks of adolescence.
  • Utilize clinical material to illustrate developmental concepts, including material from their own experiences.
  • Describe and discuss ways in which the use of technology affects the developmental tasks of adolescence.Describe and discuss ways in which cultural attitudes toward psychopharmacology affect psychoanalytic work with adolescents.
  • Explore the ways in which gender identity and object choice develop during adolescence and how social changes, e.g. more acceptance of gender and object choice fluidity affect this.


CE-CME Information:

For additional information please contact the Administrator

Phone: 919-490-3212   Email: [email protected]

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity has relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021-

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

 Contact: [email protected]

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