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Rosenblitt Lecture -- Jack & Kerry Novick 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Category: Scientific Programs

Rosenblitt Lecture

"Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll:

A Two-Systems Engagement with the Centrality of Adolescence"

with Jack Novick, PhD, and Kerry Kelly Novick

Program Description

In this presentation, the Novicks propose the centrality of adolescence in relation to all prior and subsequent development. Adolescence is still perceived as a stepchild in analytic theory and adolescents are often considered unanalyzable. This negative view persists within our field and in the culture in general, where adolescence itself is described as a “developmental disturbance.” Using a clinical case for illustration, Jack and Kerry Novick apply their dual-track model of two systems of self-regulation, the “closed,” sadomasochistic omnipotent system and the “open,” competent, loving and reality-attuned system, to trace the developmental thread of transformation and suggest that adolescence is a nodal point in development, a crucial determinant of adult pathology or health. The two-system model offers an opportunity to generate an expanded repertoire of psychoanalytic techniques to make analysis a strengths-based learning experience.

There will be time for ample discussion with the audience.


The Rosenblitt Lecture was established in 2019 in honor of Don Rosenblitt, M.D., and spotlights topics relevant to child and adolescent psychoanalytic treatment through an annual lecture presented by a child psychoanalyst.

Don is a child and adult psychoanalyst, and the founding Clinical and Executive Director of the Lucy Daniels Center. In August 2019, Don retired from his position of 27 years as Executive and Clinical Director and transitioned into a part-time role at the Center, where he continues his vital life’s work of serving children and families through in-depth evaluation and treatment. He is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC). He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the psychoanalytic training program of the PCC and is Past Director of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas, now the psychoanalytic training program of the PCC. He has written and lectured extensively on topics related to early childhood development.

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When:  Saturday, November 13, 2021  
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Eastern
Cost: $45, Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID and trainees in the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Counseling.

CME credits: 2 / CE Credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance  

Needs based scholarships are available upon request. Contact the Programs Manager for details.

About the Presenters:  Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic educational centers throughout the country. They are both training and supervising analysts of the International Psychoanalytical Association. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England, and are active in teaching, research, professional organizations, and the community. They joined with other colleagues to found an award-winning non-profit psychoanalytic school, Allen Creek Preschool, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Both Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively, with many articles published in major professional journals, on topics of defense, termination, development, verbalization, sadomasochism, therapeutic alliance, omnipotence, and two systems of self-regulation. Their book, Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism, was reprinted in paperback in 2007. Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work was published in 2005, and Good Goodbyes in 2006. Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children appeared in 2010 and their latest book, Freedom to Choose: Two Systems of Self-Regulation, was published in late 2016. All have been translated into several other languages. They have recently co-edited a Parent Work Casebook and an Adolescent Casebook.  

(The presenters of this Scientific Program have signed a Financial Disclosure Form, and have no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.)

Leaning Objectives: By the end of the session, learners should be able to:

  1. Differentiate closed- and open-system aspects of adolescent functioning.
  2. Use an expanded repertoire of psychoanalytic techniques to address both strengths and vulnerabilities.
  3. Apply the ideas presented to structuring treatments of adolescents and other types of programs for young people.
Continuing Education: This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians at an intermediate to advanced level. At the end of the Scientific Program,  participants must complete the Evaluation Form to receive continuing education credit.
Related Readings:
  1. Novick, J. and Novick, K.K. (2016). Freedom to choose: Two systems of self-regulation. IP Books.
  2. Novick, K.K., Novick, J. (2013). Concurrent work with parents of adolescent patients. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 67, 103-136.
  3. Dowling, S., Lament, C., Novick, K.K., Novick, J. (2013). Dialog with the Novicks. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 67, 137-145.
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CE & CME Information:

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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.

Social worker receive a letter of attendance documenting 2  hours of continuing education, which may not be accepted by all states to document continuing education credits.

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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and 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 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. 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 have 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-

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