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2023S Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work (915) part 1
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work (915)

Instructor: Jack Novick, PhD

Antoinette Calabria Visiting Lecturer in Psychoanalysis


Description: This 8-week course will focus on a psychoanalytic approach to working with parents and caregivers that is critical to supporting and providing effective work for children, teens, and emerging adults. Basic concepts about setting the frame, confidentiality, common problems encountered with parents, and more will be discussed. The instructor will provide a theoretical approach to parenthood as a developmental phase, deserving of attention not only as part of working with child patients, but also as an often-overlooked identity that can be transformative in adult psychoanalytic work. Case examples will illustrate the utility of working with parents and aspects of identity and culture that impact parents and children will be discussed. By the end of the course, participants will have a theoretical base for parent work and will be able to describe its benefits. Participants do not need to work with children or adolescents in order to take or benefit from this course.

Target Audience: This course is for professionals who work with children, adolescents, and/or parents, including therapists, pediatricians, educators, and others who wish to learn more about working with parents.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is required.

About the Instructor:
Jack Novick, PhD, is a retired professor at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst. A Training and Supervising Analyst of the International Psychoanalytic Association, he is on the faculties of numerous training centers, including Michigan, New York, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tampa. With other colleagues, he instituted the first fully integrated child and adult psychoanalytic curriculum and founded the award-winning psychoanalytic Allen Creek Preschool. He has written many articles on topics of sadomasochism, suicide, termination, the therapeutic alliance, defenses, emotional muscle, development, and two systems of self-regulation. With Kerry Kelly Novick, he has written seven books, which have been translated into many languages. He has served as President of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis and for two terms as a member of the IPA Board.

Where: via Zoom
When: Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
            Thursdays: April 20, 27
            Thursdays: May 11

Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM ET (Time and dates subject to change)

CME Credits: 16 / CE clock hours: 16 / NBCC: 16 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: This course is for professionals who work with children, adolescents, and/or parents, including therapists, pediatricians, educators, and others who wish to learn more about working with parents. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Priority will be given to PCC members/matriculated students and staff of the Lucy Daniels Center until January 27th, at which time the course will be opened to similarly qualified others with the permission of the instructor.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs of the PCC.  Students must complete course assignments to receive training program credit.

Continuing Education Credit: At the end of the course, participants must complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credit. The instructor(s) has signed a financial disclosure form and has no commercial support that represents a conflict of interest.

Class Size: There is not a limit to class size. This course is open to professionals interested in working with parents in any location. 

Course Syllabus: Download Syllabus

Registration Deadline is February 24, 2023.
$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
$0 Novick Course non-profit scholarship
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students of the PCC are not charged a course registration fee. Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

Scholarship Information: A limited number of scholarships to cover tuition, not including the $25 registration fee, will be awarded to professionals working with children, adolescents, or emerging adults and their parents/caregivers in community-based non-profit agencies in North or South Carolina.

All scholarship recipients must be committed to attending and participating in the entire course.

If you think you meet the criteria for Scholarship consideration, please select the $25 registration fee option and then the “Novick Course Non-Profit Scholarship” tuition option when applying for the course. Scholarship recipients will receive notice of acceptance no later than 2 weeks prior to the course beginning.

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be able to:

  1. Describe why working with parents makes child therapy effective
  2. Describe and assess parenthood as a developmental phase
  3. Understand ways that working (or not working) with parents can enhance or create ruptures in treatment
  4. Increase skill in speaking with parents about concurrent parent work and its rationale
  5. Increase skill in treatment planning for concurrent child/parent work
  6. Increase skill in considering parenthood as an important and potentially transformative identity in adult psychotherapy
  7. Increase understanding of privacy versus secrecy, ethics, and confidentiality in treatment of minors
  8. Describe a rationale for working with parents of adolescents and emerging adults
  9. Increase awareness of the complexities of transference, countertransference, and enactment in concurrent work with parents and children/adolescents
  10. Increase skills related to termination of work with parents
  11. Think critically about the impact of identity and culture on work with parents
  12. Consider adaptations of parent work in non-traditional settings (communities, home-based treatments, school interventions, etc.)

CE & CME Information

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 provider ship of 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 16 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 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

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.

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