Master Series in Clinical Practice
Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.
Alexandra M. Harrison, MD, instructor
This presentation will use contemporary developmental theory and videotape microanalysis to describe a model of therapeutic action, the “Sandwich Model” that represents the use of insights from infant research to complement psychoanalytic theory. Several clinical cases will be used to illustrate this model: (1) the first individual session of a 3-year old girl with a history of trauma; (2) clips from the first two years of the analytic treatment of a 5-6-year old boy on the autistic spectrum; and (3) sessions from the analytic treatment of an adopted Chinese-American girl. This study will emphasize two aspects of therapeutic action evident in videotape microanalysis and apprehensible by developmental theory but difficult to perceive and to understand using psychoanalytic theory alone – the “music”, or coordinated vocalizations, and the “dance”, or coordinated actions, of the therapeutic exchange.
- to discuss the general principles of a contemporary developmental theory consistent with non-linear systems theory
- to explain the advantage offered by videotape technique in the study of therapeutic action
- to describe the “music” and the “dance” of therapeutic action
Program Code: MS47
6 CE/CME Credits
Location: at MSPP, West Roxbury/Boston
Alexandra Harrison, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her academic interests include: Evaluation and treatment of young children and their families.
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