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Child and Adolescent Study Group Seminar Fall 2024

4 Fridays - September 27, 2024-December 13, 2024

9/27/24, 10/25/24, 11/22/24 and 12/13/24

Live Interactive Webinar via Zoom

System Requirements: To attend this training, one must have access to a computer, internet and Zoom. It is vital that a computer be utilized for this training, instead of a mobile device or Ipad.

Course Description

This seminar is for practicing child and adolescent analysts and therapists. It focuses on how changes in modern family configurations, such as same-sex parents, single-parent households, blended families, in vitro fertilization, and adoption have significant implications for psychoanalytic theory and clinical technique.  In place of the traditional nuclear family structure that is often assumed initially, the nature, timing, and impact of alternative, changing and competing family configurations need to be carefully assessed. Therapists must consider how this structural variety and potential instability complicates and stresses primary attachments, identify formation and the stages of development generally.  The language of psychoanalysis must adjust to encompass and inform this diversity, ranging from such classic concepts as the Oedipus and Electra complex to the constructs of motherhood and fatherhood themselves.  Transference and counter-transference within in the analytic dyad must be reconsidered in the same way. Throughout the course participants will move regularly between theoretical reading and clinical examples from their own practices.


Debra Roelke, PhD

Dr. Roelke has been involved in psychoanalytic education, training and teaching for over 20 years. She trained extensively with senior analysts in both self psychology and intersubjective perspectives, and is well-versed in the history of psychoanalytic theory and comparative psychoanalysis. Dr. Roelke has been on the teaching faculty of CPPNJ, teaching courses annually, since 2010. She has taught the Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity seminar for five years (2013 to 2017).

Richard Barr, LCSW, PhD

After receiving his doctorate at the University of Virginia, Richard Barr began his professional career as a Rutgers University professor, teaching for 10 years at the undergraduate and graduate level. He specialized in psychological and sociological approaches to literature and published his study of intersubjective dynamics in the theater, Rooms with a View. He became involved in research on central nervous system drugs and the potential for otherwise efficacious medicines to increase depression and suicidality in some populations. As part of that work, he played a key role in bringing a fast acting antidepressant and an antipsychotic relatively free of treatment limiting side effects through FDA approval.  After earning his MSW at NYU, he began working with at risk adolescents and thus began a now 14 year career as a psychotherapist treating preteens, teens, and adults. Winnicott has been a guiding light in his efforts to understand and help the challenging adolescents that are the primary focus of his therapeutic work."


Participants will be able to:

·        Describe the array of modern family configurations

·        Identify potential challenges children may face in non-traditional families, including role confusion, identity formation, stigma, grief and loss.

·        Analyze how attachment patterns emerge and vary in different family structures

·        Understand how individual identify forms in alternative family configurations

·        Consider how psychoanalytic theory and techniques can be adapted to effectively treat children in such families.

Target Audience:  Suitable for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Graduate Students, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Level of Sophistication: This is a beginning level continuing education program.

ADA accommodations available upon request: Requests required at least 14 days prior to course start.

Continuing Education: 

6 CEs for Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers

For CounselorsCPPNJ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education   Provider, ACEP No. 6863. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CPPNJ is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For Psychologists:  CPPNJ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPPNJ maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 


For NY Psychologists: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0165. 

For NJ Social Workers: An application has been made for consideration of 6 clinical continuing education credits for this course.

NY Social Workers: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0757.

Course Fee: $50

Course Refund Policy: Up to one month before a course starts there will be a full course refund less a $50 administrative fee. Less than one month before a course starts there will be a $50 administrative fee and the payment will be applied to a future course. Once a class starts, there will be no refunds. Extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this CE event.

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at www.cppnj.org, contact us by email at [email protected] or at CPPNJ 235 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940