“The Perfect Soldier” A Decade After 9/11: What Makes A Teenager Become A Terrorist? with Terry McDermott at NYPSI

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“The Perfect Soldier” A Decade After 9/11: What Makes A Teenager Become A Terrorist?

November 8, 2011
8:15 PM

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The second Peter Blos Memorial Lecture of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI), celebrating NYPSI’s Centenary and in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, presents Terry McDermott, author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers – Who They Were, Why They Did It, in conversation with Dr. Jerome Wakefield, NYU University Professor and co-author of The Loss Of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder. They will explore issues of cultural and racial relativism in distinguishing normal from pathological behavior. Joined by NYPSI child and adolescent psychoanalyst Dr. Susan Sherkow, they will also consider the relevance of these issues for parents, teachers, mental health providers and others who work with young people when there are concerns about emotional disturbance or potential for violence. 
Dr. William H. Braun will be awarded the Peter Blos Prize in recognition of his contributions to The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s child and adolescent psychoanalytic program, especially in building psychoanalytic outreach partnerships with the New York City community. 

About The Participants:

Terry McDermott is a journalist and the award-winning author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers – Who They Were, Why They Did It (2005, HarperCollins Publishers), reviewed by The Washington Post as the definitive examination of the September 11 attacks against the United States. He has been a reporter at eight newspapers over the last 30 years, most recently on the staff of the Los Angeles Times as a national correspondent. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker and the Columbia Journalism Review.  His most recent book is 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for Memory (2010, Pantheon Press).

Dr. Jerome Wakefield is University Professor and Professor in the School of Social Work at New York University. His expertise is in conceptual foundations of clinical theory, especially how normal negative responses to problematic social environments can be distinguished from mental disorder and how DSM diagnostic criteria fail to adequately draw this distinction.  He is the author of over 190 publications in professional journals, in addition to co-author of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder (2007, Oxford University Press). 

Dr. Susan P. Sherkow is a Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst at The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute.

The Peter Blos Memorial Lecture

The Peter Blos Memorial Lecture is sponsored by The Peter Blos Center for Adolescence, which was founded in 2005 and is affiliated with The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The Center was created to honor the legacy of distinguished adolescent psychoanalyst and NYPSI member Dr. Peter Blos, who died in 1997.  Born in Germany, Dr. Blos studied education at the University of Heidelberg and then received a Ph.D. in biology in Vienna.  He was introduced to Anna Freud in the 1920’s, and when she asked for his help in starting a school for children undergoing psychoanalysis his own interest in the field grew stronger.  Dr. Blos emigrated to the United States in 1934 and he completed his psychoanalytic training in this country.  Dr. Blos joined the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1965 and after that was appointed to the faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, where he remained a distinguished educator and supervisor throughout his professional life.  He became a leading authority on adolescence as a unique developmental phase, and wrote a total of four books on the subject. The first of these, On Adolescence, published in 1962, went on to become a landmark in the field. The mission of the Blos Center captures Dr. Blos’ interest in this developmental phase, and also the role of psychoanalysis in a school setting; the Center seeks to provide psychoanalytically-oriented consultation, supervision and clinical services to schools and other organizations serving young people in New York City, especially those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The Center’s institutional partners have included Friends of the Children, George Jackson Academy and Hunter High School. 

The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) is celebrating its Centenary throughout 2011-2012 with a number of special programs highlighting the role that psychoanalysis can play in understanding numerous disciplines and topics. NYPSI is the oldest psychoanalytic organization in the Americas, with a history of distinguished contributions to the field of psychoanalysis and significant influence on the cultural and intellectual life of New York City.  NYPSI has an equally vibrant present, providing the highest level of psychoanalytic training and research opportunities to mental health professionals and offering affordable therapeutic service programs to the New York community.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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