Meeting the Challenge of Treating Atypically-Wired Children using Psychoanalysis with Susan Sherkow, M.D.. at NYPSI

Meeting the Challenge of Treating Atypically-Wired Children using Psychoanalysis, Presenter: Susan Sherkow, M.D.. Discussants: Alexander Kalogerakis, M.D. and Robert Scharf, M.D., Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8 pm, New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, 247 East 82nd Street, NYC (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves)

This presentation aims to demonstrate the confluence of psychoanalysis and neuroscience in the context of the internalization process in neurodevelopment. Dr. Sherkow will present clinical material from the analytic treatment of an “atypically wired” five-and-a-half year old boy focusing on the child’s mental representational world and shedding light on: 1) distortions in the child’s mental representation of mother and being mothered, caused in part by atypical neurocircuitry 2) the impact of these distortions on the mother, the child, and the mother-child relationship 3) how these distortions come through in the transference and 4) how psychoanalysis can help “rewire” the brain to allow for a secure internalization of the mother.

NYPSI Members and NYPSI Students: FREE
General Admission: $20
Student Admission (non NYPSI): $10
To register, click HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900

Lois Oppenheim, PhD, Scientific Program Chair

Susan P. Sherkow, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and a Supervising Analyst and Instructor in the Child and Adolescent Division of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is also on the faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry at both Mount Sinai College of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Sherkow has been a key figure in the development of psychoanalytic modalities of diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in young children and adolescents. She has presented on the application of psychoanalytic developmental theory to the treatment of ASD at the American Psychoanalytic Association, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Yale Child Study Center, where she received the Ritvo prize in 2010 for excellence in the field of Child Psychoanalysis, and TEDx. She has published extensively in JAPA and the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, and she co-authored the book Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience. In 2012, she founded the Sherkow Center for Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder, a not-for-profit organization created to provide support for training, treatment, and research in the area of developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alexander D. Kalogerakis, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Child/Adolescent Supervising Analyst and member of the Faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. He is a member of the United Nations Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. His chapter in the 2016 volume The Status of Women is entitled “Women and Migration: Children on the Move”.

Robert D. Scharf, M.D. is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Chairman of NYPSI’s Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis.

Educational Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will be able to:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1) Describe how knowledge of neurodevelopment can shed light on the symptoms of an aggressive, difficult child.
2) Identify how symptoms revealed and addressed in the process of analytic play reveal distortions in mental representation.
3) Describe how psychoanalytic treatment can be effective in helping a child internalize mothering through the transference.

Physicians: 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 American Psychoanalytic Association and New York Psychoanalytic Society & 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. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. DISCLOSURE: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Social Workers: New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute SW CPE 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 #0317.


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