Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy of Children With Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach with Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Timothy Rice, M.D. at NYPSI

NYPSI EXTENSION COURSE: Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy of Children With Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach
with Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Timothy Rice, M.D.

November 20 – December 4, 2017, Mondays, 8:15 – 9:45 pm, 3 classes / $90
Location: NYPSI (247 East 82nd Street, NYC)
To register, click here, visit or call 212-879-6900

NYPSI Extension Course: Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors: A Psychodynamic Approach
In this course we will describe the essence of our treatment manual (Manual of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C) with Externalizing Behaviors) (

This includes how the clinician works to understand the meaning of the child’s maladaptive disruptive behavior. The treatment does not focus on teaching the child proper behavior or on teaching the parents management techniques. Instead, the therapist communicates to the child that there is meaning to the behavior and that it may feel safer to act up than feel painful emotions, such as sadness, shame, guilt, or loss. The child’s defensive maneuvers to avoid painful affects and the transference and countertransference issues are addressed. Moreover, any child treatment necessarily includes an active parenting component. In our manual we help parents to understand the meaning of their children’s behavior and how to approach their children in more effective ways. We help parents achieve greater understanding of their child as an individual with needs, worries, and responses to stress in their lives.

Leon Hoffman, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and is currently the director of the Pacella Parent Child Center at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and Chief Psychiatrist at West End Day School.

Timothy Rice, M.D. is Chief of the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit for the Mount Sinai Health System, New York City.

Tracy Prout, M.D., who is co-author with Drs. Hoffman and Rice, is assistant professor of psychology in the combined school-child clinical doctoral program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She is also in private practice working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

4.5 CME/ CE credits offered.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Recognize the value of understanding the meaning of a child’s externalizing behaviors

2. Recognize that externalizing behaviors serve as defenses against painful affects

3.Consider the feasibility of applying an operationalized defense-focused approach in a short term psychodynamic psychotherapy

4. Describe the similarities between the concept “defenses” and the neuroscientific concept “Implicit emotional regulation.”

5. Assess the value for the development of psychoanalytic ideas by the use of a treatment manual which has the potential to connect to neuroscience.


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.

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.


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 (4.5) 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 have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Persons with disabilities

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


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