Scientific Program featuring Charles E. Parks, PhD

Saturday, May 4, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at 9003 Weston Pkwy , Cary

Therapeutic Action and Progress in Analysis: A Child Struggles With Death, Life, and Change

Presented by Charles E. Parks, PhD

Registration Fee: $50*

*Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff and board, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the Departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health Counseling.

A young boy, faced with the loss of multiple caretakers, worked to acknowledge and understand overwhelming feelings so that he could resume his emotional development.  Initially his concerns were expressed through disturbances in bodily functions (encopresis) and disavowal.  Analytic progress allowed a series of psychic transformations which increased his capacity to elaborate these concerns in fantasy and in play.  Examination of these transformations is used to discuss core questions in child analysis including the nature of therapeutic action in work with children, the meaning and role of insight in this work, and the multiple ways a child uses the relationship with the analyst to progress in the treatment.  The relevance of these findings to analytic work with adults is also discussed.

The Rosenblitt Lecture was established by the Lucy Daniels Center in 2019 in honor of Donald Rosenblitt, MD, to spotlight topics relevant to child and adolescent psychoanalytic treatment through an annual lecture presented by a child psychoanalyst.

About the Speaker

Charles E. Parks, PhD, is a Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst, Adult Training and Supervising Analyst, and Institute Director at the Washington Baltimore Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Georgetown University Medical Center. He is also on the faculty of several other Institutes affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association where he supervises and teaches courses on child psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.  Describe ways in which earlier traumatic experiences become organized in a child’s mind and affect later modes of thought, feeling, and action. 

2.  Identify interventions which helped deepen the relationship between the patient and analyst. 

3.  Describe how the exploration of this deepening relationship contributed to the therapeutic gains made by this patient.

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians or interested academics who want to increase their understanding of child psychoanalysis.

Confidentiality Statement: All case material will be carefully disguised. We ask that participants agree to hold all material presented with the utmost care, following ethical and professional guidelines.

Accommodation Statement: To request an accommodation for this program, please email  Kayla Schilke, PCC Training and Education Program Manager, at least two weeks before the start date.

1.    Anderson, S. (2020). A child analysis from childhood into adolescence: Elements of therapeutic action at different developmental stages. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 73(2), 133–145.
2.    Leiken, S. (2020). Discussion of Dr. Anderson’s case with a focus on transference and countertransference. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 73(2), 146–150.
3.    Rosenblitt, D. (2020). Discussion of Dr. Anderson’s case with a focus on the child’s use of the analyst at different developmental stages. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 73(2), 151–157.
4.    Midgley, N., Ensink, K., Lindqvist, K., Malberg, N., & Muller, N. (2017). Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children: A Time-Limited Approach. American Psychological Association.    
CME credits: 2 / CE credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social workers will receive a letter of attendance documenting 2 hours of continuing education. This certificate may not be acceptable verification in all states.

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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021-