The Child Analyst as a ‘New Developmental Object’ to a Developmentally Delayed Young Child
November 18, 2022 at 11:30 PM to November 19, 2022 at 1:00 AM Eastern
1.5 CME/CE Credits. Free Virtual Friday Night Guest Lecture with Angela Joyce.
FRIDAY NIGHT GUEST LECTURE SERIES 2022-23
1.5 CME/CE Credits
This presentation considers the nature of psychoanalytic treatment for children where there is severe developmental delay in the context of intergenerational trauma. From a variety of theoretical positions, the author discusses a case of a young child for whom psychoanalytic treatment was not originally intended but who, for institutional reasons concerned with the training needs of a trainee, was seen in three times per week psychoanalytic child psychotherapy for a number of years. The paper examines the notion of the child analyst as a new developmental object to such a child, locating its origin within the Anna Freudian tradition but making links both to Winnicottian concepts and also post Bionian elaboration of the nature of the analyst’s mental functioning in the analytic setting.