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The Dynamic Interplay of Adult Development and the Treatment Process

July 12, 2024 at 12:50 PM to 1:50 PM Eastern

FREE

Steven D. Axelrod, PhD, elaborates two perspectives on the psychology of adulthood–a developmental scheme of tasks and emerging capacities and the drivers for individual growth and vitality.
2024 Grand Round Series
In this presentation Steven D. Axelrod, PhD, will elaborate two perspectives on the psychology of adulthood–a developmental scheme of tasks and emerging capacities and the drivers for individual growth and vitality.
The developmental framework Dr. Axelrod described in the recently published paper “Growth in Adulthood: A Revised Psychoanalytic Framework for Adult Development” (2024, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 77(1), 126–142.) is a modification and expansion of Erikson’s original epigenetic scheme that incorporates what we have learned from others’ observations and theorizing. Dr. Axelrod will then describe how this developmental perspective can inform and improve our clinical work and will illustrate this with some case material.
Dr. Axelrod's discussion of the drivers of individual growth will include, but will not be limited to, object finding and object usage in both treatment and “in the wild.” He will pay special attention to what has been called the “developmental object” by Anne Hurry and others following the child analytic work of Anna Freud.
A consideration of follow-up data from psychotherapy outcome studies can give us a special window into the processes of growth in adulthood more generally. Some research evidence points to the existence of a group of psychotherapy/psychoanalysis patients who show continuing improvement and better adjustment over time post-termination. One instance of this has been called the “sleeper effect.” Exploration of the factors in treatment and the processes post treatment that sustain these kinds of gains will comprise the final portion of this presentation.