Winter 2020 


Independence of Thought: The Independent Tradition in Psychoanalytic Theory - Part I

Finding Our Way

            Evolution of Independent Thought…Then and now…

            Controversial Discussions  1941-45

            Object Relations

                  The creation and development of the theory of object relations                       by the Independents.


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Becoming an Independent Clinician

The Independent Tradition and Its Influence Today – Part II

Spring 2020, Part II will focus on the clinical situation within an Independent tradition. Readings will range from Ferenczi to Winnicott to Bollas to Ogden, giving a full spectrum of perspectives.


Child and Adolescent Developmental Theory for Educators

   This course will be appropriate for teachers and administrators, focusing on the different perspectives on development throughout the life of the child and adolescent. Discussion time will also be reserved for childhood disturbances encountered in the classroom. 

Included topic areas:  

  • attachment theory 

  • psychodynamic theory

    • developmental process​

    • affect development 

    • cognition 

    • gender/sexuality 

  • impact of infant and toddler development on later behavioral manifestations and personality development 

  • social development 

  • peer relationships

  • identity formation   

Dates, times and specifics will be announced soon.  

Hampstead Diagnostic Profile: An Independent's View

    This course will focus on the assessment for psychotherapy within a framework of the Diagnostic Profile as developed by Anna Freud and her colleagues beginning in the 1960s - for both children and adults.  

   There have been considerable changes and modifications created in the past few years to the Profile - through the efforts of researchers and clinicians in Britain, the US, and in Italy.  

  A focus will also include my perspective from the Independent Tradition - what an assessment may focus on in the initial consultations with a person, with a view to determining whether psychoanalytic therapy is an appropriate choice.    

Dates, times, and course details will be announced soon.  

 Future Courses

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy - Perspectives from an Independent Practitioner's Work

   This course will examine the foundations - theoretically and clinically - of work with children and adolescents in both intensive and non-intensive work. Highlights will include:

  • Assessment and beginning the treatment

  • Setting

  • Transference and countertransference

  • Resistance

  • Defenses

  • Developmental factors influencing the therapy

  • Therapeutic Alliance

  • Working with Parents 


Working Developmentally - Psychoanalytic Developmental Thinking in our Clinical Work with Adults

   This course was offered throughout 2018-19 and will be repeated in 2020. The course meets monthly for 8 or 9 months, for reading and discussion. 

Anna Freud’s Developmental Tradition - Evolution of Theory and Clinical Practice in Our Work with Children and Adolescents (3 - 3-hour sessions)

     This course will explore Anna Freud’s work with children and adolescents – its course of development and its application to our clinical work today. The course will examine the Developmental Lines, the Index Project of the Hampstead Clinic, as well as the Diagnostic Profile – which has been recently revised and updated through the efforts of several practitioners in Britain, Italy, and the U.S. 



Specific dates, times, and location will be announced. Please email me of your interest in these courses, or other topics.