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Working with Parents: Clinical Challenges and Ethical Concerns

March 20, 2021 | Zoom

Sponsors: North Carolina Chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

[ 2 CE Hours ]

Early registration ends March 1st at 11:30pm
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Virtual Workshop: Via ZOOM
Fees: $0-$50 *
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In this workshop, the presenters will present a pragmatic approach for working with parents of children, adolescents and young adults that begins with the initial phone call. Within a psychoanalytic framework, parent work can be seen as early as Freud's "treatment" of Little Hans and with August Aichorn's interventions with troubled adolescents. Later, Clare and Donald Winnicott developed a model of “therapeutic consultation” with parents and other caregivers and Selma Fraiberg highlighted the importance of “developmental guidance”. After reviewing some of these historical precedents, we will discuss how to establish a consultative relationship with parents which continues, in many instances, alongside the individual treatment with child, teens and young adults. The clinical challenges and ethical concerns in this work will be discussed and illustrated with a case presentation.


Joel Kanter, MSW, LCSW-C is in private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is on the faculties of the China American Psychoanalytic Association and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. His publications include Clinical Studies in Case Management (Jossey-Bass, 1995) and Face to Face with Children: The Life and Work of Clare Winnicott (Karnac, 2004).

Jessica Hallberlin, LCSW received her MSW from Smith College. She is currently in private practice at Parkaire Consultants in Atlanta, GA with a focus in working with children, adolescents and young adults. She is a fellow in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.


Elissa Baldwin Murphy, PhD, LCSW is a child and adolescent psychoanalyst in private practice in Durham, NC where she sees adults, children and adolescents and their parents, and provides psychodynamic supervision. She is an advanced candidate in the adult psychoanalysis program with the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC). She is also on the faculty of the PCC, coordinates a study group on Race & Psychoanalysis with the PCC, and has been a lecturer and/or research advisor at the Smith College School for Social Work and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.