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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE RETURN FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Where's the baby? Keeping the child in mind in psychoanalysis. Reading seminar and workshop.

  • 11 Mar 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • 21 Mar 2015
  • Room 205A, Whitehead Campus Cente, Haverford College, College Lane on Coursey Rd., Haverford


  • Defined as 5 years post-doctorate, not post-license
A Workshop with Arietta Slade, Ph.D.

Brief description: In this workshop, Dr. Slade will explore the proposition that while psychoanalysis has been a developmental theory since its inception, there are still subtle but important ways in which the baby and even the child has been absent from clinical thinking in adult work. This occurs despite the fact that infant research and attachment theory are considered fundamental aspects of relational theory and practice today. Dr. Slade will explore various manifestations of this phenomenon, and suggest some of its potential root causes. She will also consider some ways to enliven and enrich developmental thinking in psychoanalytically informed work.

Co-facilitators are Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D. and Corinne Masur, Psy.D.

Biography of Arietta Slade, Ph.D.

Arietta Slade is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York. An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has written widely on the clinical implications of attachment theory, the development of parental mentalization, and the relational contexts of early symbolization. For the past 12 years she has also been co-directing Minding the Baby, an interdisciplinary reflective parenting home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing. Dr. Slade is also editor, with Jeremy Holmes of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Biographies of Co-facilitators

Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D. who was past President of PCPE, is in private practice with children, families, and adults in Bryn Mawr, PA.  She is faculty at the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and adjunct at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology program. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Declaration of Play. Her publications are in the area of relational work with children.

Corinne Masur, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and play activist who has been in private practice in Center City for over 30 years and who has recently opened a practice in Exton, Pa. She is on the faculties of The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and Widener University and is the co-director of a Parent Child Center. She has written on the subjects of early childhood bereavement and the analyst's fear of his/her own mortality. She is also a founder of The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education and The Philadelphia Declaration of Play.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will learn about the history of developmental approaches in psychoanalysis
2. Participants will learn about the relevance of developmental approaches to relationally-oriented clinical work with adults
3. Participants will learn to apply developmental principles from attachment and mentalization theory to clinical work with adults.

Dates and Times

Reading seminars:

Wednesday, March 11 and March 18  from 7:30-9:30 PM


Saturday, Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location for all dates: Room 205A, Whitehead Campus Cente, Haverford College,  College Lane on Coursey Rd., Haverford

CE Credits

Ten (10) CE credits are available.

Registration Frees and Information

$225 for PSPP Members

$250 for Nonmembers of PSPP

$150 for Early career professionals

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Educational Prerequisites:

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Ten (10) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety. 

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers.  Ten (10) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety.

It is PCPE’s policy that one must attend at least one discussion group meeting before the workshop to attend the workshop. If only one discussion group meeting is attended, however, no CE credits will be given: APA policy.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D., at 267-254-0791, or at mjaymoses@gmail.com.

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