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CANCELLED: Development through the Lifespan: Temporal Unity & Fragmentation and its influence on the Developmental Trajectory with Christopher Bonovitz, Psy.D.

  • 28 Apr 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • 09 May 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • Haverford College


  • Graduated 2012 or later

Due to concerns about the communicable nature of COVID-19, this program is postponed until further notice. 

Note: This program consists of 3 sessions:

  • 28 Apr 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 05 May 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 09 May 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Event Details:

Course Description 

In this Saturday seminar, New York City-based Child and Adult Psychoanalyst Christopher Bonovitz, Psy.D. will review the contributions of Stephen Mitchell, Anne Alvarez and Hans Loewald in exploring the idea that development continues through the lifespan. The connectedness between the past, present and future will be featured as a central influence in facilitating development through time and instilling a sense of continuity. Clinical vignettes of a child and adult patient will be presented to illustrate the relationship between temporal unity/fragmentation with regards to negotiating developmental hurdles that we cannot necessarily trace back to early life.  

Presenter: Christopher Bonovitz, Ph.D

Faculty, Supervising & Training Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Consultant, New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Faculty & Supervisor, the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, & the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues & The Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Currently completing an edited book with Andrew Harlem on Development & Therapeutic Action.

Co-Facilitators of Reading Discussion

Debby Bierschwale, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Narberth, PA, working with adolescents, adults and couples. She is a faculty member of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, where she is currently completing psychoanalytic training. She enjoys writing and translating psychoanalytic concepts into concise, simply-stated ideas that are accessible to the general public.

Marc Carafa, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and Doylestown, PA. He is a factually member of the Institue for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, Widener University, and a medical staff member of Doylestown Hospital. He is currently completing psychoanalytic training at IRPP.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will develop a working understanding of why development continues through the lifespan.

2. Participants will have a working knowledge of how the relationship between past and present contributes to facilitating development.

3. Participants will understand the seminal theorists and their contributions to the idea that development extends beyond childhood and the developmental tasks of young and middle adulthood.  

4. Participants will learn how to frame a clinical process with developmental thinking according to Mitchell, Alvarez, and Loewald. 

5. Participants will be able to articulate the changes to developmental theory that have reoriented clinicians to the action of the therapeutic change process. 

6. Participants will be able to recognize the importance of integrating experience that emerges in a clinical process in fragments.

7. Participants will learn the properties of emergence relative to developmental processes.

8. Participants will develop a way of working with developmental hurdles in children and adults using an understanding of temporal unity and fragmentation.

Dates: Reading Discussion -- April 28th & May 5th, 2020, Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 

Saturday Workshop – May 9th, 2020, 10:00 - 4:00, lunch provided

Location: Haverford College

Tuesday evenings: Whitehead Campus Center, Room 205-B

Saturday: Dining Center, further details to be announced.

Contact: Laurel Silber, Psy.D. 610-527-5503 or laurelsilber@gmail.com

CE Credits

Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded for attending the two reading meetings and the Saturday workshop. No partial credit will be awarded.  


Cost is $240 for IRPP grads and PSPP members; $260 for non-member professionals; $180 for ECP's

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. Nine (9) 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. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Laurel Silber, Psy.D., at 610-527-5503, or at laurelsilber@gmail.com.

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.

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