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Again: Multiple Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case

  • 02 Feb 2013
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall, St. Joseph’s University
PCPE and PSPP proudly present
Again: Multiple Perspectives on
a Psychotherapy
Note: Please register at http://www.pspp.org

This program will take place on February 2,
2013, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall, at St. Joseph’s University on City Avenue in Philadelphia.

In June 1989, in the early years of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP), we sponsored a highly successful program: Three Perspectives on a Psychotherapy Case.  More than twenty years later, in 2011, we offered this conference again. Hence, the originator of this conference, PCPE Board member, Jane Widseth, Ph.D., aptly named it, the “Again Conference”.  And, it was once again, very successful.  Local psychodynamic therapists, Peter Badgio, Ph.D., Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D., and Rachel K. McKay, Ph.D., along with moderator, Dennis Debiak, Psy.D., created a rich discussion that compared and contrasted Classical, Lacanian and Relational perspectives on an adult psychotherapy case presented by Deborah Fraser, Ph.D.

We want, once again, the opportunity for a discussion that enables us to clarify and appreciate differences and similarities in the ways that we conceptualize and intervene clinically. This time, the third time, in fact, it may well be shaping up to be our signature conference. 

Our case presented this year by Norka Malberg, Psy.D., will be an adolescent case. Psychoanalysis, being an expansive theory that has evolved over time with advances in research, provides a fertile ground for clinical discussion. We work together in this present moment, to bring multiple perspectives to a contemporary understanding of technique and its connection to theory (past and present). This year, psychotherapists from our local community, Marjorie Bosk, Ph.D., Gabriella Serruya-Green, Psy.D., and John Frank, M.D., will be discussing the case with special sensitivities to the developmental aspects of treating a child. In the 24 years since the first conference, attachment research and theory has been making its way into psychoanalytic thought, which can be seen more directly in work with children. Join us again and be a part of making psychoanalytic history in Philadelphia.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to recognize the developmental aspects in formulating a case.

2. Participants will learn of how to incorporate multiple perspectives in a clinical case– a both/and way of thinking as opposed to either/or.

3. Participants will learn how attachment theory enhances psychoanalytic thought.

Moderator, Presenter, and Discussants

Dr. Norka Malberg, Psy.D, LPC

Dr. Malberg is a child and adolescent analyst who trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London. She obtained her doctorate from University College London under the supervision of Dr. Peter Fonagy for her work on Development of Mentalization Based Group Interventions targeting Medical Adherence in Adolescent Renal Patients. In addition, she holds masters level degrees in Developmental Psychopathology, Counseling Psychology and Developmental Psychoanalysis.

She currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut where she is the Clinical Director for Training and Supervision for Child FIRST, an evidenced-based home visiting  project serving the needs of high risk families and children under the age of 6. She is also in private practice in New Haven, CT. She is in the Clinical Faculty at Yale’s Child Study Center where she is part of the newly developed International School of Infant Mental Health; a collaboration between the Anna Freud Centre, Yale and the Tavistock Clinic.

Dr. Malberg is a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society where she lectures regularly in the Child Analytic program. She is also a member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society in New Haven. She is the co-editor of the recently published book: The Anna Freud Tradition: Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades (2012) published by Karnac Books. 

Marjorie Bosk, Ph.D.

Dr. Bosk is a clinical child psychologist with a specialty in young children and their families. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania she has worked in private practice in Bryn Mawr, PA for 30 years and consult with preschools and parent groups. Additionally, she is a member of a nonprofit group, The Philadelphia Declaration of Play, which is part of a global movement to preserve childhood and to keep the mind of the child in the minds of adults and society.

Gabriella Serruya-Green, Psy.D.

Dr. Serruya-Green is a psychologist who practices in Center City, Philadelphia, as well as in Springfield, PA., who specializes in the treatment of children and families. She was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 2005-2006 and has presented in the past at the Annual Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) meeting. She graduated in 2005 from Widener University’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.

John Frank, M.D.

Dr. Frank is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP) and is a graduate in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalysis.  He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine where he was a Child and Adolescent Residency Training Director. His publications on trauma are based on his work with amputees during the war in Vietnam and children hospitalized with chronic illness. He has chaired Discussion Groups at the American Psychoanalytic Association dealing with Gay Identity and Diverse Gender Experience in Children and Adolescents. Locally, he leads reading and clinical study groups that explore similarities and differences between modern classical and relational psychoanalysis. Dr. Frank is in private practice in Philadelphia. 

Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D.

Dr. Silber is a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist in private practice in Bryn Mawr.  She is on faculty of the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP) and adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University where she teaches courses on psychotherapy with children and adolescents and their families.  Her most recent article was published (2012) in the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy on work with teenage girls. She is current President of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education.  She has been appointed to the first cohort of Ambassador of Childhood Program and member of Philadelphia Declaration of Play (PDoP).

CE Credits  

Three and a half (3.5) CE credits are available.

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.

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.

Date and Time

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 1-6 pm


Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall, at St. Joseph’s University on City Avenue in Philadelphia

Registration Fees and Information

PSPP Member: $75 (after registration deadline $85)

Non-member: $85 (after registration deadline $95)

Early-Career Member and Analytic Candidate: $45 (after registration deadline $55)

Retired Member: $20

Students: $10

Please register at http://www.pspp.org by January 15, 2013

Cancelation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. If you cancel your registration, a $40 credit will be applied to future programming.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak, Ph.D., at bzslovak@comcast.net or 610-896-7228.


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