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Child Seminar - Action, Impulsivity and Enactment: Understanding and Treating Children with Challenging Behaviors


A child’s hyperactive, impulsive, or explosive behavior can be the most challenging for teachers, parents, caregivers, and therapists. What does it take to work successfully with children with these behaviors? What kind of support do teachers, caregivers and therapists need to work effectively? These questions will be addressed through case presentations and discussion by BGSP faculty supervisors and conference participants. Presentations will address working with children in private practice and in a school setting. Workshops will offer the opportunity to participants to address individual case examples.

Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 am - 12:15 pm*


1) From Explosiveness to Containment and Back Again:  The Vicissitudes of Containment and Symbolic Communication from Prepubescence to Adolescence in a Long-term Private Practice Case 

Leah Alexander, M.A., is an advanced doctoral candidate at BGSP.  She has a private practice in Ipswich, MA, and specializes in working with children and their parents.

2) Enactment as Primary Communication:  The Development of Mentalization During the First 16 Months of Treatment in a Child with Hyperactive and Impulsive Behavior in School.

Barry Waterson, M.A., Psya.D., is on the faculty at BGSP and practices in Vermont and Brookline, MA in community and school settings as well as private practice where he works with children, adults and teachers.  His doctoral research in on the use of Modern Psychoanalytic theory of technique with young impulsive children.

Discussants:  Elizabeth Dorsey, Cert. Psya. and Jane Snyder, Ph.D., Cert. Psya., are supervising and training analysts at BGSP.  They both have extensive experience working with children in a variety of settings.         

$30 in advance $40 at the door 3 CE credits


Students: No Charge

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Discuss the symbolic meaning of acting out behavior in children
  2. Assess effective interventions with acting out children.
  3. Discuss the meaning of mentalization and its importance in the psyche of the acting out child.

To register click here.

*For those interested there will be an Informational Open House after the event at 12:30 pm.