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Developmental Crises, Part 3: Adolescence
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Developmental Crises, Part 3: Adolescence (306) (8 sessions)
Instructors: Nancy Livingston, MD and Peter Buonaccorsi, MD

Remote Learners Welcome

There are developmental challenges to be mastered throughout the life cycle. This course, the third in a series of four, will focus on the period that, roughly speaking, falls between 12 and 20 years of age (i.e., adolescence). We will utilize a psychoanalytic perspective to explore the intrapsychic and interpersonal developmental tasks common to this period and the issues that result from failure to master them.

We will consider differing theoretical perspectives using readings from classic and more recent articles. Relevant clinical material will be presented, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.
Nancy Livingston
 " I have become interested in the growing evidence that the developmental tasks of current adolescents who have grown up with the internet and smartphones have been affected in ways both measurable and anecdotal.  Is it possible that conducting most relationships by texting interferes with the development of empathy and emotional acumen?  What is the possible meaning of the widespread insistence on physical and emotional safety in this group, which includes an uncharacteristic lack of push for separation and individuation from parents?  How do we understand the evidence from questionnaires given to adolescents over many years that depression has increased concurrent with the increase in smartphone usage?  We will be exploring these and similar issues from a psychoanalytic perspective."


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Where:    Chapel Hill, Franklin Square
When:     October 30 - December 18, 2018   
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm

CME Credits: 12 / CE Credits: 12 / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance
 *NOTE: Psychologists must attend all 12 instructional hours of this class to receive any CE credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA does not allow giving partial credit. If you are a psychologist registering for this class, please contact our administrator at [email protected] for additional information.

Prerequisite:  This class is open to matriculated Psychoanalytic Adult, Adult/Child or Child-Focused students who have completed all or nearly all of the Core Curriculum which must include having completed Growth and Development 1 and 2. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students and graduates who have completed the Core Curriculum and have at least one intensive case may also take these classes. Other interested students must have the permission of the instructor.

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit on the Psychoanalysis training program. If there is a course assignment, students must complete the assignment to receive training program course credit.

About the InstructorNancy Livingston, MD

Registration and Tuition Deadline is October 23.  $25 Registration Fee is due at time of application.
Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

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Course Learning Objectives: 

 Class participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the significant developmental tasks of early adolescence.
  2. Describe the significant developmental tasks of middle adolescence.
  3. Describe the significant developmental tasks of late adolescence.
  4. Discuss the evolution of digital technology and its impact on our culture.
  5. Evaluate current concerns about the negative impact of digital and social media on adolescent development.
  6. Describe possible positive contributions of digital and social media on adolescent developmental tasks.
  7. Discuss the ways in which cyberspace distorts the meaning of reality and the possible consequences for aspects of adolescent development.
  8. Describe possible functions of the smartphone serving as transitional phenomena in specific adolescent developmental tasks.
  9. Discuss the impact of virtual relationships on aspects of adolescent development, especially the aloneness as part of their separation from parents, their developing ability to realistically evaluate individuals and relationships, and their receipt and processing of reality-based feedback.
  10. Assess the challenge for psychotherapists and psychotherapy presented by adolescent life in the digital environment.                

 CE & CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Contact: [email protected]