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Clinical Conference: Laurel M. Silber – Rebuilding Childhood: A Psychological Perspective

  • 11 Sep 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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This Saturday!

The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents 

Laurel M Silber, PsyD

Rebuilding Childhood:

A Psychological Perspective

Art: Untitled Quilt, Lydia Beachy, 1910-1920, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Lecture and Clinical Workshop

Saturday, September 11, 2021

    11am - 1 pm

2 CEUs (NASW & Div 39)

NOW — no extra charge for CEUs!

Zoom check-in begins 10:45

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

Due to changes in CDC and local health recommendations and mandates, this meeting will be offered through Zoom only.

The Talk

Nicholas Kristof states, “Families desperately need help. In other countries, they get it. In the United States they get empty homilies about the importance of family,” (reported in the New York Times, 6/5/21 in editorial entitled, Turning Child Care Into a New Cold War).

The boundary protecting childhood and supporting parents, at a societal level, has been breached and one could argue was inadequate to begin with. Children have given up on adults to perform their role of protecting them and have organized protests to stop the gun violence in their schools and to stop endangering their environment. Children are saying they would like a future. 

At the heart of disorganized attachment is the dilemma of the child seeking proximity to adults who frighten them. By theoretical extension, we have cultural, institutional and political attitudes that feel grossly at odds with childhood dependency needs. Real loss and the losses associated with the mandate to socially distance due to our COVID crisis have added insult to injury. We emerge from the pandemic, into a mental health crisis of childhood. This requires our thinking together creatively to incorporate the multiple stressors that are facing children and adolescents and their families in our contemporary moment. How can we show up for them?

The Speaker  

Laurel M. Silber, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, PA. working with children and their families for over 30 years. During this time, she has witnessed childhood go through changes, influencing her clinical work inside and outside the office. For example, she helped organize The Philadelphia Declaration of Play in response to a culture wide public health crisis: the absence of free play in childhood. She has written about clinical work with parents and children, subjects include the intergenerational transmission of trauma, gender dysphoria, play and childism. She is Director of the Child Relational Psychotherapy Program of the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and Past President of the Section on children and adolescents of Division 39 of APA.

Learning Objectives

1)    Identify conditions undermining the security of development for children and adolescents

2)    Examine and broaden the professional role of the child/family therapist during a time of collective trauma

3)    Describe the problem of managing grief in childhood


1)    A Report from the Association of Child Psychotherapists, June, 2018,’Silent Catastrophe’; Responding to the Danger Signs of Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services.

2)    Hardy, K. (2013) Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma, Reclaiming Children and Youth, Vol.22, (1), pgs. 24-28.

3)    Silber, (2020) Reimagining Humpty Dumpty with Play’s Therapeutic Action, Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 19, 182-198.

4)    Perry & Szalavitz, (2017) The Boy Who Was Raised a Dog: and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook, What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love & Healing. New York: Basic Books, third edition.



The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours(NASW & Div. 39) Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social workers can receive continuing education credit through NASW/CT.

If CE credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page, for our records. In addition,100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CE credit. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few days after the event, and if you attend the full conference and return that you will be sent a PDF certificate.

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CSPP Membership:  Membership is open to all mental health professionals ($85 annual dues); early career (less than 7 years since degree, $50 annual dues); retirees ($30 annual dues); and graduate students ($20 annual dues).  For further information on membership in CSPP please click here: CSPP 

Directions to the New Haven Lawn Club at 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven.  From either north or south bound directions, take Exit 3 from I-91 and go straight 2 blocks on Trumbull and turn right on Whitney Avenue. The New Haven Lawn Club is 2-1/2 blocks on right just across from the Peabody Museum.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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