Child Development: Adolescence
Sally D. Clement, Ph.D.
Adam Libow, M.D.
April 4, 2018 - June 13, 2018
8:40 - 10:00 PM
The goal of this course is to broaden your knowledge of the psychoanalytic understanding of adolescent development. Following a review of papers that shaped the early psychoanalytic understanding of adolescent development, we will examine several concepts that are key to a contemporary analytic conception of the adolescent period: separation from parents and the movement toward adulthood and adult sexuality, the defensive use of action in adolescence, identification and identity, and the consolidation of the superego and the ego ideal. In our final meetings, we will focus on the transition from late adolescence to young adulthood, and on manifestations of adolescent conflict in adulthood. We will use clinical vignettes and two novels (The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, and On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan) to illustrate these concepts and issues.
Syllabus 2017 - 2018
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. discuss key concepts integral to the analytic understanding of adolescent process: identification and identity, separation from parents and the movement toward adulthood and adult sexuality, the consolidation of the superego and the ego ideal, and the defensive use of action in adolescence.
2. "hear" adolescent themes in their clinical treatment of adult patients, thus targeting their clinical interventions with greater attunement to their patients’ ongoing, unresolved adolescent struggles and conflicts.
Each student's participation in class discussion and his or her demonstration of understanding of the course objectives and reading material is assessed in a written evaluation by the instructor(s).