September 6, 2017
Presenter: Theodore Shapiro, MD
Psychoanalytic treatment of children has changed mightily, even within the boundaries that all would agree is Psychoanalysis. New clinical data have called for changes in technique and theory driven by questions of what mediates change. During the latter quarter of the 20th Century and continuing today, Psychoanalysis as a therapy for children has been challenged because it has not been adequately tested as an evidence-based intervention. We must examine if and how psychoanalytic principles and dynamic thinking have been included in some modified treatments that purport to be psychoanalytic. Unbiased clinical trials must include a test of whether dynamic treatments deliver something that differentiates them from non-dynamic treatments. We must accept that these derivative interventions are indeed different from psychoanalysis in many ways but remain our only hope to gain some credibility that psychoanalytically-based treatments are efficacious and help people.
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