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Scientific Program Meeting

Meeting the Challenge of Treating Atypically-Wired Children using Psychoanalysis

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Susan Sherkow, M.D.
Discussants: Alexander Kalogerakis, M.D. and Robert Scharf, M.D.

This presentation aims to demonstrate the confluence of psychoanalysis and neuroscience, in the context of the internalization process in neurodevelopment. Dr. Sherkow will present clinical material from the analytic treatment of an “atypically wired” five and a half year old boy, focusing on the child’s mental representational world, and shedding light on: 1) distortions in the child’s mental representation of mother and being mothered, caused in part by atypical neurocircuitry; 2) the impact of these distortions on the mother, the child, and the mother-child relationship; 3) how these distortions come through in the transference; and 4) how psychoanalysis can help “rewire” the brain to allow for a secure internalization of the mother.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Susan P. Sherkow, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and a Supervising Analyst and Instructor in the Child and Adolescent Division of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is also on the faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry at both Mount Sinai College of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Sherkow has been a key figure in the development of psychoanalytic modalities of diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in young children and adolescents. She has presented on the application of psychoanalytic developmental theory to the treatment of ASD at the American Psychoanalytic Association, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Yale Child Study Center, where she received the Ritvo prize in 2010 for excellence in the field of Child Psychoanalysis, and TEDx. She has published extensively in JAPA and the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, and she co-authored the book Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience. In 2012, she founded the Sherkow Center for Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder, a not-for-profit organization created to provide support for training, treatment, and research in the area of developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alexander D. Kalogerakis, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Child/Adolescent Supervising Analyst and member of the Faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a member of the United Nations Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. His chapter in the 2016 volume The Status of Women is entitled "Women and Migration: Children on the Move".

Robert D. Scharf, M.D. is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Chairman of NYPSI's Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •