Rituals, fears, and obsessional symptoms are not uncommon in childhood. Many children have an excessive need for reassurance, refuse to change their habits, or throw tantrums whenever something's not going as they'd like. How are we to understand them? How to treat them? What differential diagnoses are in order? From our own day-to-day clinical practice we will try to shed some light on these questions.
Suggested Readings Freud: From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (The “Wolf Man") (1918). Catherine Mathelin, Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: The Broken Piano (1994, The Other Press).
Catherine Vanier practices psychoanalysis in Paris. She is a member of Espace Analytique, heads L’École Expérimentale de Bonneuil-sur-Marne, and is a faculty member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. Besides many books in French, she has published in English (as Catherine Mathelin), Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: The Broken Piano, and (as Catherine Vanier) Premature Birth: The Baby, the Doctor and the Psychoanalyst (1917, Karnac Press).
Location: Online via Zoom. Registration details to follow.
Fee: $40; For students with ID: $20.
For annual fee members of Après-Coup as well as for the faculty and students of the School of Visual Arts, attendance is free.