Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect have devastating consequences for the intrapsychic and interpersonal development of the child, in large part because of what they reflect about the corrupted child-caretaker relationship. Learn about the psychodynamics and impact of child abuse.
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Psychodynamics of Child Abuse and Trauma provides an in-depth understanding of childhood maltreatment and its subsequent impact on emotional and psychological development. The course is designed to enhance clinical applications with both children and adult survivors of abuse.
It begins with a discussion about the nature of trauma and distinguishes between acute and repeated traumas. The impact of age of onset and of contextual factors surrounding the traumatic events are considered, including the child’s relationship to the perpetrator, the availability of protective relationships in the child’s social network, the type of abuse perpetrated, whether the abuse is ever disclosed and how, and the response by others to any disclosures. The course concludes with an examination of the DSM-5, which recognizes child abuse as a significant factor in the development of a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
The Instructor is Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Marriage and Family Therapist in California. He has been training clinicians for over 30 years, both in his private practice, in community counseling centers, and as a professor of psychology in graduate programs. He has a great deal of experience in treating child abuse and in teaching about the psychodynamics of child maltreatment. He is renowned for his depth of understanding of the therapeutic process and for his keen ability to translate complex concepts into terms that are clear and that can be applied to the clinician’s own work. He recently provided the chapter, “Psychodynamic theories of the family,” for the three-volume handbook, APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Therapy, edited by B. Fiese (2018) and published by the American Psychological Association.
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This course includes an online written transcript and accompanying audio files, for optional review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits. Intermediate level. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.