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Open House Event: "Why Aren't We Curious About Nannies?"

Date: Feb 20, 2013 8:00 pm

The Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPTP) of the William Alanson White Institute invites you to an Open House Event:

"Why Aren't We Curious About Nannies?"


Presenter: Susan Scheftel, Ph.D. Faculty, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research and the Columbia Parent-Infant Program


Discussant: Kim Rodman Psy.D. Graduate, William Alanson White Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, School Psychologist P.S. 87


This talk is an exploration of a topic which has remained relatively unformulated in our work with children and parents. Though nannies have a ubiquitous presence among professional working women and men, and are frequently involved in the lives of patients seen in private practice, their complicated psychological significance for both employers and charges has rarely been considered. This talk will explore how the nanny's literal position can engender ambivalence in parents and children alike, since she is necessarily there when the parents are not. The actual, reality-based power of the nanny as placeholder for parents in their absence can be threatening to parents, and efforts to deny their importance can lead to complications in their relationship to the nanny and the nanny's relationship to the children. In the first part of the paper, clinical examples are used to underscore the complexity of the nanny's role, while the second half of the paper draws upon the text of the children's classic, Mary Poppins, to further explore the subject


Collation will follow.


William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023


There is no charge for this evening but seating is limited. RSVP NOW to reserve a space!


Contact Diane Amato at:
212-873-0725, ext. 20