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Playing with Intention: DIR/Floortime and Relational Child Psychotherapy

Date: Mar 9, 2017 11:45 am

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

William Alanson White Institute

20 West 74th Street, Room 3A



Thursday, March 9, 2017

11:45 am to 1:00 pm




Playing with Intention:

DIR/Floortime and Relational Child Psychotherapy

A dialogue between Drs. Serena Wieder and Ron Balamuth


This colloquium will provide us an opportunity to share the unique aspects of the DIR/Floortime method and explore how they can be integrated with interpersonal/relational approaches to child psychotherapy.

- Dr. Wieder will discuss developmental capacities and how individual differences contribute to the pathway to emotional challenges.

- Dr. Balamuth will explore the various ways that Floortime-informed treatment can

expand our understanding of children who experience trauma, and attachment disorders.

We are looking forward to a lively discussion with the audience about how to apply DIR principles to their practice with children who show a wide range of developmental and emotional challenges.



Serena Wieder,  Ph.D. is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of Zero to Three and also serves on Advisory Boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs.  She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs.

At this time Dr. Wieder also has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.


Ron Balamuth Ph.D. is faculty and supervisor for the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the William Alanson White Institute. A graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and an Adjunct Professor at the Teachers College Doctoral Psychology Program at Columbia University.  He has been teaching and writing about DIR/Floortime with Drs. Serena Wieder and Stanley Greenspan for many years.  Dr. Balamuth is Certified as a Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapist and has advanced training in clinical hypnosis.  He is on the faculty of the Contemplative Studies Program of the NYU Post Doctoral Program where he teaches classes and leads study groups integrating mindfulness and meditation with clinical practice. Dr. Balamuth is in private practice in New York City where he consults with children adults and couples, and conducts study groups.


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