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CAPTP Lecture: Sustaining Civilization in an Uncivilized Time: An Analytic Developmental Vantage

Date: Jan 10, 2018 7:30 pm

The Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Graduate Society of

The Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

William Alanson White Institute

20 West 74th Street

New York, NY



Wednesday, January 10, 2018​

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Sustaining Civilization in an Uncivilized Time: An Analytic Developmental Vantage


Ava Siegler, Ph.D.



In the context of the profound psychological perils of the Trump presidency, Dr, Siegler will discuss the crucial role of parents in the transmission and internalization of significant cultural values.  She will explore some specific aspects of child development that produce what we call, “good character,” and explain how the so-called “Trump Effect,” demonstrates a striking absence of these aspects, threatening our children and our democracy.



Dr. Ava Siegler is the author of “How Do I Explain This? Parenting in the age of Trump,” as well as “What Should I Tell the Kids? A Parent’s Guide to Real Problems in the Real World,” and “The Essential Guide to the New Adolescence.” These books attempt to popularize and disseminate analytic developmental thought.


Dr. Siegler has been a psychoanalytic educator for over 35 years, appointed as a clinical professor at New York University and serving as the Dean of Training of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. In 1990, together with colleagues, she founded the Institute for Child, Adolescent & Family Studies, where she has trained over 150 child and adolescent clinicians.

In addition, Dr.Siegler has served as a forensic consultant to the New York State Supreme Court in cases affecting children, teenagers and their families.  She maintains a private practice in Manhattan.


Attendees will:


1.  learn how current events are impacting children depending on their developmental levels and family support systems;

2.  learn strategies to help children develop more resilience to be able to cope in the current political/social environment;

3.  be provided with strategies for working with parents to help their children, and schools to help them develop programs to develop and enhance children's resilience and coping skills.



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Refreshments to Follow




This is an invitation to explore and consider the many ways of thinking about the treatment of children, adolescents and their families.  How do we understand the person before us?  What is helpful in the short-term?  What produces lasting and meaningful change?  We will consider developmental, neuroscientific, and psychoanalytic approaches to understanding the meaning of symptomatic behaviors.