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CAPTP Colloquium: Psychoanalysts Reflect on Parenting Today’s Young Adults: Personal Takes on Modern Love, Loss and Longing

Date: Nov 15, 2018 11:45 am

Psychoanalysts Reflect on Parenting Today’s Young Adults: Personal Takes on Modern Love, Loss and Longing

Nancy Crown, Ph.D. and Billie Pivnick, Ph.D. Contributing Authors/Presenters

Moderated by Anne Adelman, Ph.D., editor of Psychoanalytic Reflections on Parenting Teens and Young Adults:  Changing Patterns in Modern Love, Loss and Longing


This presentation draws on our explorations of how both contemporary and long-established trends influence the ways in which families move through the child’s transition to adolescence and young adulthood in the current era of technological, social, sexual, and political change, and in a time of greater awareness of difference—neurological and otherwise.

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Dr. Nancy Crown will discuss the complexities of raising a child with autism and will describe how her personal discoveries as the mother of an adult daughter on the spectrum inform her work with this population and help to address some of its associated challenges.


Dr. Billie Pivnick will discuss the multifaceted developmental trajectory of parenting adopted teens and young adults.


In moderating this presentation, Dr. Anne Adelman will set the stage for reflective dialogue about guiding and supporting today’s youthand the complex issues they face, tocreate new understanding and genuine curiosity, and to foster greater flexibility in considering the broad developmental spectrum of young adulthood. We hope to deepen our understanding of family resilience, maturational processes and the developmental achievement of autonomy that is the hallmark of young adulthood in the modern age.


Anne A. Adelman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is the editor of Psychoanalytic Reflections on Parenting Teens and Young Adults: Changing Patterns of Modern Love, Loss and Longing (Routledge, 2018), co-author of Wearing my Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories(2011) and co-editor of The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby(2013), both with Columbia University Press. She is a faculty member of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and the New Directions Writing Program and maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Nancy J. Crown, Ph.D.is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice on the upper west side of New York City.  She works with children, adolescents and adults, including some of whom are deaf and communicate using Sign Language.  She is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, and faculty at both the William Alanson White Institute/ Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program.  She teaches and publishes on a variety of psychoanalytic topics.


Billie A. Pivnick, Ph.D.is a Psychoanalytic Psychologist in private practice in Greenwich Village, specializing in treating children and families confronting difficulties with traumatic loss, including those that result from adoption and mass catastrophe.  She is faculty and supervisor in the William Alanson White Institute Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, the New Directions Program in Psychoanalytic Writing, and Columbia University Teachers College Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program. She also served as Consulting Psychologist to Thinc Design, the exhibition designers partnered with the National September 11 Memorial Museum.  She is the author of some two dozen articles published in academic texts and peer-reviewed journals.


Learning Objectives


1. Attendees will be able to identify ways that unique sensory processing contributes to behaviors and challenges common to children and adults on the autism spectrum.


2.  Attendees will be able to identify the unique challenges for teens and young adults of the experience of adoption and will learn sensitivity to and awareness of adopting conversations.


3.  Attendees will be able to describe changing patterns in the developmental trajectory and contemporary familial dynamics of the transition to young adulthood.