The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia

Annual Child Conference: An Adolescent's Individuation Struggle Affects the Whole System

  • 2 Jun 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Fairmount Park Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

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Sponsored by:
The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education

The Program


Adolescence is a time of growth in the development of the self. Defining the self affects the adolescent’s attachment context. It is a back and forth negotiation and re-negotiation of boundaries between the self and the connection to others. The therapist’s attention to the adolescent’s internal process may well lead to work with family members to support the adolescent’s and family’s achievement of further differentiation and maturity. A case presentation will illustrate the multi-dimensioned treatment process of an adolescent girl’s struggle to get unstuck and to proceed in the developmental process.

Case Presenter: Aita Susi, M.D. enrolled in a psychiatry residency after 20 years of work as a pediatrician. Currently, she is the medical director of Warwick House, a residential treatment facility for children that focuses on trauma-based and attachment-informed therapies. She is also in private practice seeing a wide variety of children and adults for both psychotherapy and medication.

Discussant: Sarah Braun, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Narberth, PA, where she works with adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Braun teaches as a member of the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute and supervises psychiatry residents at Temple University in their outpatient therapy with children and adolescents.

Discussant: Maxine Margolies, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, treating children, adults, and families. She is trained as a marital and family therapist, neuropsychologist and a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  She received her MFT from Hahnemann University, her doctorate from Immaculata University, and she is now in private practice in Center City, Philadelphia and Flourtown, PA.

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