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From Constricted Tomboy to Resilient Teen: Rethinking the Analysis of an Adolescent Girl’s Conflicts featuring Shoshana Shapiro Adler, PhD (Salon)

  • November 08, 2022
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom.
  • 1


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


The purpose of the salon is to gather in an informal setting to share basic and applied psychoanalytic principles that help you explore your interest in psychoanalysis and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy.


Description: This Salon is designed for psychotherapists and analysts interested in the intensive psychodynamic treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Adler will describe in-depth analytic work with an early-stage adolescent girl whose treatment ended when she was 14 years old. She struggled with reactions to her parents’ divorce during this time as well as her own anxieties around aggression and separation, and conflicts around autonomy and control. Participants will be able to identify adolescent conflicts over the search for emotional independence and apply this expanded insight to more general work with children navigating the often-tumultuous pulls during early adolescence. The detailed clinical work brings the theoretical considerations ‘to life’ and provides more therapeutic tools at this development juncture. Dr. Adler also will reexamine this past clinical work through her current point of view. She presented this program previously as a workshop at the 2022 national Association for Child Psychoanalysis meeting.

CME Objectives:

  1. Describe two psychodynamic factors central to the constructive expression of aggression during early-stage adolescence.
  2. Describe two ways in which the analysis of defense contributes to greater coping skills at this age.

Biography: Shoshana Shapiro Adler, PhD, known as “Shana,” enjoys helping her patients overcome obstacles to their creativity, success, and relationships. She is a child and adult analyst and licensed psychologist. She is on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and adjunct child faculty at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. She has taught and supervised both nationally and internationally, particularly for psychoanalytic training programs in Chengdu and Yichang, China. In addition to her clinical practice, Shana co-leads a monthly peer supervision group with Anita G. Schmukler, DO for interested Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP) members. As coordinator of the Schools Committee of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society (DPS), she consults in the Denver Metro area (see DPS’ School Outreach Service). Integrating two of her long-standing interests, she chairs the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Study Group on Meditation and Psychoanalysis.


Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering. 

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $30
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $40
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Donations may be made at the time of registration to help offset program costs.

Registration: Registration is required and limited to 25 participants. Once we have 25 registrants, a waitlist will be available for those who are interested in attending. Those on the waitlist will be notified by email if any spots become available. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Registration closes November 5, 2022. 

Format: This salon is an informal gathering that will take place virtually using Zoom and have a limited group size. Please keep your microphone muted while others are speaking.

Confidentiality: During salons we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this salon. No recording of case material is allowed. 

Cancellation: If, after registering, you can no longer attend, please notify the DPS office at office@denverpsychoanalytic so we may allow those on the waitlist to join. There will be no refunds after November 5, 2022; any refunds prior to November 5th will be less a $10.00 administration fee. Please retain your CME certificate for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend class and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. Enabling your video while participating is strongly encouraged. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event. For virtual events, CME credit will be equal to the actual time participated.

CME Disclosures:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of American Psychoanalytic Association and (name of nonaccredited provider). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)

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