*CANCELLED* “Making a Person”: Psychoanalytic Work with Autistic and Psychotic Anxieties in Childhood

April 11, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

** We regret to inform you that this event event has been cancelled due to the situation with COVID-19. If you have already registered, you will receive an email with further instructions. 
Joshua Durban, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of The Israeli Psychoanalytic Institute, is an internationally known child and adult psychoanalyst specializing in therapeutic work with autistic and psychotic children, adolescents, and adults. The paper he will present, "Making a Person": Clinical Considerations regarding the interpretation of anxieties in the analyses of children on the autisto-psychotic spectrum, is an erudite and emotionally moving work about his psychoanalytic treatment over several years of Rafael, a boy with a mixed clinical picture of autism and psychosis.
Historically, child and adolescent patients manifesting autistic and psychotic pathology have been very challenging to treat, and psychoanalytic approaches have been regularly criticized. In this presentation, Joshua Durban reviews the development of certain psychoanalytic trends that have emerged in recent decades that many clinicians find helpful in reaching these patients. After summarizing some of these approaches, Durban presents in depth his analytic treatment of a young adolescent patient with a mixed clinical picture of autism and psychosis. Durban proposes an "autisto-psychotic" level of primitive anxieties and demonstrates the effectiveness of this perspective in the rich clinical material presented. 
Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
  • Explain early infantile autistic states and their development throughout adolescence and young adulthood
  • Discuss the various levels of anxieties, defences, and unconscious phantasies involved in autistic states of mind
  • Describe the different technical requirements and interpretive levels involved when working with autistic states of mind
  • Assess how the total transference-countertransference situation may be utilized to establish contact with the withdrawn patient in order to promote change
Joshua Durban is a Training and Supervising Child and Adult Psychoanalyst at The Israeli Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where he also teaches. He works in private practice in Tel Aviv with children, adolescents, and adults and specializes in the analysis of ASD and psychotic children and adults. Mr. Durban was one of the first clinicians to psychoanalyze ASD children in Israel. He is Founder and Co-Chair of The Israeli Psychoanalytic Inter-Disciplinary Forum for the Study of ASD, a joint venture of The Israeli Psychoanalytic Society and The Israeli National Health Service. He is also on the faculty of The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, the Psychotherapy Program, the Early Mental States Unit, and co-founded the Post-Graduate Kleinian Studies Program there. Joshua Durban is the Scientific Editor of The Collected Works of Melanie Klein and has articles appearing in such publications as the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of Child Psychotherapy, the American Journal of Psychotherapy, and Psyche. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the IPA International Inter-Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. 
Susan L. Donner, MD, is a training and supervising analyst, child and adolescent supervising analyst, and senior faculty member at NCP, where she also chairs the Child Psychoanalytic Program and serves as Director of NCP's Infant, Child and Adolescent Clinic. She is an associate clinical professor in Psychiatry at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine and a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Woodland Hills.

Patricia O'Brien, PhD, adult and child psychoanalyst, is a graduate of The Psychoanalytic Center of California, where she also teaches and serves on PCC's Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Program Committee. She has a PhD from the University of Michigan in developmental and clinical psychology and is in private practice in West Los Angeles treating young children, school-age children and adults.


8:30 am                       Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am                       Conference introductions: Dr. Jennifer Langham

9:15 am                       “Making a Person”:  Joshua Durban

10:30 am                     Coffee break

10:45 am                     Discussant: Dr. Susan Donner

11:15 am                     Audience discussion

Noon                            Lunch break

1:30 pm                        Clinical presentation: Dr. Patricia O’Brien

2:45 pm                        Audience discussion

3:15 pm                        Closing remarks: Dr. Jennifer Langham

$125 Early Registration (by April 1st), $145 Registration after April 1st, $75 Student rate


Target Audience: This conference will be informative for mental health clinicians from all disciplines at every level of development and students as well.

"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

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  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of ths CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: 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 providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.