Scientific Meeting
Sat, Nov 2, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW
Daphne de Marneffe, Ph.D.
Kadija Johnston, LCSW
Maria St. John, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$15 General Public
Free NCSPP Members
$10 CE Credit

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($15 discount off full fee). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.



Course Overview: 

The end of the 20th century ushered in a new era of women working outside the home.  Now commonplace in the 21st century, women are both full-time professionals and full-time mothers; a dual role that ultimately requires that a 3rd party - in the form of nanny, preschool teacher or family daycare provider–enter the family.

This presentation deconstructs the modern family by investigating the cultural, social and economic beliefs that interfere with an understanding of how babies and young children are cared for, who provides that care and what caregiving arrangements may be optimal when thinking about how children flourish.

The presentation addresses the psychodynamic conflicts, psychosocial issues and developmental concerns that arise (a) during a mother’s transition from maternity leave to working outside the home;(b) within the childcare provider’s developing relationship with the mother and her baby  and (c) the ongoing development of the infant within the triadic relationship they form. 

Course Objectives: 

Participants will:

  1. Learn the historical, cultural, social and economic beliefs that influence our ideas about the modern family, working mothers, babies, and childcare providers and apply the influence of these ideas to patients in their caseload.

  2. Describe maternal identity, infant development and caregiver identity as it emerges within the triadic relationship they form.

  3. Analyze the psychodynamics evoked in the mother during the process of seeking and choosing a child care provider, and apply these to concepts of “maternal identity”.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is open to NCSPP Members, interns, intermediate and advanced students of psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as members of the lay public.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

There are no refunds for cancellation of this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Melissa Kohner, Ph.D. at 510-868-2218.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.