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Psychoanalytic Interviewing of Trauma Victims During Civil Litigation with Gilbert Kliman, MD

October 6, 2021 — 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by The Harlem Family Institute and Contemporary Freudian Society

Program Description:

The entire series will provide an extension of the psychoanalytic view of trauma, seen through a forensic lens. As an introduction Dr. Kliman will present a few babies and young children who were badly abused. In some cases the abuse went on for decades. Teachers, case workers and institutional staff who suspected child abuse often did not properly exercise their duty as mandated reporters.  The videos capture early childhood trauma, ruptures of attachment, and the cruelty of homo sapiens to their own children. Each video and interview shown will be discussed highlighting psychoanalytic theory and treatment considerations.

The purpose of our seminars is also, in part, to train you to be alert to the problems you will likely encounter as you work with asylum seekers separated from families and detained in private jails. We should be mindful that there are reliable reports that detention facilities do not meet humane standards. Through his experiences in foster care, Dr. Kliman has learned that even babies can be mistreated and killed.

We have known children to have been starved to the point that they do not thrive. Today, since we now know there are separated babies in care of detention facilities, they are at grave risk of abuse by cruel people. The nature of human beings includes that we are capable of killing and abusing our own children. Very few species do that. But our species conducts war on itself and uses aggression against its offspring. We have to understand that and realize that the most vulnerable and developmentally consequential people in our society are liable to be harmed for lifetimes and affect our entire community and society as well as suffer themselves for their lifetimes.

In this course Dr. Kliman also uses video and case reports that focus on bereavement of a child, as many bereavements are occurring during the pandemic. He will utilize case-studies and videos to express a unifying theory of childhood PTSD, taking into account evolution, neurophysiology and the communicative use of iconic memory.  Along the way, we can learn about as moral injury and transgenerational trauma.

Gilbert Kliman, MD is a Distinguished Life Fellow American Psychiatric Association; Senior Life Fellow, American Academy Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Certified Psychoanalyst for Children, Adolescents and Adults; Recipient, 2020 Humanitarian Award of The American Psychoanalytic Association; Recipient, Rieger Award of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;  Medical Director, Preventive Psychiatry Associates, Medical Group, Inc., Medical Director, The Children’s Psychological Health Center, Inc.; Board Chairman, the Harlem Family Institute.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  1. List at least three common countertransference obstacles to interviewing traumatized children.
  2. Present a court with a plain language explanation of the effects of a particular trauma on a particular child’s course of psychological development.
  3. Create, explain, discuss and defend a life care plan for rehabilitation of a traumatized child.
  4. Discuss and explain to a jury the evidence for long term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  5. Understand, discuss and create a Rule 26 list concerning an expert witness’s experience.
  6. Explain to a jury why an expert should objectively audio and video record his or her interviews of a plaintiff.
  7. List Raskin’s criteria for evaluating the credibility of a child’s report of sexual abuse.
  8. Explain to a jury or opposing attorney the role of betrayal in the reduction of reporting sexual trauma, including the inhibiting effect of close or authoritative relationship to the perpetrator.
  9. Recognize the behavioral expressions of a traumatic experience as visible and audible in videotaped interviews of young or nonverbal children.

Program Fee: $330

To Register:
First, Pay Here, stating the payment is for “Psychoanalytic Interviewing of Trauma Victims”
Then Register Here.

Cancellations: Professionals who are unable to attend a course for which they have registered may obtain a 60% refund if they notify the Registrar (michael.connolly@hfi.nyc) in writing, no later than 24 hours before the class. Less than one day, no tuition will be refunded.

Please note: All participants will be required to sign a confidentiality guarantee. As the series will be recorded on video, participants must also agree to be recorded. Only those who consent to being recorded will be able to earn CE credits as this requires being visible throughout the presentations.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

DC, MD and VA Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credit will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 16.5 CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information:

None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


October 6, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Category:


By Zoom


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