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Training Reflective Network Therapy for Preschoolers with Gilbert Kliman, MD

October 7, 2021 — 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Program Description:

A series of continuing-education seminars, including parent-permitted videos of a senior psychoanalyst treating preschool patients.

  1. What is Reflective Network Therapy? Definition, manualized process, distinction from other methods of psychotherapy for this age group
  2. Treating preschoolers with traumatic disorders:  Video illustrations of traumatized preschoolers, with an emphasis on nonverbal memory, literal physical enactments, as an introduction to later sessions with such children.
  3. Treating preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Discussion of the etiology of ASD, and relevance to harnessing social networks
  4. Examples of briefings and debriefings: Several different teams of teachers and therapists are shown establishing a field of communication about individual patients.
  5. Treating a mute Native American Girl: Illustration of transcultural applicability of this method, including use by an African American therapist with a Native American child who was traumatized by the near-murder of her younger sibling.
  6. An African American preschooler whose father has been killed: A white senior psychoanalyst enters a largely African American classroom for the first time. There is an African American head teacher. The analyst meets a frightened boy whose father has been killed. The child gradually educates the analyst about the presenting problem and the analyst responds with mentalizing the field of shared emotions and information.
  7. A Hispanic preschooler, percipient witness to domestic violence: Mother has moments earlier been scalded by father throwing hot coffee in her face. The preschooler is frantic, enacts various components of what he has seen.  The analyst and child gradually develop a field of shared information and action, culminating in the analyst interpreting the child’s block architecture and the child verbalizing as he has never done before.  This child’s IQ rose from intellectually disabled level by 31 points over eight months.
  8. Further clinical examples and follow-ups: These include 25 and 33 year follow ups of RNT treated children.
  9. Cognitive, neurophysiologic and clinical overview: With attention to various evidence compilations, control and comparison studies.

Modern psychoanalytic field theory, attachment theory, and consideration of neurotrophic factors are all considered for the participants to consider in future work. A Behavioral Observation Rating Scale for Children is introduced, which can be applied clinically and to videotaped records.

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 three or more essential components of Reflective Network Therapy
  2. Be familiar with what types of special needs preschoolers are likely to be helped by Reflective Network Therapy
  3. Explain what is a “briefing” in a therapeutic preschool context
  4. Explain what is a “debriefing”
  5. Explain and discuss the role of a “field” of information in a social network
  6. Describe instances and explain the phenomenon of mentalization
  7. Describe the Wechsler Preschool Scale of Intelligence findings among patients treated by Reflective Network Therapy versus control and comparison preschoolers
  8. Explain clinically useful resemblances between behaviors of Autism Spectrum Disorder children and behaviors of children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  9. Describe the role of a therapeutic preschool teacher when working with a child analyst in a therapeutic preschool classroom
  10. Discuss the vital role of caregivers and parents in the treatment of preschool patients

Program Fee: $270

To Register:
First, Pay Here, stating the payment is for “Training Reflective Network Therapy”
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 13.5 CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information:

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


October 7, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Category:


By Zoom


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