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COURSE SIX – Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents Strong Children

Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents Strong Children

Course Coordinator and Leader: Barbara Burrows

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am: January 22, 29, February 5,12,19, 26, 2022. (6 sessions)

Fee: $270 per family or individual

Deadline for registration is January 15, 2022
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This 6-session applied psychoanalytic course is based on the work of Jack and Kerry Novick, psychoanalysts from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who have more than 100 years of psychoanalytic experience between them. In their book Emotional Muscle – Strong Parents Strong Children they say:

“Some children turn out to be especially pleasant to be around, other children want to be friends with them, their parents were people we respected and enjoyed. Similarly, in our practice and consultations, parents we worked with became more thoughtful and brave, more open and relaxed, happier and prouder of their children.”

Think with parents, clinicians, and Early Childhood Educators about helping children from 0 to 5 years develop resiliency and confidence. The course explores how psychoanalytic principles can help children become kind, joyful, confident, productive, and creative members of the community. It will outline the developmental tasks in each age category and discuss how adults can help children master these tasks.

The leader will lead the discussion of the assigned readings and participants will be encouraged to share their child-rearing/teaching challenges.

A chapter from the book Emotional Muscle – Strong Parents Strong Children will be discussed at each session. For those wishing to purchase a book, Caversham Book Sellers is working to get the copies we need. Please order early to insure availability.

Learning Objectives:

What you might hope to get from this course:

  1. A greater understanding of how unconscious conflicts in adults (parents or teachers) can impact children’s capacity for impulse control.
  2. A greater understanding of the specific characteristics and developmental challenges of each age group from birth to five years.
  3. How to help children master the development tasks at each level to allow for healthy psychological development.
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Barbara Burrows BA, ATPPP, R.P.

Psychoanalyst in private practice in Burlington, ON. In 1985, she founded Positive Parenting Inc., and for many years offered courses and published Parent to Parent Magazine to help parents gain a greater understanding of unconscious family dynamics and psychoanalytic principles to help with their child rearing questions.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2021/2022 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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