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205 Theories of Development III Latency – 2 seminars

Seminar Leader: Dr. M. Wiesenthal

Course Description

The course teaches the stages in the Latency phase of development and applications of the theory to treatment. The concepts central to understanding Latency are clarified: attachment and autonomy, the play theory and metaphors of the body, specifics of the setting for psychoanalysis of a latency child, sexual differentiation, pre-oedipal transference transformations.

Course Objectives

Candidates will learn:

  1. to understand the features of the latency phase of development: (1.1). To integrate knowledge of human development across the lifespan; (1.1). Integrate knowledge of the psychological significance of moral, social, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and biological development between the ages of 5 ½ – 11 years old.
  2. to understand the concepts of attachment and autonomy: (1.1). Integrate knowledge of contextual and systemic factors that facilitate or impair human functioning.
  3. to use the knowledge of the role of “play” in the therapeutic action in treatments for children and in adult treatments: (5.2) to apply knowledge gathered to enhance practice.
  4. to understand the sexual differentiation of behavior; (1.1) to integrate knowledge of the psychological significance of sexual and gender development
  5. (5.1) to remain current with professional literature, by reading classic and current literature relevant to latency age development.
  6. (5.1) to determine the applicability of information to particular clinical situations:
  7. Candidates are required to consider how the information in this course is applicable to the development of children, to lifespan development, to therapeutic work with their patients both with respect to their patients’ own development and with respect to their patients’ relationships with their own children.

Seminar 1

Required Readings

Bornstein, B. (1951). On latency. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 6, 279-285.

Scott, W.C.M. (1961). “Difference between the playroom used in child psychiatric treatment and child Analysis”. Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal, 6, 281-285.

Benveniste, D. (1998). “Play and the metaphors of the body”. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 53, 94-95.

Seminar 2

Required Readings

Knight, R. (2005). The Process of attachment and autonomy in latency. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 60,178-207.

Scott, M. (1998). “Play and therapeutic action: multiple perspectives”. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 53, 94-101.

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