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BT08 Keynote 01 - Moments of Childhood Change: On Instinct or Methodically Engineered? - Lenore Terr, MD

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Keynotes |  Brief Therapy |  Children and Adolescent Therapy |  Psychotherapy
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2008
Lenore Terr, MD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2008
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Between 2003 and 2006 Dr. Terr collected 48 vignettes form 34 child and adolescent psychiatrists describing turning points in young people's therapies. Before the turning point, the child patient had been making progress, at a standstill, or doing poorly. Afterward, he or she changed dramatically for the better. This keynote will present four aspects of these dramatic changes that therapists can easily keep in mind: the therapist's persona; the therapeutic atmosphere; the therapist's correct "read" of the child; and the therapeutic reaction. Many of these moments come with careful planning. But, just as many - or more - develop in a "blink."

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe how dramatic changes in children teach us important aspects of how to do psychotherapy.
  2. To describe how the doctor's persona, atmosphere, "read" of the child, and response leads to important turning points.

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LENORE TERR, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and a private practitioner in San Francisco, California. She is a pioneer in the field of childhood trauma. Her studies of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping victims, the students who witnessed the Challenger space shuttle explosion, and the survivors of the Columbine High School attack have educated pro- fessionals and lay persona around the world. Dr. Terr is the winner of the Child Psychiatry Research Award and the Biopsychological Prize of the American Psychiatric Association. She also was given the Child Advocacy Award of the American Psychological Association. Her newest book is Magical Moments of Change. A previous book, Too Scared to Cry, has been called a "classic" by the Journal of the American Medical Association.