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Presented by Van DeGolia, M.D.. Susan Donner, M.D., Jeanette Gadt, Ph.D. & Robert Moradi, M.D.


Dreams and nightmares of children often represent the growing ego's encounter with intra-psychic anxieties, conflicts and developmental demands and/or reactions to the external (familial and sociocultural) contexts of the child's life. For example, the monster in the nightmare of a young child might represent the necessity to face the inner "monstrosity" in one child's psyche, whereas a similar monster in another child's dream could be reflecting disturbing conditions of this child's life or even a creative combination of the two.


The value of understanding the meanings of the personal purposes, affects, images and symbols in the dreams and nightmares of children as part of the psychotherapeutic process are the topic of exploration. A panel comprised of discussants from various schools of psychoanalysis and thus different clinical approaches comment on a case presentation that includes dreams of a child.


Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to

·        Demonstrate understanding of symbolic language in children's dreams.

·        Identify transference imagery that appears in dreams

·        Recognize developmental crises in children's dreams

·        Describe the compensatory dynamics in children's dreams

·        Identify complementary dynamics in children's dreams.

·        Identify family dynamics in children's dreams.

·        Explain the value and purpose of understanding dreams in the treatment process


Van DeGolia, M.D., is Co-Dean of Training, former Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program and Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and in private practice in Brentwood.


Susan Donner, M.D., is the current Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program, training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at NCP.  She is Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and is in private practice in Woodland Hills.


Jeanette Gadt, Ph.D. is the current Chair of ICAPP (Infant, Child and Adolescent Training Program), training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is a former dean and professor at California Institute of the Arts and has a private practice in West Los Angeles.


Robert Moradi, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Emeritus Psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was former Training Director of Child and Family Psychiatry at Thalians. He currently teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Reiss-Davis Graduate Center and NCP. He is in private practice in Santa Monica.


Saturday, March 25, 2017   9:30 AM – 12: 30 PM – 3 CE Credits

$55 Pre-registration, $30 Student Rate, $65 at the door 





IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.



These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates these Live Activities for the maximum of 3 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for its programs and content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.



The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an approved provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider # PCE 674). These courses meet the qualifications for 3 continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.



The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the

California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may

claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.



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