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Program Title:A Psychoanalytic Study of Lives Across Time (Part 1):
Paths to Emotional Health and Emotional Illness from Birth to 30 in 76 People
Date:Monday, February 5, 2024
Time:07:30pm – 09:00pm
Presenters:Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Location:San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(remote option is available)
Program Fee:Free

1.5 CME/CE credits are available for free (for SFCP members) or for $18 (for non-members)

After the program ends, SFCP will email all participants a program evaluation form.  The completion of this evaluation form is required for everyone who requests CME/CE credits.  For non-members, you will be required to pay for the CME/CE credits after completing the evaluation form.

Join us for the first part of the LIVE ACROSS TIME program series, where Dr. Henry Massie, MD, and Dr. Nathan Szajnberg, MD, present the groundbreaking 30-year prospective longitudinal study on emotional development, spanning from birth to age 30. In this session, we delve into the overarching findings of this extensive project, offering a comprehensive understanding of the emotional journeys of our participants, and a preview of the 60-year followup findings.

This study began its exploration during the third trimester of pregnancy, capturing intimate moments of mother-child interaction through filmed observations. It continued with developmental assessments and psychoanalytically oriented interviews involving parents and children. These participants were closely monitored throughout their journey into adulthood, with Dr. Massie and Dr. Szajnberg adopting an attachment-based perspective.

Our discussion will highlight the relative significance of early attachment experiences in contrast to childhood trauma in shaping emotional growth. Within the narratives of some participants, we’ll uncover how emotional and physical trauma may remain concealed, either unconsciously or intentionally, during meticulous interviews, only to emerge years later.

We invite you to explore how these profound findings can empower clinicians to make a lasting impact on individuals who have endured emotional and physical trauma. Discover the transformative potential of this study in guiding the healing and growth of those who have embarked on unique life paths.

Henry Massie, MD is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and longtime member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He was formerly Training Director in the Child Psychiatry Residency Program at St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, and formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine. He has published extensively on child development and its disturbances in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and with Nathan Szajnberg authored Lives Across Time: Paths to Emotional Health and Illness From Birth to 30 in 76 people. He has also developed, with B. Kay Campbell, the Massie-Campbell Scale of Attachment During Stress Scale which is a screening tool for troubled parent-infant interaction which is in use world wide. Dr. Massie is based in Berkeley, CA.

Nathan Moses Szajnberg, MD completed psychoanalytic training at the St. Louis Institute.  He is the retired Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University. He has received two NIMH awards in Adolescence and Infant Psychiatry and worked with Dan Stern, Bruno Bettelheim, Peter Blos and Bob Wallerstein. He was the Wallerstein Research Fellow in Psychoanalysis 2005-16. He received the Ticho Award in 2012.

He has written several books on development in Ethiopian children, Israeli soldiers and co-authored Lives Across Time with Henry Massie.

His most recent books are Psychic Mimesis from Bible and Homer to Now and The Secret Symmetry of Maimonides and Freud 2023. His third novel (2023) is A Windmill, A Knight, A Ghost, A Jerusalem.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. describe components of a psychoanalytically informed study of emotional growth from infancy to adulthood.
  2. describe patterns of early mother-child attachment and the extent to which they are predictive of subsequent emotional health.
  3. discuss sources of resiliency in children with impaired early attachment who are doing well as adults.
  4. consider interventions in families to prevent subsequent mental health problems in adults

Accreditation Statement for CME/CE Sponsorship and Disclosure Statement​

APA and ACCME Accreditation Marks

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

—Updated July 2021—

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CE credits may report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper).

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency

Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

Commercial Support: None

Program Co-Chairs:
Cheryl Goodrich, PhD & Henry Massie, MD

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