Child Colloquium Series

2023 - 2024 Child Collooquium Series

Program Title:Lives Across Time, Part 2:
The Clinical and Attachment Implications of a Prospective Psychoanalytic Longitudinal Study of 76 People from Birth
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2024
Time:10:00am – 12:00pm
Presenters:Henry Massie, MD, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and Nathan Szajnberg, MD, psychoanalyst, Palo Alto, CA
Discussant:Bart Blinder, MD, PhD, Co-editor, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine and University of Washington, Seattle; and Senior Faculty (Adult and Child) and Chair, Research Committee, New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles
Moderator:Courtney Hartman, PsyD, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

This is an in-person event only; remote participation is not available.

Program Fee:



2 CME/CE Credits available for free (for SFCP members) or $30 (for non-members)

Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD will discuss case studies from a prospective psychoanalytic study of paths to emotional health and illness from birth to age 30 and 60. This study, initiated by Sylvia Brody in 1964, included filmed mother-child interaction, projective psychodiagnostic assessments, and psychoanalytically oriented interviews with parents and children. Drs. Massie and Szajnberg inherited the project for the 30-year followup in 1994, which they conducted from an attachment perspective. Findings highlight the relative importance of early attachment versus later childhood trauma for subsequent emotional health. Some participants lives demonstrate how trauma can remain hidden unconsciously and/or intentionally from interviewers until it emerges years later, which raises implications for treatment. Infancy films of four participants followed to age 60 in 2023 will be shown.

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.

Bart Blinder, MD PhD is an active member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NPC), senior faculty in adult and child psychoanalysis and chair of the NPC research committee.  He is a distinguished life fellow of APA and AAPAC.   At the APA, Dr. Blinder participated in the establishment of Practice Guidelines, Commission and Caucus on psychotherapy in psychiatry and editing a major text on integrating psychotherapy and pharmacology.  He is a clinical professor and past Director of Eating Disorder Treatment Research at UC Irvine and is on the teaching faculty at University Washington and USC.  His research interests include autobiographical memory, neuro psychoanalysis, spontaneous thought and free association in psychoanalysis, treatment resistant depression, early life trauma, response to psychodynamic treatment, psychodevelopment and neurobiologic roots of somatization, embodiment and eating disorders.

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

  1. describe patterns of early mother-infant interaction and the extent to which they may be predictive of subsequent emotional health.
  2. discuss sources of resiliency in children with impaired early attachment to their parents who are doing well as adults.
  3. 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 2 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:
David Frankel, PhD & Yen Quoc, PsyD

Paul Brinich, PhD
Lilly Hanson, MFT
Courtney Hartman, PsyD
Kylie Svenson, LCSW

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