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Playing at All Ages:  Lessons from Child Work for Difficult Adult Patients

Presented by David Pauley.

This workshop seeks to help participants expand their repertoire of options in therapy with so-called difficult patients: those who are non-expressive, devaluing, overly repetitive, silent or engaged in destructive patterns of behavior in therapy or in their wider lives. Metaphors and strategies drawn from play therapy with children will form the core of the presentation. Among the types of scenarios we will consider are: the mouse, the bully, the wild child, the insatiable baby, the rule-defier, the seductive prince/princess, etc. The goal is to help participants uncover the ways in which play is happening in every therapy (even those that do not feel playful) and to embrace their position in the therapeutic playspace as a means of catalyzing change.

David Pauley, LCSW has been “playing” with adult and child patients in his practice for two decades. A graduate of PPSC and Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, he has published papers on child work, LBGTQ issues, group therapy and narcissism. He has taught for many years at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and in 2012 joined the faculty of PPSC.

Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

80 Fifth Avenue, Room 1408

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On May 16, 6:30-9:00 PM, Dan Wile, PhD, will present “Collaborative Couples Therapy: Turning Fights Into Intimate Conversations” at the PPSC Annex.¬† Click here for more details and ticketing.