2019 Western Regional Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Conference


Saturday, November 2, 2019

8:30am until 9:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30am until 10:00am:  Introduction and Welcome

10am until Noon


Idealization and its Danger in a Restrictor Anorexic Girl

Dr. Campbell will present six and one half year analysis of a 14 ½ year old restrictor anorexic girl. 

This case demonstrates the use of interpretation within the patient’s metaphor to reduce transference fear and anxiety in order to keep the patient involved in the analytic process, to avoid patient loss or stasis.  In the restrictor the dynamics of underlying fear of the developmental progression to and into individuation is the problem.  Food restriction is the surface symptom and it will disappear when developmental fears are sufficiently worked with through interpretation.  It is this that will allow exploration of the underlying cause leading to food restriction, thus allowing development to proceed.  

Presenter:  Robert Campbell, M.D., Bellevue, Washington

Discussant: Martin Bullard, MSW, Seattle, Washington


Lunch Provided: Noon until 1pm


Saturday Afternoon 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Update on Western Regional On-line Classes in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

Rex McGehee, MD, Denver Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Roderick S Hall, PhD, San Diego Psychoanalytic Center


Saturday Afternoon 2:00pm to 4:00pm  

Child Analysis 2.0, Jonah and the Internet

Dr. Donner will present the case of an adolescent boy’s interaction with the internet and how that interaction became a part of the teenager’s psychoanalysis.

Presenter:  Susan Donner, MD from the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles

Discussant: Alan Sugarman, Ph.D.  San Diego Psychoanalytic Center


Optional Dinner

Location of the dinner to be announced

Saturday November 2, 2019 6:30pm


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Continental Breakfast 8:30am to 9:00am

Sunday Morning 9:00am to 11:00am

The Little Princesses Reading fiction to deepen the psychoanalysis of an 11-year-old girl in a two-system approach This presentation reports on the 2-year analytical treatment of a girl who was referred by her parents due to a worsening trend of anger, irritability, mood swings, social anxiety, and fight-and-flight reactivity. The treatment was structured on a two-system approach, described by Kerry and Jack Novick (Working with “Out-of-Control” Children—A Two-Systems Approach 1 ). While the work on the issues of distorted object relations, ego deficiencies, and difficulties with affect regulation was the backbone of the treatment, the analyst and the patient discovered their shared love for reading fiction which facilitated, expanded, and deepened the analytical work significantly. Multiple books were read or discussed over the course of 2 years. These books were utilized to create therapeutic metaphors and symbolic meanings to form an emotional language and express unconscious wishes and fears. The presentation emphasizes sessions with intense transference and counter transference that highlights the challenges of analytical work with disturbed children, and the critical importance of the analyst’s supervision and analysis. At the end, the presentation covers the termination process and treatment outcome.

Jack Novick & Kerry Kelly Novick (2015) Working with “Out-of-Control” Children—A Two Systems Approach, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 69:1, 155-188, DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2016.11785527).   

Presenter:  Larry Mortazavi, MD, Denver Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


Register before October 10, 2019 for a discount

Registration will be $125.00 for the conference, $50.00 for graduate students, residents, analytic candidates, and students in psychoanalytic psychotherapy programs if made before October 10th, 2019

Registration after October 10, 2019 and On-Site Registration will be $150.00 for the conference, $75.00 for graduate students, residents, analytic candidates, and students in psychoanalytic psychotherapy programs


Dinner on Saturday night is optional

and an additional $100.00 per attendee.



Contact: Michelle Spencer sdpc.michelle@gmail.com 

San Diego Psychoanalytic Center

4455 Morena Blvd, Suite 202,

San Diego, CA  92117


You may also register and pay online at:


When Registering online please indicate you are paying for the Western Regional Child Conference 2019


Hotels and Accommodations:

There are many fine hotel accommodations in San Diego.  You may browse one of the hotel reservation sites such as Expedia or Hotels.com to find what you would prefer, you may find some waterfront hotels in downtown San Diego which would only be a 15 or 20 minute drive to the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center or contact you may contact the San Diego Hilton which is just down Interstate 5.  They have a block of rooms reserved for the event but the deadline to register is October 2nd, 2019.  Their information and a link to register is below:

To make a reservation at the San Diego Hilton you can call at 619-276-4010 press 1 and speak to our in house reservation or book through Personalized Online Page: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SANHIHF-WRC119-20191101/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Additionally, I have listed a few crucial dates you should be aware of as the start of your stay approaches.

Guestroom reservations cutoff date:  Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
Guest room cancellation cutoff date:  (7) days prior to arrival date



Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 11:00am
8:30 am - 9:30 am on 11/2/19 - Breakfast & Registration



4455 Morena Blvd.
Ste. 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Before Oct. 10th: $125 ($50 for students) After Oct. 10th: $150 ($75 for students)