Using Dr. Maria Ritter’s new book, The Adventures of Wilhelm – A Rat’s Tale, (2018) written for young readers and others young-at-heart, Drs. Ritter and Colarusso will explore the significance not only of the text, but also the stories behind the story with themes of developmental stages such as adolescence separation, maturation, individuation, and of overcoming challenges and trauma with courage while breaking down cultural barriers with humor, courage and magical discoveries. The clinical use of case studies and telling stories serve as a creative, transformative investigation and an organizing and healing process for writing a new narrative now integrated within a relational experience.
- 1. To identify three challenges that mark the developmental phase of adolescence within the psychoanalytic theory.
- 2. To demonstrate the importance of writing and listening to the narratives of patients in the treatment process and their changes over time.
- 3. To list a variety of stories that have formed personal, cultural and collective values throughout the life cycle.
Maria Ritter, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in La Jolla, California. She is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, and The San Diego Psychanalytic Center. She is the author of, Return to Dresden, (2004) and, On the Path and Other Wanderings, (2015) and has published and spoken on the topic of “Trauma and Recovery.”
Calvin A. Colarusso, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst in adult and child analysis at The San Diego Psychoanalytic Center and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Volunteer Faculty at UCSD. He is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and the author of eight books.