An Adolescent’s Individuation Struggle Affects the Whole System
Case presenter: Aita Susi, MD
Discussants: Sarah Braun, M. D., Jungian Analyst and Maxine Margolies, Psy. D., family systems and psychodynamic psychotherapist

Adolescence is a time of growth in the development of the self. Defining the self effects the adolescent’s attachment context. It is a back and forth negotiation and re-negotiation of boundaries between the self and the connection to others. The therapist’s attention to the adolescent’s internal process may well lead to work with family members to support the adolescent’s and family’s achievement of further differentiation and maturity. A case presentation will illustrate the multi-dimensioned treatment process of an adolescent girl’s struggle to get unstuck and to proceed in the developmental process.

Aita Susi, M. D. found her true calling in the field of mental health, enrolling in a psychiatry residency after 20 yrs of work as a pediatrician. She has worked in community behavioral health, in the university setting, and in private practice. Currently she is the Medical Director of Warwick House, a residential treatment facility for children that focuses on trauma based and attachment informed therapies. She is also in private practice seeing a wide variety of children and adults for both psychotherapy and medication. She looks at a person/family as a whole and considers their emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs.

Sarah Braun, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Narberth, PA, where she works with adults as well as children and adolescents. After training in adult psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Hahnemann University and pursued psychoanalytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. Dr. Braun teaches as a member of the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute and supervises psychiatry residents at Temple University in their outpatient therapy with children and adolescents.

Dr. Maxine Margolies is a licensed clinical psychologist, treating children, adults and families. She is trained as a marital and family therapist, neuropsychologist and a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She received her MFT from Hahnemann University, her doctorate from Immaculata University and she is now in private practice in Center City Philadelphia and Flourtown.

3 CE credits will be offered

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