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NJI's 36th Annual Conference - Co-sponsored by the NJ Society for Clinical Social Work

Neuroscience and the Brain's PLAY System:  Implications for Adult and Child Treatment - "Loving to Play, Playing to Love"

Guest Speaker:  Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D.
President of the American Psychoanalytic Association

with Case Presenter:  Lee Ann Marquard, LCSW, NCPsyA

Although child psychoanalysts used play as a means to work with children throughout the history of psychoanalysis, recent findings from neuroscience have offered a new perspective on play and the PLAY system of the brain and its impact on child analytic treatment. Since we were all once children, this perspective can also inform adult treatment and possibly widen the scope of those who can benefit from psychoanalysis and increase its effectiveness. This presentation will highlight the PLAY system of the brain, as described by Jaak Panksepp in "Affective Neuroscience" (1988), and its impact on understanding the role of play in both child and adult psychoanalytic treatment. Clinical examples will highlight these findings.  

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5 CE approved for Social Workers by NJSCSW
5 NBCC approved clock hours for Counselors
NJ State Registered Professional Development Provider

30 East Normal Avenue, Montclair NJ  (click here for directions and parking information)

Earlier Event: September 7
NJI Open House