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”

Sunday, November 2, 2014

9:00 am – 3:30 pm 
registration from 9:00-9:30 am


Montclair State University
Conference Center

Guest Speaker: Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D., President of the American Psychoanalytic Association
with Case Presenter: Lee Ann Marquard, LCSW, NCPsyA

Although child psychoanalysts have used play as 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 also can inform adult treatment and possibly widen the scope of those who can benefit from psychoanalysis and increase effectiveness.

This presentation will highlight the PLAY system of the brain, as described by Jaak Panksepp in “Affective Neuroscience” (1998), and its impact on understanding the role of play in both child and adult psychoanalytic treatment. Clinical examples will highlight these findings.

Education objectives:
1. Learn basic concepts about the PLAY system of the brain
2. Learn how to integrate these concepts with technique of play in child analytic treatment
3. Learn how to integrate these findings with adult and adolescent treatment

Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D., is President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association. An adult and child psychoanalyst, he practices in Chicago and Southwest Michigan, and serves on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

Dr. Smaller is Founding Director of Project Realize, an in-school treatment and research project at Morton Alternative School in Cicero, Illinois. Project Realize was awarded the 2012 Award for Excellence by the Association for Child Psychoanalysis, and was featured in the New York Times, January 2010.


Conference Committee Co-Chairs
Ana Falcon, LPC, & Linda Sheehan, MA

5 CEs approved for Social Workers, The NJ Institute offers 5 NBCC approved Clock Hours for Counselors


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