A Developmentalist Perspective on the First Year of Life and Applications to Therapy

Presenter: Joseph Lichtenberg, MD, Director Emeritus, ICP+P; Editor in Chief, Psychoanalytic Inquiry & Author: Psychoanalysis and Infant Research
Discussants:  Mauricio Cortina, MD and Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN,  MSN, BC

This program was offered on  Saturday, September 28, 2013


Internationally acclaimed author and psychoanalyst Dr. Joseph Lichtenberg will present his reconceptualization of the developmental process leading to the origins of sense of self as an affective agent. His view of a non-linear dynamic systems model of development emerges from research on neonates and infants and from observation of infants in interaction with their primary caregivers.  The implications of this developmental model will be applied to psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Dr. Lichtenberg will discuss the research contributing to identifying early indicators of maladaptive development. He will also discuss his innovative synthesis of eleven human qualities and capacities formed in the first year that influence all further development including individuals` participation in the therapeutic process. An adult clinical case will be discussed to illustrate these qualities and capacities.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss recent observational research on infants’ first year of development as the foundation of a sense of self.
  2. Recognize factors in caregiver-infant interaction that contribute to adaptive or maladaptive development.
  3. Describe qualities and capacities formed in the first year that influence all further development and contribute to the ease or difficulty of later therapy.

This conference is intended for professionals at all levels of experience.

Continuing Education Credit

3.0 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet  the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP&P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP&P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ICP+P Member: free
Non Member: $90.00
Full time Student: $35.00


Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD, Mauricio Cortina, MD and Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-label (non-FDA-approved) use of products or devices.