These workshops are designed to provide critical information regarding the impact of parent loss on children and their families, along with a variety of appropriate treatment approaches and strategies. The workshops are highly informative and practical in nature. Specific clinical situations will be presented and a variety of psychodynamic interventions will be explored in each session.

Events and Workshops


Downtown:  Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 S. Michigan, 13th floor

Reduced parking – 17 East Adams, Adams Wabash Self Park


The fee for each workshop is $50.00|$60.00 Day of Course . Continuing education credits will be provided, upon request, for each workshop attended.

The Dying Parent: How Parent and Child Cope With the Impending Loss

November 19, 2016 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Even though a child may know that a parent is dying, it does not mean he accepts the reality. This presentation will include two parts of videos; one of a child’s experience of the process he experienced and the second a video of a dying parent who leaves him with her dreams for him. The two videos depict different socioeconomic families but both with similar losses. Bryn Poulton, LCSW, Barr Harris Therapist, has spent the last ten years working with children who have dying parents including those with AIDS and other illnesses. Bryn Poulton, LCSW



BARR-HARRIS 40TH ANNIVERSARY: Changing Perceptions and Experience of Parent Loss From Childhood to Young Adult

December 3, 2016 from 12:00PM - 4:00PM

The workshops will review the changes over time that has been learned about Parent Loss both through literature and through clinical experience. Ben Garber, M.D. is on the faculty at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is the Director Emeritus of the Center after being Director for 17 years. He has published widely on the subject of loss in children. Wendy Selene, MSW is a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and a PhD student at ICSW. Her dissertation topic is Parent Loss in Young Adults 18-25. Ben Garber, M.D.; Wendy Selene, MSW

Young Children and Their Experience of Loss

February 18, 2017 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM

The experience of loss in young children can be profound and last a life yet many people ignore the impact of loss. This workshop will explore the meaning of loss to young children both from research and from clinical experience. Judy Schiffman, LCSW, Director of Barr-Harris and Associate Director of the CAPPT program at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University. Judy Schiffman, LCSW

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