2016 SCIENTIFIC MEETING | Rose Vasta
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue, Terrace Room, Vancouver, BC
Antisocial and Acting Out Behaviour in Relation to the Development of the Adolescent Mind
The ability to tolerate hope, with gratification to occur only at some point in the future, demands a tolerance for frustration that is not always feasible for the adolescent. In her paper, Dr. Vasta uses the theories of Bion, Boris, Klein, Winnicott and others to examine the concepts of hope and hopelessness during adolescence. In doing so she describes various treatment considerations in the analysis of young people with various antisocial and acting out problems, such as cutting, eating disorders, drug abuse and truancy. Dr. Vasta uses clinical examples to illustrate how a capacity to sustain continuous shifts between the opposing forces of hope and hopelessness, crucial for ongoing psychological development and growth of the mind during the teenage years, is related to the adolescent’s ambivalent relationship toward time and the attempt to slow down time and prolong adolescence until help is found.
Rose Vasta, PhD, FIPA, is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Institute, a member of the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, the current secretary of the Vancouver Institute of Psychoanalysis and an assistant clinical professor in the Island Medical Program of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Vasta received the Miguel Prados Essay Prize from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society in 2011 for her paper “Bion’s Negative Grid”. She maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis in Victoria, British Columbia, treating both adults and adolescents.
At the end of this event participants will be able to:
View the adolescent with antisocial or acting out behaviour, not as pathological, but as attempting to prolong the period of adolescence, allowing more time to find a significant person to provide sufficient emotional structure for growth of the mind to occur.Develop an appreciation of the function of desire when frustration tolerance is tested beyond endurance in the adolescent.
Gain a better understanding of the manner in which the mind of the adolescent develops using the theories of both Bion and Klein.
Develop an appreciation of the function of desire when frustration tolerance is tested beyond endurance in the adolescent.
The 2016 Scientific Program Committee: Judith Setton-Markus (Chair), M.Ed., R. Psych, Karin Holland Biggs, PhD., RCC, James Fabian, MD, FRCPC, Endre Koritar, MD, FRCPC, Catherine Young, PhD, R. Psych.
The event is an accredited group learning activity as designed by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 2.75 hours CME credit.