MITPP Open House & Clinical Presentation ‘Thirteen and Broken-Hearted’ 6/20/12

160 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024 o (212) 496-2858
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Aly, who came to treatment at 13 years old, was born with a congenital heart disease: a failed heart. At that time, open heart surgery was scheduled immediately, followed by medications, emergency room visits and a pacemaker. Her childhood was completely controlled and dictated by her heart. Yet Aly became a powerful presence in and out of therapy yearning for life and normalcy, just wanting to experience freedom. Her complicated family situation–life with a guilty, resentful, intrusive grandmother and a father battling the grandmother for custody from afar–added to the challenges of this treatment. The therapeutic relationship seemed to gel almost instantly out of the patient’s overwhelming need for help during a period of transition, loss and adjustment. Challenges soon became apparent. In this presentation, a complex treatment of an adolescent with a history of serious medical issues from birth and an embattled family will be discussed.

PRESENTER: Melba Villar, L.M.S.W. is a graduate of The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy’s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program.

LOCATION: 160 West 86th Street (outside entrance, between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues)

RSVP: Space is limited. There is no fee but you must reserve in advance. For reservations: please contact Ivy Vale, Registrar, at (212) 496-2858 or email

Training opportunities, including flexible scheduling and financial options to fit individual needs,
will be described following the presentation.

Refreshments will be served.

MITPP, chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers three certificate programs: a three year program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Adults, a two year program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and a program leading to New York State licensure in Psychoanalysis for those with Masters Degrees who don’t qualify for licensure in the established mental health professions. Social Workers may qualify for the LCSW through their training at MITPP. Matriculants see patients at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, which is licensed by the Office of Mental Health. MITPP’s low tuition of $1,000 per semester includes all supervision and
coursework. Courses are also offered on a non-matriculated basis.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2012 semester

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