Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Sep 28, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $140

Child Psychotherapy


Course # - CPSY x253
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6

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Course Objectives:

  • Participants will become familiar with how to conceptualize cases from a relational perspective.
  • Participants will become familiar with how to focus on the strengths of clients and parents.
  • Participants will be introduced to the connections between deprivation and delinquency.
  • Participants will be introduced to ways of incorporating developmental understanding into their clinical practice.

Course Description:

Clinicians face a host of challenges when working with aggressive, oppositional, and treatment resistant youth. This workshop will present, Relational Pragmatism, a developmentally rooted, strength-based model for evaluating, conceptualizing and treating of children with a range of externalizing disorders. In addition, participants will learn about concrete and easy-to-implement strategies for conducting supportive (C.A.R.E.) consultations with parents and classroom teachers. Through the lenses of attachment, object relations and resiliency theory, this workshop will explore practical and hopeful ways of treating frequently encountered clinical and relational issues of children. Participants are encouraged to bring cases for discussion and consultation.


Michael Axelman was born and raised in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors (Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude) from the University of Vermont, and received his M.A. in the Social Sciences and Ph.D. in Human Development: Psychology from the University of Chicago. He was awarded the John Dewey Prize Lectureship in the College, and held fellowships at the Joint Center for Poverty Research (Northwestern University/University of Chicago), and the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent clinical psychology at The Childrens Health Council in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Axelman?s research interests include school-based mental health, child and adolescent development, and the integration of parent consultation, relational psychology, and family systems theory. He consults with parents, therapists, and child care providers by phone and SKYPE, and maintains a  child and family practice in Nevada City, CA.
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