Adolescence: An Underappreciated Developmental and Treatment Opportunity

Weekend Conference February 4-6, 2022 will be held online on our secure Zoom platform


Program Date(s):

February 4, 2022 - February 6, 2022

Weekend Overview

Jack and Kerry Novick, distinguished child and adolescent analysts, will present their work with adolescents and their parents in the private practice office, online, and in challenging environments in the USA and around the world.  The Novicks will describe and apply their Two-System Model of self-regulation and development to the assessment, alliance-building, and treatment of adolescents and counselling of their parents.  Particular emphasis will be given to the concept of Building Emotional Muscle in adolescence.  The Novicks will describe a sadomasochistic (self-defeating) constellation flourishing in — and yielding to — on-line adolescent psychotherapy, and they consult to adolescent clinical material presented to them.

Participants may choose to attend the Saturday morning lecture, all-day Saturday, or whole weekend to get a full immersion in adolescence as the fulcrum for insight into child and adult functioning. Each choice comes with IPI’s signature small affective learning groups to deepen the understanding of the undervalued developmental phase of adolescence.

The course will use lecture, large group discussion, small group/GAM group discussion, case presentation and discussion and informal discussion to achieve the course objectives.

Friday 10:00am – 6:10 pm EST

Saturday 9:45 am – 6:20pm EST

Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00pm EST

Schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided.

Jack Novick, PhD and Kerry Novick, PhD

Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic institutes around the country. They are both Training and Supervising Analysts of the International Psychoanalytic Association. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England, and, in addition to their clinical work, have been active in teaching, research, professional organizations, and the community. They joined other colleagues to found the award-winning non-profit Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor and the international Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools. They have secured research grants from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, the IPA, government agencies and private foundations.Both Jack and Kerry have served as Chairs of the Child/Adolescent Analysis Committee at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Kerry has been Chair of the Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis (COCAP) at the American Psychoanalytic Association, where she was elected to two terms on the Board as Director-at-Large, and she is a past president of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis. She was Chair of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis. Jack was twice elected a North American Representative to the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and is also the immediate past President of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis.

Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively since the 1960’s, with many book chapters and over 100 articles published in major professional journals. Their book “Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism” appeared in 1996 and was re-issued in paperback in 2007. “Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work,” appeared in March 2005, and “Good Goodbyes: Knowing How to End in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis,” was published in March 2006. All three have been translated into several other languages.

“Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children,” a book originally aimed to parents and teachers, came out in 2010 and is now being used as a developmental textbook in psychoanalytic, social work and residency trainings. Their book, “Freedom to Choose: Two Systems of Self-Regulation” was published in 2016, and they have since co-edited a “Parent Work Casebook” and an “Adolescent Casebook.”



Full Conference:

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter

*Full members: $359

*Associate members: $410

Full time students: $150

Saturday One Day (morning and afternoon): $150

Saturday Morning only: $45

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Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chair

Paul Bosco, LCSW and Jill Savege Scharff, MD

Paul Bosco, LCSW

Paul Bosco is a a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Newark, Delaware, where he provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for adults of all ages. He is a graduate of the Temple University School of Social Administration, and the Family Therapy Training Program of Philadelphia (Hahnemann University). He completed the IPI two year Core Program in 2010, and the IPI Fellows Program in 2013. He has been an IPI faculty member since 2020. He has consulted as a group facilitator for the Helen Graham Cancer Center and has been a panel presenter for the Lupus Foundation of Philadelphia’s “Living With Lupus “ program.


Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP

  • Co-founder, International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI)
  • Founder, International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training at IPI
  • Founder and Past Chair, IPI Combined Child Analysis and Child Psychotherapy Training Program
  • Chair, IPI Child Therapy Training, Overseas Program
  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University
  • Author and editor of books on object relations, teleanalysis and online training

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychotherapy Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.