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Help for High-Risk Teens

By Staff Editor
May 2, 2012 - 11:56:26 AM

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The Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP) presents its
2012 Award for Excellence to the Analytic Services to Adolescents Program (ASAP) for its work with high-risk adolescents in Chicago.

( - Santa Fe, NM - May 2, 2012 - The ACP Award for Excellence is being presented at the ACP’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Analytic Services to Adolescents Program (ASAP), a joint project of Morton Alternative High School in Cicero, Illinois, and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

The central goal of the ASAP project, just finishing its 6th year of operation, is to foster the healthy psychological, social, and educational development of its high-risk student participants, with a specific focus on helping them to achieve graduation from high school.

Morton Alternative High School, located in Cicero, Illinois, begins each academic year with approximately 40-50 high-risk students and provides a traditional high school curriculum as well as individual and group psychotherapy. The students attending Morton have been expelled from their public high schools because of severe behavioral problems, are burdened with multiple internal and external problems and have, by definition, not been effectively reached by any other interventions. These students know Morton is their "last stop" and that if they cannot "make it" at Morton, there is nowhere else for them to go.
Mark Smaller, PhD, Director and Founder of the program, will address the Association, describing the work at the school and the utilization of psychoanalytic developmental principles, as well as the outcome of the interventions.

Association for Child Psychoanalysis, Inc.
7820 Enchanted Hills Blvd., #A-233
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Telephone: 505.771.0372
Fax: 866.534.7555
Email: [email protected]

The ACP gives its annual award to a program which utilizes psychoanalytic principles and exemplifies the highest level of service, training, outreach and/or research.
Dr. Smaller noted that, although students need an opportunity to share and discuss current and past trauma in individual and group psychotherapy, they also are desperate for an opportunity to focus on normal adolescent desires, ambitions and goals. ASAP’s therapeutic techniques are organized around responses (observations, interpretations, and concrete and practical assistance) that will facilitate forward-moving developmental strivings, instead of focusing on regressive behavior.
About the ACP
The Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP), founded in 1965, is an international association of mental health professionals who specialize in the intensive psychotherapeutic treatment of children and their families.
The 2012 annual meeting brings together leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychoanalysis, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, and other professionals. More than 150 attendees and guests are expected.
For more information, contact Denia Barrett, MSW, ACP President, at [email protected] or (216) 849-8858 and/or Mark Smaller, PhD, ASAP Director, at [email protected] or (312) 447-0605


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