Focus On – Boys in a Bubble

Boys in a bubble: Digital addiction, alienation, and dissociation in the treatment of adolescents

Robert Tyminski, DMH

Tuesday Oct 8 to Tuesday Oct 22, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

flyer3 session course on modern adolescent and young male development and treatment issues

Young male patients, not to mention adult men, spend hours each day interacting with screens rather than with real people around them. In this series, we will use a combination of case material and readings to explore how cyberspace becomes an alternate container for many boys and men in distress. Special attention will be paid to the role of alienation in young male psyches, in particular, how it seals off access to one’s inner world. Discussions will focus on how to think about and work with felt states of brokenness when young male patients lack language to describe what they are feeling. We will delve into what states of alienation mean for the psyche in terms of relationships and fantasies, including how apocalyptic fantasies of destruction may flame self-destructive, violent behaviors. Finally, we will think about which psychological forces disrupt the internal containment needed for development, the role of fathers and struggles with identity formation, as well as treatment considerations that are unique to male patients. Relevant readings from Male Alienation at the Crossroads of Identity, Culture and Cyberspace will be used for this course.

October 8th, 2019 7:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
Event Fee(s)
General Admission $ 125.00
PINC Members $ 100.00
Students and Candidates $ 75.00
(4.5) CE Credits $ 45.00