The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and The Orthogenic School 


Bruno Bettelheim Reconsidered and The Orthogenic School Today 

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:55AM - 1:00PM

Location: The Orthogenic School

6245 S. Ingleside 

Chicago, IL 60637

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the most influential, widely known, and controversial psychologists of the second half of the Twentieth Century. A public intellectual, he dispensed advice on raising children, spoke out in the media on public affairs, and published 15 books, including several best-sellers.  His main focus during his career was in leading and developing the Orthogenic School, a pioneering residential treatment center and therapeutic school for children that is affiliated with the University of Chicago.  Bettelheim is celebrated for his innovative methods for treating emotionally disturbed children, but he has also been criticized for many of his ideas and practices.  In this conference we look back at Bettelheim and also examine what the Orthogenic School has become today.

The conference begins with psychoanalyst Cliff Wilkerson discussing how as a young man working at the School he was both frightened and inspired by Bettelheim. Then Jacqui Sanders talks about her experiences with Bettelheim at the School. She worked as a staff member under him for more than a decade and later served for two decades as the School’s Director.  Pete Myers, currently Co-Executive Director of the School, discusses what the School is like today and how it has responded to Bettelheim’s legacy. Finally, Diana Kon, the School’s other Co-Executive Director, discusses the presentations.  There will also be ample opportunity for the audience members to make comments and ask questions.

Educational objectives:  After the presentation, the participant will be able to:

a)     Relate to child, and also adult, patients, on the basis not of controlling them but understanding why they act as they do.

b)    Assess the influence of the environment on all patients, whether they are in residential treatment centers or in any environment.

c)     Decide when a referral to the Orthogenic School is indicated, based on knowledge of what the School is like today.

d)    Make use of one’s own internal feelings and reactions more effectively in deciding on interventions with patients.

A tour of the Orthogenic School is available after the conference.  Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to take part in the tour.

FEE:  Early Bird Registration thru March 21st - $40

Regular Registration - $50

Scholarship Assistance Available

Online registration has closed. Please register at the door.