Once Upon A Time: The Developmental Wisdom of Fairy Tales

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3 Sessions: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Schedule: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Lecture/Presentation; 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Group Discussion


Once Upon a Time: The Developmental Wisdom of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales fascinate us. Despite vast changes in our culture they are the stories that are consistently and vibrantly renewed in many art forms. In recent years there has been an explosion of “retelling” of classic fairy tales in film, poetry and literature. In these three weeks, we’ll look at classical texts of several of the original Grimm’s fairy tales, and discuss the vivid and compelling ways that they illustrate psychoanalytic theories of development. We'll also read, watch, and discuss a few modern interpretations of these stories while we observe the ways that cultural shifts have affected changing ideas of development in childhood.


Jane Hanenberg, EdD

Psychoanalyst Member, Supervising and Training Analyst, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training program, BPSI. Private practice in Watertown, MA.



Program Administrator
Lauren Lukason: llukason@bpsi.org
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org
Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com



Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan (cnathan@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to www.bpsi.org, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.


This course is open to beginning and intermediate licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the developmental material presented in three fairy tales;
  2. Discuss the clinical applications of fairy tales;
  3. Apply the course material to ideas of contemporary changes in child development;
  4. Summarize and explain the acculturation of development.


Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $275 Early Bird (use code: EB2020FT); $230Regular (through 2/10/2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 4.5 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.





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