The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis announces the Conference on Youth and Violence. The two-day event, which will address the widespread societal problem of youth violence, will take place May 12-13, 2000 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, conveniently located at the corner of Washington Street and Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Cosponsors for the Conference are the American Psychoanalytic Association, DePaul University School of Law, the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs.
Early prevention and intervention efforts directed toward children at risk for violent behavior is a central focus of the its Conference on Youth and Violence. The conference will present state-of-the-art research on innovative violence intervention and prevention programs and will present the findings of research on biological factors, including genetic or congenital problems as well as delineation of environmental factors ranging from juvenile involvement in illegal drug trade to the lack of meaningful or responsible societal roles for teenagers. Presentations will address psychological dimensions, such as what a violence-prone child is experiencing, what his or her actions are likely to be, and the relationship of violent acts to early personal exposure to violence.
"Violence in our communities and in our schools is one of the most important challenges facing us as a society today," stated Robert L. Pyles, M.D., President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. "The psychoanalytic understanding of the roots of violence is a critical factor in understanding this problem and effecting a solution. The American Psychoanalytic Association is focusing its organizational and individual resources on helping to understand and solve this major problem."
The Conference on Youth and Violence will provide an opportunity for those who work with youth
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