Virtual Conference
Neuroscience conference 2022

Gilbert Kliman

The Children’s Psychological Health Center and The Harlem Family Institute, USA

Title: Regularity of IQ rise with an interpersonal therapy


A method called “reflective network therapy” has been in use since invented in 1965. It involves synergistic in-classroom psychodynamic work including teachers, peers and parents, focused on one patient at a time. Each child in a group of 8 or 10 patients is treated for 15 minutes every school day. The method requires a couples of minutes of inclassroom discussion with child and teacher before each inclassroom play session with the child. A couple of minutes of debriefing by child and therapist with teacher occurs after each session.  Parents are given guidance weekly. One year outcome data  from  81  treated preschoolers versus 63  control and comparison preschoolers in ten projects shows an unexpected but regularly occurring phenomenon: rise of third party measured full scale IQ. Whether studied prospectively or anterospectively, whether autistic or traumatized, regardless of geographic location, the phenomenon occurred in ten data sets. It is dose related, greatest rises occurring among the patients with most sessions.  A  parent permitted video will be shown of such work with a percipient witness to domestic violence. His FSIQ gain was 31 points in  8 months. Discussion: psychological and neuronal consequences seem likely from intensive interpersonal treatment with in a reflective social network.   


Gilbert Kliman MD is a 1953 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a Distinguished Life Fellow of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalysis   He has authored over 90 papers and books, often testifies in children’s litigation, supervises several clinical services and is one of the world’s most experienced child clinicians.