Relationships, Play and Playfulness: A Developmental View

The class has reached maximum enrollment- no new registrations are being accepted at this time.

Norka T Malberg, PsyD

Friday, March 15, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am Registration
9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Who should attend: Anyone raising children, interested in children and/or working with children. Including: parents (biological, adoptive and foster), grandparents, teachers, early childhood educators and providers, pediatricians, nurses, paraprofessionals and DHS workers.

Dr. Norka Malberg will talk about Play and Playfulness, how they are the main way in which human beings find themselves and others. This presentation will focus on the developmental, social, and emotional benefits of play and the value of playfulness for children and adults. Examples of how play and playfulness helps us manage emotions, relate and communicate better and support children in the process of learning and growing will be presented.


SAMIS Education Center
OU Children's Hospital
1200 Children’s Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Map to the SAMIS Education Center

Registration by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, please print off the following brochure and mail it with your check to: OSPS, PO Box 12683, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. If you have questions about registration, please email Polina Varner at

Norka Malberg Brochure


Dr. Norka MalbergNorka T. Malberg, PsyD., is a certified child psychoanalyst. She trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London and obtained her clinical doctorate from University College London under the supervision of Dr. Peter Fonagy for her work on clinical applications of attachment theory to working clinically with chronically ill adolescents. She is currently in private practice in New Haven, CT where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Malberg is an associate member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and a clinical instructor in the newly founded child psychoanalytic program. She is currently a special member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society and a seminar leader at their Continuing Education Division. She is a member and seminar leader at the Contemporary Freudian Society in New York City. She serves on the board of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis and is past president of Section 2 (Children and Adolescents) of American Psychological Association’s Division 39 (Psychoanalytic Psychology).

Dr. Malberg is co-editor of the Anna Freud Tradition, the first volume in Karnac’s Lines of Development Book series. She is on the editorial board for the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child and the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Dr. Malberg is the co-editor of the Child and Adolescent Sections of the PDM-2 (Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual). She is one of five authors of the book: Time limited MBT-C (mentalization-based therapy) that was published by the American Psychological Association Press in 2017 and was featured as guest master clinician in the APA Video Series illustrating MBT techniques.