THE BORDERS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY: BOUNDARIES IN THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

The psychodynamic concept of intersubjectivity seems to present the therapist with a paradox.  On one hand, the therapist is responsible for the ethical imperative of setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with the client.  On the other hand, the intersubjective perspective challenges the idea that therapist and client are separate minds, suggesting that what happens in the therapeutic relationship is a “therapeutic third” that is co-created by therapist and client.  How do we set boundaries in a relationship in which we can’t say where we end and the client begins?  This seminar will encourage a thoughtful and disciplined exploration of how to maintain boundaries in a relationship that follows its own psychological rules.
This course provides 6 hours of continuing education in Ethics for psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists.

 

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This seminar qualify for 6 hours of Continuing Education credits in Ethics
(3 hours seminar + 3 hours self study)
Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs


img_3622aMatthew Bennett Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Reiss Davis Center in Los Angeles


WHEN: 
DATE: November 19th, 2016, Saturday
TIME: 2:00 pm am-5:00 pm
# of CE CREDITS: 6
3 hours of seminar + 3 hours of self study

WHERE:
Montecito Library
1469 East Valley Road
Montecito, CA 93108

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 ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The principle of intersubjectivity in psychotherapy emphasizes that therapist and client are not separate minds but mutually influence one another. From this point of view, anything the patient does or says in the therapeutic alliance is influenced and co-created by the being of the psychotherapist. This seminar will review some of the principles of intersubjectivity and explore the ethics of setting boundaries in psychotherapy in light of this perspective of intersubjectivity. Specifically, we will explore themes around managing emotional reactions (transference and countertransference), self-disclosure and emotional honesty, collusion and confrontation, multiple streams of communication (email, texting, social media etc), and others as determined by the course of the interaction within the seminar. An important organizing principle in this discussion will be the intersubjective value of grounding boundary issues in an emotionally honest dialogue with the client. NOTE: An article is assigned for reading prior to the seminar. Participants will be asked to incorporate this article into their discussion during the seminar, and to affirm that they read the article in order to receive credit.
Required Reading

Dimen, M. (2011). Lapsus Linguae, or a Slip of the Tongue? A Sexual Violation in an Analytic Treatment and Its Personal and Theoretical Aftermath. Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 47: 36-79.

In order to receive CE credit for this seminar, please read the following article prior to attending the seminar. It is available in PDF form on Muriel Dimen’s website at: www.murieldimen.net under the “Works” tab. Participants will be asked to affirm that they read the article in order to receive credit.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR CE:
  1. Participants will be able to differentiate and critique competing perspectives of “isolated” mind vs the “therapeutic third.
  2. Participants will be able to implement at least two intersubjectively based strategies for ethical decisions about setting boundaries.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least two different possible ethical implications of the lack of intersubjective attunement to boundaries.
SCHEDULE:

1:45 - 2:00 pm   REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN

2:00 - 3:00 pm   REVIEW OF PRINCIPLES OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY  

  1. Theory of one mind vs. the idea of the therapeutic third
  2. Implementing intersubjectivity in psychotherapy

3:00 - 4:00 pm   DISCUSSION OF THE DIMEN ARTICLE AND ITS CLINICAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS

4:00 - 4:15 pm   BREAK (approximate time)

4:15 - 5:00 pm   DISCUSSION OF RELEVANT CASE CONTENT          

4:50 - 5:00 pm   SUMMARY AND QUESTIONS


SEMINAR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT INFORMATION:

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs (as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences) and psychologists (as required by the California Psychological Association).

The Aeolian Center is approved by the California Psychological Association (provider # AEO001) to provide continuing education seminars for professional education for psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs. Aeolian Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

To complete the course, and receive 6 CE credits attendees must:

  1. Be present for the entire time of the course
  2. Sign in at the beginning and out at the end
  3. Complete self study prior to attending the seminar, by reading the required material. The article is available in PDF form on Muriel Dimen’s website at:  www.murieldimen.net under the “Works” tab. You will be asked to confirm that you familiarized yourself with the study materials.
  4. Complete a written evaluation of the course
  5. To receive CE credit full attendance is required - No partial credit.

Certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of each course to those who have registered and paid for credit and fulfilled the requirements listed above. A replacement transcript can be provided if one is lost for no additional fee.

The Aeolian Center has not received any commercial or monetary support for this event or speaker, content of instruction (e.g., research grants, funding research findings etc.) or any benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, etc.) that could be construed as a conflict of interest.


CANCELLATION/ REFUND POLICY:

Cancellation by Aeolian Center: The Aeolian Center reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any event, for which registrants will receive a full refund or credit.

Cancellation by participant: If participant cancel the enrollment up to 48 hours prior to the event, he or she will receive a refund of the full fee minus a 25% service and administrative charge. No refunds for cancellations received after 48 hours prior to the event.

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COPY OF LOST CERTIFICATE:

A replacement certificate can be provided after the event if one is lost for no additional fee (if sent by email). To receive a copy of your continuing education certificate, please submit online request here (button below) or contact us with any additional questions.