The Jane Roiter Sunday Morning Seminars
Therapeutic Essentials for Challenging Times
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Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Anna Lieblich
Ending Together: Termination in Psychotherapy
We learn a lot in our training about how to do therapy, but not much about ending it. How therapy ends affects how clients and therapists assess the entire therapy. In this workshop, we will explore ways to understand endings and make them meaningful for both clients and therapists. We will compare the ways termination is conceptualized and carried out in classical analytic therapy, behavioral therapy, object relations therapy, and relational therapy. Different kinds of endings will be considered, such as endings forced by circumstance. We will pay particular attention to the emotions stirred up by ending, and to psychological factors that make therapy end well, badly, or not end at all. Many clinical examples will be discussed.
November 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Laurie Kahn
Love and Trauma: A Hidden Taboo?
“When they were children, my clients were abused by someone they believed to be trustworthy—someone who professed to love them… Their abusers—a father, stepfather, priest, coach, babysitter, aunt, neighbor—are usually people who inhabited their daily lives. They offered love when caring was otherwise in short supply. Love is what my clients want, and love is what they say is not going well.”
In her recent book Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma by Loved Ones, Laurie Kahn explores the implications within and outside the therapeutic relationship of what she has come to understand as her client’s Traumatic experience of Love.
In this seminar, Laurie will define a traumatic experience of love and outline the implications and difficulties for the creation of a therapeutic alliance. She will explain shame based narratives as an enduring impact of childhood trauma and as failure of love and will discuss how the dynamics of dissociation and betrayal blindness contribute to reenactments and revictimization. Finally, there will be a discussion of how therapy can be instrumental in teaching new models of love.
December 10, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Georgia Jones
The Mindful Therapist: How to Transform the Therapy Hour into a Therapeutic Meditation
The therapeutic “space” contains the fullness of the individual therapist, the individual client and the dynamic relationship between them. It is critical to be both highly attuned to and able to differentiate between these. In this workshop, we will explore the therapist’s own ability to be mindful within therapy sessions as a critical skill to identify the origins of emotions, move deeply into the client’s inner world, and protect against overwhelm and burnout. Mindfulness will be technically defined as a specific state and ways to cultivate this state explored.
March 11, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jane Roiter Sunday Seminars – Irwin Hoffman and Ruth Sterlin
Political Implications of Psychoanalytic Scientism, Technical Rationality, and the Medical Model: A Conceptual Framework and A Case Presentation By Ruth Sterlin, LCSW
The medical model, or more broadly what Schön calls “technical rationality,” has three major interrelated political consequences for psychoanalytic work. First, it reduces people’s problems to disorders that are relatively homogeneous across individuals and that call for standardized treatments rather than encouraging attention to whole persons characterized by “consequential uniqueness” and indeterminacy as to their potentials. The uniqueness of the patient combines with the uniqueness of the therapist, the dyad, and the moment, so that even systematic empirical research, like case studies, yields only possibilities to consider, not definitive prescriptions for how people in a certain group should be treated. Second, the medicalization of problems wrings the element of choice out of whatever the difficulty may be. As a result, it subtracts moral struggle from the complex suffering and desires of the patient and from the responses of the therapist. Third, by focusing exclusively on the individual, even on the individual in the context of family, it assumes that the sociopolitical surround is the necessary reality to which people must adapt, rather than a culturally relative construction that might be implicated in the “symptoms” of individuals and that, in principle, could be changed.
April 8, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Co-Sponsored with Jewish Child & Family Services
Conference Planning Committee:
Karuna Bahadur, LCSW, Carol Crane, LCSW, Margaret Grau, LCSW, Mary Ann Jung, LCSW (Co-Chair), Eric Ornstein, LCSW (Chair), and Jane Pinsof, LCSW
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