The purpose of this two hour webinar is to consider the various impacts of the significant sociopolitical and cultural divide that has been impacting most Americans for the last several years, with the specific intent of examining how this is affecting the content and process of psychotherapy.
As practicing psychotherapists, our work has been and continues to be influenced by these factors on an hourly basis. Given this reality, the overarching goal of this workshop is to identify best psychotherapy practices in addressing these potentially controversial issues with our clients. In order to achieve this goal, we will examine relevant ethical issues as defined in the APA Ethical Standards, review pertinent literature regarding therapist self-disclosure from several different theoretical perspectives, and discuss issues pertaining to countertransference. After reviewing these important topics, the major portion of the workshop will be devoted to utilizing clinical vignettes provided by the presenter to identify best practice intervention techniques. As previously mentioned, the Ethical Standards, literature regarding therapist self disclosure, and identification of countertransferential reactions will serve as a frame of reference for clinical discussions. Participants will first identify and discuss intervention strategies in small groups, and later summarize their discussions with the full group of attendees. It is hoped that the clinical vignettes will stimulate lively small and large group discussions and this case conference format will be found useful to practitioners working with a variety of psychotherapy clients. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to complete a Program Evaluation and earn a Certificate of Attendance.
To clearly identify the major impacts of the cultural divide on the content and process of contemporary psychotherapy
To examine the relative impacts of therapist self-disclosure on the therapeutic process
To identify personal countertransferential reactions and their potential impact on the therapeutic relationship
MICHAEL E. KRAMER, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Kramer is a Licensed Psychologist who has been in Private Practice in Portland, Maine since 1984. He received his Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and completed a Clinical Internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Kramer has a varied clinical practice that includes providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He is also an Organizational Consultant who provides a wide array of services to non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition, Dr. Kramer has a strong interest in Sports Psychology and works with high school, college, and professional athletes.
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