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PCPE Ethics Workshop

  • 23 Oct 2011
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Haverford College


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Sexual Boundary Violations: How Do They Happen?

Sunday, October 23rd, 1-4pm

Invited Speaker: Andrea Celenza, Ph.D.

Workshop Description

There is widespread concern about the problem of sexual boundary violations in professional relationships, especially within the analyst-patient relationship. This workshop will include a review of the prevalence, types of transgressors, precursors in transgressors, traumatic sequellae for the victims, and recommendations for prevention. Eight precursors to sexual
boundary violations have been identified. Many of these precursors refer to unresolved narcissistic pathology in the professional. Most of these character issues bear on the analyst's temptation to exploit the power imbalance inherent in the asymmetric structure of the professional relationship. Other precursors that commonly occur in these cases involve situational and life stressors in the analyst’s life. All of these precursors will be highlighted in order that the analyst may be aware of the vulnerabilities and potential blind spots to consider throughout his/her professional life.

Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and Faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has authored and presented numerous papers on the evaluation and treatment of therapists who have
engaged in sexual misconduct with a focus on training and supervisory issues. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award and the Felix & Helena Deutsch Prize for her paper, "The Threat of Male to Female Erotic Transference." She is the 2009 recipient of the Symonds Prize, for her paper: The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Countertransference: Searching for Radial True." Her book, Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts, was published by Jason Aronson in 2007. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is currently working on a new book: Passions and Perversions in the Therapeutic Setting. For further information you can go to Dr. Celenza's website at: http://www.andreacelenza.com

Learning Objectives

This course will provide participants with the ability to identify
misunderstandings about the problem of sexual boundary violations.

1. Participants will be able to identify the eight risk factors associated with sexual boundary violations.
2. Participants will be able to describe the most typical transference/countertransference scenario where sexual boundary violations occur.
3. Participants will be able to clarify the nature of the power imbalance in therapeutic, academic and supervisory contexts.

CE Credits

Three (3) CE credits are available. CE credits meet the requirement for PA licensure Ethics CEs.

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers.

Haverford College Bryn Mawr Room, Dining Center. 370 Lancaster Ave. Haverford, PA 19041.

Parking: Visitor Lot;
See Campus Map: www.haverford.edu

Registration Fees and Information

Members of PSPP: $95
Nonmembers of PSPP: $105

Online registration is available at the PCPE website http://www.pcpeonline.org

or by mail to:
P.O. Box 275
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. --- Cancellations will receive a $75 credit toward future programming.

Light refreshments will be served.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak, Ph.D., at bzslovak@comcast.net or 610-896-7228.

For further information

Please contact: Rebecca Ergas, Ph.D., at rergas@haverford.edu or 610-526-9846

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