Does Our Codependency Help or Harm Our Clients?

Presented by Darlene Lancer, JD, MA, MFT on 09-20-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Codependency is a widespread occurrence that can negatively impact one's individuation, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships while creating a cascade of symptoms. People experiencing codependency tend to have trouble accepting and being themselves, so they hide who they are to be accepted by someone else.

The same problems stemming from codependency can arise in the therapeutic relationship. Therapists unaware of how their own codependency affects their countertransference may not only experience anxiety and burnout, but may also stagnate therapy and even harm those in treatment. The presentation will address countertransference issues involving fear of abandonment, denial, control, guilt, caretaking, boundaries, and the handling of missed appointments, termination, and fees. Participants will gain specific strategies to avoid these pitfalls and intervene therapeutically, to set and maintain boundaries, and to implement practice policies. This presentation will be based upon the article featured in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) magazine, The Therapist.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify and understand the symptoms of codependency in the context of a disorder of the self;
  2. Obtain a road map for treating codependency;
  3. Identify their different types of countertransferences and how codependency interferes with positive treatment outcomes;
  4. Utilize specific strategies to avoid codependent pitfalls, set and maintain boundaries, and implement practice policies.

If you have any questions about this web conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

Therapists who are not taking care of their own needs start to feel . . . that their clients are too needy. That might be a red flag to you that you’re neglecting your boundaries, that you’re letting your clients take advantage of you, or you’re not taking care of yourself.

[By] setting boundaries, you’re also showing the client that you can say no and still care about them. You’re modeling setting boundaries that they probably are not doing in their own life. So it empowers them; they haven’t had a role model. They probably had a parent with no boundaries or they were authoritarian parents. So there was no empathy—that you can actually understand them and care about them and still care about yourself, that you have conflicting needs. So this is really modeling behavior for the client. - Darlene Lancer, JD, MA, MFT

Meet the Presenter

Darlene Lancer, JD, MA, MFT

Darlene Lancer, JD, MA, MFT

Darlene is a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of Codependency for Dummies and 10 Steps to Self-Esteem: The Ultimate Guide to Stop Self-Criticism. Ms. Lancer has counseled individuals and couples for 25 years and coaches internationally. She is skilled in psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, and Gestalt techniques as well as hypnosis and meditation, with expertise in treating codependency, addiction, trauma, relationship issues, and life transitions.

In addition to her work as a therapist, Ms. Lancer is also a public speaker, college lecturer, group facilitator, and AAMFT-approved supervisor and has been a practicing attorney for 18 years. You will find her writing featured on several internet mental health websites, including her own. For more information about Darlene Lancer and her work, please visit www.darlenelancer.com

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.