In our work with clients, we can encounter transference dynamics when a client is attracted to or acts seductively toward the therapist. Additionally, many therapists and counselors will confront or have confronted their own sexual attraction to a client. Anyone who develops therapeutic relationships with clients is vulnerable to such feelings, which arise from normal human emotions and countertransference. If not properly addressed, these feelings and issues can have grave consequences, up to and including loss of licensure, arrest, and imprisonment. Most professional training programs do not adequately prepare people to cope with these issues.
This web conference will help participants to increase their awareness of the dangers of dual relationships, ignoring personal feelings, and failing to confront inappropriate client behavior. Therapeutic and anti-therapeutic seduction, how and why clients seduce, and therapeutic power dynamics will be discussed to aid participants in setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries in the therapeutic environment. Research-based evidence will be provided during the web conference.
This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:
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"I found the frank discussion of the commonalities of transference and countertransference was the most important piece of this workshop. I appreciated the honesty that the presenter conveyed when she discussed the often-taboo topic of transference and countertransference, especially with regard to sexual attraction. I think that opening up more frank discussions of these phenomena will encourage therapists to keep it in the back of their minds at all times and emphasize strong and clear boundaries with clients so this becomes a thing of the past." - Kristen Martinez, MEd, EdS, LMHCA, NCC
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 solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
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.
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.
Premium or Pro Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium or Pro Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.
Dr. Patterson earned her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University's Alcohol and Drug Education and Rehabilitation Program and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. She is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, board certified as professional counselor, and state certified in Tennessee as a clinical supervisor, and Dr. Patterson has enjoyed working as a program treatment counselor and administrator for over 25 years. She is also certified by the NAADAC as a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional, and she is a Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist.
Dr. Patterson founded Footprints Consulting Services, LLC where she serves as a professional trainer and clinical supervisor. She has 20 years experience as a trainer on addictions and professional counseling and mental health issues. She also sits on the board for the American Psychological Association Executive Committee.
Dr. Patterson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in 2005, the Mel Schulstad award in 2006, and the NAADAC’s National Professional of the Year award. She has authored and published articles in professional magazines and is currently working on writing her first book. For more information about Dr. Patterson and her work, visit www.footprints-cs.com.