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Workshop on A Dangerous Method: Processing Sexual Boundary Threats in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Andrea Celenza, PhD, Muriel Dimen, PhD, Thomas M. Brod, MD, Joseph Aguayo, PhD, & Sandra E. Fenster, PhD



Workshop on A Dangerous Method: Processing Sexual Boundary Threats in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

With its inherent intimacy, cloistered sessions, and risks of sexual boundary violations, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is still a dangerous method for patient and therapist. This program, with its workshop format, examines the circumstances in which sexual violations develop, typical transference/ countertransference dynamics, traumatic sequellae for transgressor and victim, training issues, and more. The workshop pays particular attention to the importance of the factors that both minimize boundary violation and support therapists’ flexibility in boundary management. Participants will be helped to process perceptions and misperceptions of their clients and patients at the fuzzy borderline of propriety.
“When your doctor breaks the faith, your own faith trembles. And when you are, as I was, psychoanalytically uninformed, greatly distressed, and much regressed, you cannot afford to lose your faith in the process. So you don’t notice, and you don’t notice that you don’t notice, and you don’t bring it up, because you fear he will either disavow or acknowledge his role: if he’s bad and denies it, then you’re crazy, and if he’s good and cops, then you have no right to be angry and your anger makes you bad and so it’s your fault and, voilà, you’ve no right to speak at all. And you don’t tell anyone else because you don’t want them to tell you to leave the analyst whom you need beyond reason.” –Muriel Dimen, PhD
"Another way to address the problem turns the whole question of sexual misconduct on its head. Rather than ask why sexual misconduct occurs, we might usefully consider why in most cases it does not. Love of one sort or another regularly finds its way into the intensely intimate experience of the psychoanalytic process. Why, then, aren't boundary violations more common? What are the safeguards most of us employ to prevent our crossing boundaries all the time?"—Andrea Celenza, PhD.
Course Objectives:
·         Identify several therapist behaviors in psychoanalytic psychotherapy that increase the risk of sexual boundary violations;
·         Identify organizations structures useful in minimizing therapist/analyst sexual boundary violations;
·         Help early-stage therapists in supervision recognize counter-transference related boundary issues;
·         Trace the historical paths psychoanalysis has taken in learning to deal with sexual boundary issues;
·         Learn how therapists can protect themselves when working creatively with fragile and borderline patients.
Andrea Celenza, Ph.D., featured speaker, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, Faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Celenza has consulted with, evaluated, supervised or treated over 150 cases of therapist-patient sexual boundary transgressions. 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. She is the author of Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts and is currently working on:  Erotic Transference, Erotic Countertransference, and Erotic Perversion in the Analytic Setting. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. 
Muriel Dimen, Ph.D., featured speaker, is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Lehman College (CUNY). On the faculties of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Adelphi University Derner Institute in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, she is Editor-in-Chief, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and an Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Dimen authored Sexuality, Intimacy, Power; Surviving Sexual Contradictions.  Dr. Dimen’s presentation is based on her 2011 paper “Lapsus linguae, Or a slip of the tongue? A sexual violation in an analytic treatment and its personal and theoretical aftermath.” She practices and supervises in Manhattan.
Thomas M. Brod, M.D., conference coordinator and moderator, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and teaches psychoanalysis at NCP. He has coordinated many programs at NCP on the arts and psychoanalysis; he coordinates the NCP Friday Film Series. He directs the Self-Regulation Medical Group and EEGym® in West LA.
Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D., presenter and group leader, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California. Dr. Aguayo holds UCLA doctorates in clinical psychology and European history. He is in full-time private practice in West Los Angeles and he holds IPA research fellowships that have allowed him to merge his clinical and research interests by specializing in the history of Kleinian psychoanalysis. He recently submitted a book-length manuscript, Klein and Bion, Contemporaries and Successors in London, 1914-Present to the New Library of Psychoanalysis press in London.
Sandra E. Fenster, Ph.D., presenter and group leader, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California where she recently completed a three-year term as Dean. In 1999-2000, Dr. Fenster served as an associate member of the North American Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in which she published a film essay in the IJPA on regression in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Dr. Fenster is in private psychoanalytic practice in Beverly Hills with adults and couples, and continues to write about psychoanalysis and film. She has a special interest in the treatment of erotic transferences.
Donald Marcus, M.D., group leader, is a Training and Supervising Analysy at both the New Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Center of California. He has published articles on countertransference, self-disclosure, and sex and love in analysis. Most recently he co-authored a book with a patient, Taking Risks from the Unconscious: A Psychoanalysis as Experienced from Both Sides of the Couch.
8:45    Registration and Refreshments
9:00    Welcome and Introduction Thomas M. Brod , MD
9:10    Sexual Violation in Analytic Treatment: Clinical Lessons from Personal Experience. Muriel Dimen, PhD
10:00  What is…A Hug? Sandra Fenster, PhD
10:15  Danger in the Method Joseph Aguayo, PhD
10:30  Discussion w/audience led by Muriel Dimen, PhD
10:50  Break
11:15  Transgression & Misstep: Transference, Counter-transference, and the Slippery Boundary. Andrea Celenza PhD
12:00  Process Groups  (Participants will be assigned) Drs. Aguayo/Fenster/Marcus
12:45 Lunch (provided)
 1:30  Discussion w/audience led by Thomas M. Brod, MD
 1:45  Transgression and Misstep, Part II. Andrea Celenza PhD
 2:45  Discussion w/audience led by Andrea Celenza PhD
 3:00  Process Groups (Participants will be assigned) 
                             Drs. Aguayo/Fenster/Marcus                          
 3:45  Full group Discussion led by Sandra Fenster, PhD
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 AM-4:30 PM   CE/CME credits: 6
This course should qualify for continuing education credits in Ethics
Registration is limited to the first 60 enrollees.
$115 Pre-registration
$125 Day of Event
$ 65 Clinical associates, residents, interns, & students
 Lunch is provided
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum number of 6 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using its form. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.
The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an approved provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and LMFTs/MFTs (provider # PCE 674). This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity may be claimed for credit.
The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.