This conference will explore ethical, clinical and training issues for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists that arise when patients present material about the abuse of power and sexual misconduct in their own lives. Experiences of sexual harassment and abuse are moving front and center for many patients in their sessions at this time as a by-product of the #Metoo movement. Since clinicians can also be survivors of such experiences, they are at risk of over-identifying with patients. The various dynamics within shared trauma that can potentially compromise the therapist’s capacity to practice in an ethical and therapeutic manner will be drawn out.
Sexual boundaries violations and non-sexual abuse of power remain a significant problem within the profession of psychoanalysis. The presenters will highlight and discuss the vulnerabilities through which sexual boundary violations can occur in the offices of well-meaning clinicians. The presenters will also discuss challenging power dynamics within training institutes towards candidates.
This workshop aims to help professionals practice in an ethical manner when treating victims of abuse of power, to understand the circumstances that make clinicians vulnerable to committing sexual violations, and to explore detrimental aspects of power differential in psychoanalytic training. Attendees will be encouraged to share examples of their work, and how their experiences with #Metoo may create clinical and ethical dilemmas.
Dr. Johanna Arenaza is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, DC. Originally from Spain, she completed her doctoral studies at The George Washington University (GW) and her post-doctoral work at Georgetown University. She is an adjunct faculty member at GW where she supervises doctoral psychology students. Dr. Arenaza currently teaches Technique and Sexuality at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (WBCP). She regularly lectures at local universities regarding personality disorders and operating a private practice. She is the Co-Chair of the Annual Stacia I. Super Memorial Ethics Conference at the WBCP. Dr. Arenaza also collaborates with local lawyers conducting psychological evaluations for immigrants facing deportation.
Dr. Jennifer Unterberg received her psychology degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is a graduate analyst from the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. She opened a private practice in Washington DC in 2014. She runs a study group on Gender and Sexuality and teaches the Gender and Sexuality class at the Washington Baltimore Psychoanalytic Center. She is the Co-Chair of the Annual Stacia I. Super Memorial Ethics Conference at the WBCP.
After attending this program, participants will be able to:
1) Describe three ethical challenges of practicing as a clinician during the public allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violation, and abuse of power that is being characterized as the #MeToo campaign.
2) List three ways they can practice in a competent and ethical manner when treating victims of sexual harassment, sexual violation, and abuse of power.
3) Discuss three possible causes of sexual harassment, sexual violation, and abuse of power by analysts.
Who should attend
The instructional level for this activity is advanced.
CFS Members $90
Non-CFS Members $110
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.