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Institute of CFS

The Impasse

One Session Progam (1.5 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Ann Rudovsky, LCSW, and Jules Owen, SJD, LP
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 1:30-3:00pm

An impasse is “a road with no outlet”, essentially a blind alley. It refers to a common feature in many treatments that, when not worked through, can lead to prolonged stalemates, often with the patient leaving prematurely or being unable to move toward a meaningful termination. Just as both therapist and patient play a role in creating and then perpetuating the impasse, each also feels thwarted, blaming the other for not seeing their point of view. Distinguishing an impasse from long periods of a treatment characterized by a negative, devaluing transference and strong negative countertransference feelings is often possible only in retrospect, since the most salient features can look very similar in both situations.

In this seminar, the second that we present on the impasse, we will once again use clinical material to think more deeply about impasses in our work; how they might arise, their dynamics—the entrenched transference/countertransference standstill, the role of projective identification, and of sadomasochism—and ways in which impasses might be engaged and resolved by making the impasse itself the subject of analytic inquiry.

Jules Owen, SJDLP, a senior candidate at the CFS, will present case material.

Ann Rudovsky, LCSW, is a faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the CFS.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

1) Identify at least two characteristics of a clinical impasse.

2) Discuss possible transference and countertransference dimensions of an impasse.

3) Describe a strategy for working with an impasse in a clinical situation.

Continuing Education Contact Hours:

NY Social Workers: The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society 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 #0087.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credits will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 1.5 CE credits.

NY Psychoanalysts: The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credits will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 1.5 CE credits.

DC, MD and VA Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 1.5 CE credits.

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Who should attend

The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

 

CFS Members $40
Non-CFS Members $50
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.
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