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New Applications in Treating Shame and Narcissism: Contrasting Two Roadmaps of Relational Development

Smith College School for Social Work

July 21, 2022

This seminar is designed to help clinicians identify how early childhood attachment experiences and/or failures are directly connected to the development of one’s beliefs, values, motivation, and assumptions about the self in the world and self-in-relationship to others. Participants will review techniques such as moment-to-moment tracking, part-whole analysis, and listening to the subtle nuance of langue to help us uncover hidden feelings that lie beneath the surface of the therapeutic exchange. Through tracking these process dynamics, participants will be shown how to stay more aligned with the client’s experience in the present, thus creating a more secure therapeutic holding environment.  

Working with Transference from a Relational Psychodynamic Perspective

Smith College of Social Work

November 17-18, 2022

All unfinished business from the past is replicated in present-day relationships; all insecure childhood attachments inhibit the capacity for openness, curiosity and full-functioning. Using these two statements as anchoring points, this six-hour course will focus on increasing your comfort level and proficiency in working with transferential enactments as a means of repairing early attachment injuries.

Unconscious, unarticulated or disavowed material invariably becomes enacted in relationship to others, regardless of whether one believes in transference or has proficiency in using transference as a leverage for change. This course is designed to help clinicians recognize when transferential and counter-transferential enactments are beginning to surface within the therapeutic relationship as well as providing specific examples and techniques to bring the therapeutic relationship back into a state of co-regulation and/or repair.  

To register for these seminars, contact Director of Professional Education Mary Curtain at 413-585-4198.