March 30, 2017
"Some Countertransference and Technical Challenges in Working with Divorcing Adults" with Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Discussant: Graciela Abelin-Sas, M.D.
While most therapists work with divorcing and divorced adults in their daily practice, they often do not see divorce as a specialized area requiring careful scrutiny. But divorce presents distinct challenges to therapists that, if unaddressed, can lead to impasses, unhelpful treatments, and even ethical lapses. This program will examine how divorcing and divorced adults struggle to manage painful feelings associated with loss. Using vignettes from two treatments, it will highlight the role of mourning in the divorce process and how therapists can position themselves to facilitate mourning most constructively. It also will explore high-conflict divorces, which, while especially volatile, highlight the dynamics apparent in all divorces and pose particular challenges to clinicians.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium