Morning Workshop 3

Cultural Competence and Countertransference

Presented by Patricia Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW


This experiential workshop will focus on some of the ways in which countertransference and culture intersect.   Participants will look at ways in which clients who are both similar to and different from themselves can create conflicts within the therapist that can potentially affect their ability to help them.   The workshop will also explore different ways to understand and cope with these feelings.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
1. Define the concept of countertransference.
2. List the ways in which countertransference may affect therapeutic work with clients.
3. Understand how countertransference and cultural competence relate to each other.
4. Discuss ways to cope with countertransfential feelings.

Presenter Information

Patricia Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW, is an assistant professor of social work at Kean University in Union, NJ.  She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in social work from Rutgers University.  She had a private practice for twenty years specializing in treating issues of sexual trauma, grief, chronic and terminal illness, and adoption. Currently she has a consulting and training practice called Healing Is Possible, LLC.  Dr. Sherman presents on topics ranging from bereavement to child sexual abuse, cultural proficiency and how to care for oneself while caring for others.

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