Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in the Therapeutic Relationship: The Transference-Countertransference Matrix

Presented by Anita McLean, PhD, PsyD

This course will address issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural similarities and differences between therapist and client, and the ways in which these issues impact the therapeutic relationship. In particular, participants will develop an understanding of racial, ethnic, and cultural transference and counter-transference issues as they emerge in treatment, as well as effective ways of using these transference and countertransference issues to help clients. The course is designed not only to raise awareness of how race, ethnicity, and culture impact our work with clients but also to teach participants how to use transference-countertransference matrices to support the provision of effective services.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the role of race, ethnicity, and culture in identity development for both the client and the therapist.
  2. Define racial, ethnic, and cultural transference and countertransference, particularly as they impact the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Describe the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural stereotypes in the operation of the transference-countertransference matrices.
  4. Develop effective treatment strategies for addressing impasses, injuries, misunderstandings, negative therapeutic reactions, and other similarities and differences as they emerge in treatment.

Presenter Bio:
Anita is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Princeton, NJ and has been providing therapy services to individuals and couples for more than 15 years. Anita also teaches and supervises psychologists in training as a visiting faculty member and supervisor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, at Rutgers University. She provides cultural competency trainings statewide for mental health clinicians and other service providers and agencies in NJ.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
Date:   June 24, 2016  Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30 – 10:00am
Understanding identity and the role of culture
View of the therapeutic encounter as Intersubjective
The transference-countertransference matrix and healing
10:00 – 11:00am
Part 1: Self of the therapist 
Understanding your own cultural identity
Part 2: Understanding the client
What is transference?
The intertwining of issues
The interaction: What may come up

12:00-1:00pm Lunch on your own    
What will you do? Issues to consider
1:30 – 3:00pm
Role plays and group work                                                                                                           3:00 – 4:30pm
Processing group learning
Wrap Up: What have we learned?

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advance level participants.

Continuing Education Credits:
UPDATE: This course has been fully approved for CE credits for Social workers by the ASWB. 
FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #787 from 5/26/2016 to 5/26/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 3.0 Social and Cultural Competence 3.0.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 6 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions, Parking, & Facilities:
For general directions, please click here. Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

For information on nearby lunch options, please click here.  There is also a full service cafeteria on-site at Eisenhower Conference Center.

If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 or by email at ndevonish@cultureconnectionsnj.org

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until June 20, 2016. Public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee.  Course fees include materials and lunch. Cancellations must be made by June 20, 2016. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after June 20th.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances. Please see attached Grievance Policy for more information.

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