Annual SSP Symposium 2018: The Supervisor’s Vulnerability: A Source of Strength and Creativity

Claire Allphin, MSW, PhD & Cindy Sachs, MA, LMFT, ABD

NOTE: Online registration for this event is now closed. There is still space available for walk-in registration at 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Annual SSP Symposium 2018: The Supervisor’s Vulnerability: A Source of Strength and Creativity

This year’s Supervision Study Program (SSP) Symposium will focus on the inevitable vulnerabilities that arise and often challenge the supervisor. We will explore how being part of a community of supervisory colleagues is such an essential aspect of our work. Whether from personal countertransference, institutional pressures, cross-cultural challenges, felt microaggressions, or evaluative tangles (to name some of the possible sources of a supervisor’s dysregulated state), the supervisor must find a way to restore their equilibrium in order to resume their capacity to think and make use of their experience in the service of teaching.

This symposium is about normalizing the inevitability of the supervisor's vulnerability, as well as about creating the conditions in which this vulnerability can come forward as a source of strength and creativity in supervision. Because countertransference emerges from many sources, including parallel process phenomena, the supervisor must have a way to create an internal reflective space beyond the grip of the fight/flight response that arises when their vulnerability is triggered. This symposium will explore this process.

This course meets the requirement for 6 units of supervision.

Claire Allphin and Cindy Sachs will offer keynote lectures in the morning. There will be a live demonstration of a supervisor’s peer group featuring the following supervisors: Sandra Amador Mora, LMFT, Jamie Bachman, LCSW, Meleah Chamberlain, LCSW, Deb Lyman, LCSW, and Noreen O’Brien, LMFT. After the live demonstration, participants will work in small groups to respond to the day and to the material presented. This Symposium will provide 6 CE units of supervision education.

The Supervision Study Program (SSP) is a two-year training program in the theory and practice of supervision. One of the oldest such programs in the nation, and the only of its kind in the Bay Area, the SSP has been a core training program at TPI since 1986. The program combines readings and didactic instruction with a practicum that includes weekly individual and small-group consultation. Applications for therapists wishing to enter the program open during the spring.

Claire AllphinClaire Allphin, MSW, PhD, is a Clinical Social Worker and Jungian Analyst in private practice in Oakland. She works with individuals and couples. Allphin has a long-standing interest in the supervisory process and is one of the founders of the SSP. She is on the supervising faculty of the Post Grad Training Program and Consults in the SSP at TPI. She also supervises interns at the clinic of the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco.
Cindy Sachs, MA, LMFT, ABD, has been a Cindy Sachsclinician for the past 40 years with private practices in Rockridge and Hayward. Along with seeing individuals and couples, she provides group and individual consultation to psychotherapists with an interest in depth psychotherapy. Sachs is on the supervising faculty at TPI and she is a Supervising and Personal Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is the current Chair of the Supervisors Committee at TPI and is also the Director and Representative to the Board for the Personal and Supervising Analysts at PINC.

Demo Supervisor’s Peer Group

Deb Lyman, LCSW, is a Psychotherapist and Consultant in private practice in Oakland. She is a Supervisor at TPI and the California Institute for Integral Studies. Lyman works psychoanalytically with individuals and couples, incorporating neuroscience, attachment and social justice perspectives. She particularly enjoys working with the queer community. Deb also provides individual and group consultation to clinicians who are newer to private practice, helping them develop both the business and clinical skills necessary for a sustainable and rewarding practice.

Jamie Bachman, LCSW, is in private practice in Oakland, working primarily with couples and families, as well as with individuals, using a relational and attachment lens. Bachman provides supervision and consultation in psychodynamic practice and in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. He is a Faculty Member and Supervisor at TPI and he is on the adjunct faculty at UC, Berkeley in the MSW program. Jamie worked for 12 years in hospice, providing clinical supervision and program management for social workers serving families facing end-of-life.

Meleah Chamberlain Terheyden, LCSW, is in private practice working with children and adults in Oakland. Terheyden currently supervises at the East Bay Agency for Children, and provides mental health consultation at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Oakland. She was psychodynamically trained at Smith College School for Social Work in 2007 and then deepened her relational approach through TPI's SSP. Terheyden has provided consultation and has led seminars for several organizations in the Bay Area, including TPI's College Track Program.

Noreen O’Brien, LMFT, is a member of the Diversity Committee and a graduate of the SSP at TPI. She has a private practice in Berkeley and supervises at TPI and The Wright Institute. Drawn to the work of justice and change within community, O'Brien seeks out conversations about relationships and intrapsychic experience toward a deeper understanding of how psychoanalytic insights, culture and social processes influence approaches to healing and reconciliation among culturally different groups.

Sandra Amador Mora, LMFT, is a bicultural and bilingual Psychotherapist and Consultant in private practice in Emeryville with specialties including serious illness, bicultural issues, and the immigrant experience. She has provided supervision in both private practice and agency settings, and she co-created and was the director of a psychodynamically informed mental health program at Fred Finch for 13 years. Amador Mora is a graduate of the SSP and serves on the Supervising Faculty and as a Board Member at TPI.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland, CA (get map and directions)

Parking: Free at City Center Garage West, 1250 M.L.K. Jr. Way, across from Preservation Park

Lunch is included.

Note: We have special pricing for current TPI Supervisors. To get the special pricing contact TPI's Administrative Coordinator at 510-548-2250, ext. 107.

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 1/2/18 after 1/2/18 after 1/31/18
Member Licensed >3 years $141 $156 $171
Member Licensed <3 years $117 $132 $147
Member Prelicensed Students/Interns $93 $108 $123
Nonmember Licensed >3 years $161 $176 $191
Nonmember Licensed <3 years $137 $152 $167
Nonmember Prelicensed Students/Interns $113 $128 $143

CE: 6 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies).

NOTE: Online registration for this event is now closed. There is limited space available for walk-in registration at 8:30 am on the day of the event.