The Challenge and Potential of Clinical Impasse

Denni Liebowitz, LCSW

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

The Challenge and Potential of Clinical Impasse

In depth-oriented therapies, despite the asymmetry of their positions, both patient and therapist are vulnerable in the troubled waters they come together to navigate. Sometimes harmful in ways that can have a “half-life of eternity” (Harris), impasse and the threat of rupture also hold the potential for healing and transformation. Impasse will be seen as constellating around dynamics at the heart of the therapy between a particular therapeutic couple, offering the possibility of repetition as a path to, what Ferenczi calls, “rearranging” (rearranging things in our inner worlds). The impact of family and intergenerational history and socio-cultural shaping will be considered as factors that can contribute to impasse in therapy and the many worlds we live in.

Denni Liebowitz, LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst. She is on the faculty and supervises at The Psychotherapy Institute and has taught widely in the Bay Area including at the Center for Harm Reduction Therapy, PINC, the Jung Institute of San Francisco, and has consulted to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at Mass Advocates for Children in Boston. Denni works with adolescents and adults of all ages and offers supervision and consultation, including impasse consultation for therapists and patients. Her practice is in Berkeley.

Date & Time:  May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 04/17/20 after 04/17/20
TPI Members $104 $124
Nonmembers $128 $248
Prelicensed Students/Associates $80 $100

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