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Speaking the Unspoken: Creating a Supervisory Field for Exploration, Uncertainty and Necessary Risk

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Speaking the Unspoken: Creating a Supervisory Field for Exploration, Uncertainty and Necessary Risk

What elements of the supervisory relationship enable the unspoken to be spoken? How do we encourage, nurture, and enable the most difficult conversations, admissions, and amends within the supervisory dyad/group? “Othering”, (e.g., prejudices, biases, microaggressions, etc.) have deep conscious and unconscious histories and roots. Given this, how can the clinical supervisor work to make the supervisory field safe enough for the open, curious, and respectful dialogue necessary for deep and transformative understanding and learning? The psychodynamic relational lens offers theoretical framing and entry points, but is more needed? Thomas Ogden, in his 2005 paper, “What I Would Not Part With,” talks of some “north star” concepts that guide him in his clinical work. Articulating our own “north star” concepts will be one Stephanie Chenof the goals of this symposium. Using this article as inspiration and drawing on a wealth of research and study along with personal experience supervising and teaching about sensitive differences, Dr. Chen will present theory, her own thinking, and case vignettes to stimulate thinking and discussion about this very relevant and timely topic. Two discussants, Taquelia Washington and Dr. Cressida Forester, will take up the ideas Dr. Chen presents and help us deepen our thinking about their meaning and application. In addition, in an afternoon panel discussion, Janie Riley and Dr. Karen Naifeh,  will present their clinical work in private practice, agency, and group settings to further the conversation on an experience-near level. Throughout the day small group discussions will provide opportunity for individual questions, ideas, and consultation.

Note: This event has been jointly developed by TPI's Supervison Study Program and Supervisors' Commitee. 

Keynote Presenter: Stephanie Z. Chen, PhD. Click here to read bio.

Discussants: Cressida Forester, PsyD & Taquelia Washington, LCSW. Click here to read bios.

Panelists: Janie Riley, LMFT & Karen Naifeh, PhD. Click here to read bios.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

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

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 1/18/19 after 1/18/19
TPI Members $145 $165
TPI Supervisor $75 $95
Nonmembers $165 $185
Prelicensed Students/Interns $115 $135

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, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies). Fulfills the BBS supervision class requirement.