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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Klingberg Family Centers 
370 Linwood St
New Britain, CT 06052

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Steve, Pat, Mary Jo, John and Chris 
Klingberg Family Centers Traumatic Stress Institute 

ADVANCED (first ever) RC Trainer Consult Group-May 8, 2018

Transference & Countertransference Dynamics with Trauma Survivor Clients - A Deeper Dive


Laurie Ann Pearlman, Ph.D.

and Steve Brown, Psy.D. 

Training Description

For several years, RC Trainers have suggested we offer some more ADVANCED topics for RC Trainer Consult Groups to meet the needs of longtime Trainers with years of clinical experience. We have heard you!  Of course any RC Trainer can attend, but this Trainer Consult Group will be pitched at a higher level.

Transference and Countertransference (T/CT) dynamics are happening moment-to-moment, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day in our programs. While challenging with all clients, these dynamics are especially perplexing and activating with trauma survivors. They evoke powerful feelings in us. We often feel “between a rock and a hard place.” They pose boundary dilemmas and invite boundary transgressions, both small and large.

We fall into these traps when we are not aware of T/CT dynamics, we lack a framework to understand them, and lack the skills to address them in our supervisions and treatment teams. 

This ADVANCED Consult group will help unpack this complicated topic. Through mini-lectures and participatory activities, it will:

  • examine T/CT themes in the treatment of survivors
  • provide examples of how we get trapped in, and can extricate ourselves from, unhelpful T/CT dynamics
  • model how to work with T/CT themes in supervision
  • discuss how to teach CT effectively in RC Trainings



Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D., with Kay Saakvitne, Ph.D., wrote one of the seminal books about countertransference in the trauma field called Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors. She is an original author of the Risking Connection curriculum and a co-founder of the Traumatic Stress Institute. An internationally renowned expert in the field of psychological trauma, Laurie brings her wealth of knowledge, a lifetime of clinical experience, and her quick wit to all her talks.

Steve Brown, Psy.D.,  Well, you know him. But, in case you don’t, he is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers and an RC Faculty Trainer. He has a private practice in Amherst, MA where he works mainly with trauma survivors. He recently published the third edition of Streetwise to Sexwise: Sexuality Education for High Risk Youth which is used internationally by agencies and schools serving at-risk teens.

Training Cost

Per-person Fee: $70

Per-Person Fee + Continuing Education Units: $80

Cancellation Policy

Payment is expected at the time of registration. We will refund the registration fee, minus a $30 processing fee, for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the training. No refunds will be made for cancellations inside two weeks.

Continuing Education Credits

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars to provide 2.25 CE hours.

Satisfactory Completion. Participants must have paid the continuing education fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers. R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE Provider #1082 is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015- April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulartory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive continuing education clinical social work clock hours for participating in this course.

CA The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred the CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licenses. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers. 

NY R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapist. 

CA The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licenses. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers. 

Other States If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.  

Chemical Dependancy Counselors. Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program for designated hours. Approval #000654

CA Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212 for designated CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and, while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.