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    Some Countertransference and Technical Challenges in Working with Divorcing Adults

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    8:00 PM

    "Some Countertransference and Technical Challenges in Working with Divorcing Adults" with Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D.

    Discussant: Graciela Abelin-Sas, M.D.

    While most therapists work with divorcing and divorced adults in their daily practice, they often do not see divorce as a specialized area requiring careful scrutiny. But divorce presents distinct challenges to therapists that, if unaddressed, can lead to impasses, unhelpful treatments, and even ethical lapses. This program will examine how divorcing and divorced adults struggle to manage painful feelings associated with loss. Using vignettes from two treatments, it will highlight the role of mourning in the divorce process and how therapists can position themselves to facilitate mourning most constructively. It also will explore high-conflict divorces, which, while especially volatile, highlight the dynamics apparent in all divorces and pose particular challenges to clinicians.

    FREE. ALL ARE WELCOME.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in practice in Ann Arbor. He grew up in the Boston area, received a BA in English at Wesleyan University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ehrlich is on the faculty at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and is adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at U of M. A highly regarded teacher, he has won awards for teaching at MPI. He has worked with divorce in a number of capacities: as a custody evaluator, parenting coordinator, mediator, parent consultant, and therapist. Dr. Ehrlich is the author of Divorce and loss: Helping adults and children mourn when a marriage comes apart, which was published by Rowman and Littlefield in May, 2014.

    In private practice in New York City since 1968, Dr. Graciela Abelin-Sas is a member of New York Psychoanalytic Institute, The Center for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Studies (CAPS), The Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Abelin served for several years as the Foreign Editor of The Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis and was for many years a member of the Committee for Foreign Book Reviews for The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of several papers that, among others, address the influence of family systems on the sense of identity and self-esteem and the understanding of couple systems.

    Since 2006 Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose has worked in close collaborations with Dr. Peter Mezan studying couple relationships. Together they have written several papers that have been presented at national and international meetings.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •