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Working with Polarized Views in Psychotherapy


Tuesday January 12, 2021 11:30am-1:00pm PST

Live Online Webinar through Google Meet

 

Offered in partnership with the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC)

Presentations by: 

Trevor Ahrendt, PsyD

Pamela Lyss-Lerman, MD

George Silberschatz, PhD


Moderated by:

James McCollum, PhD

 

How do we act as therapists when our patient's beliefs about the world, and even reality, differ wildly from our own? In times of heightened political polarization, this question becomes even more urgent as the collective anxiety rises and society begins to splinter across fault lines. How do you work with your own countertransference? Is it in the patient's interests or yours to challenge their beliefs? If so, which ones and how can you tell? Is it necessary to challenge conspiratorial thinking? How do therapists address beliefs about racial divisions in America? And what if you, the therapist, hold beliefs outside the mainstream? 

The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group has developed an approach to understanding the mechanics of therapy across different approaches and techniques, a meta-theory about how all psychotherapy works or fails. Often called the Plan-Formulation Method or Control-Mastery, it's approach has been validated by a rigorous research base. This approach can often help orient therapists in difficult treatments and provide a clear, practical, and accessible map to seemingly intractable clinical dilemmas. 

Join us for a conversation about psychotherapy across differences and how to make psychotherapy work in challenging times.

 

This course will cover:

  • Working with patients with polarizing views
  • Working with counter-transference to such polarizing attitude

  • Therapeutic strategies for therapists to employ when patients express these beliefs

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List at least one example of a polarizing view that could disrupt psychotherapy 
  • Describe at least one therapeutic strategy based in Control-Mastery Theory for working with patients who hold polarizing beliefs 

Course Level: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. 


Cost: $15 for General Public
Free! for SFPRG Members
$5 for Students (No CEU's)

 

Cancellation Policy: No refunds are provided for this workshop.  If you have questions about your registration, please contact 415-561-6771 or cmt@sfprg.org.

Registration Opens: Monday December 7th at 6:00 am

Registration Closes: 
Monday January 11th at 6:00 pm

Co-Sponsorship:  SFPRG is offering this class in partnership with The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC), which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

CE Credits: 
1.5 CE hours provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC). If you would like CEU's you should indicate so on your registration and instructions will be provided to you on how to apply through SCRC in a separate email. 

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the
  • American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Jacky Moore at cmt@sfprg.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com .


 
Meet our Instructors:

Pamela Lyss-Lerman

Pamela Lyss-Lerman, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist (CA A108806). She earned her medical degree at the University of California - San Francisco where she also completed her internship and residency training in Psychiatry. She received specialized training in Women’s Mental Health and was the first graduate from the UCSF Women’s Mental Health Focus Track after working with a committee to create this track. Her private practice is located in San Francisco where she provides psychotherapy and, when appropriate, medication management, specializing in treating women who are planning for pregnancy, who are pregnant, or who are in their postpartum period. She serves on the board of SFPRG.

Trevor Ahrendt

Trevor M. Ahrendt, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY26754) working in private practice in San Francisco where he sees adults, couples, and runs group therapy. He received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He serves on the board of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and served on the board of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Ahrendt has provided trainings to organizations and clinicians on addiction and chemical dependency, the therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness in therapy. He’s provided trainings in varied settings and is a motivational speaker on issues related to personal growth and the importance of leading an examined life.


George Silberschatz

George Silberschatz, PhD is a past president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF.  He is the president of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and is in private practice in San Francisco.


James McCollum

James McCollum, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY29263) working in private practice in San Francisco where he sees adults, families, children, and adolescents.  He received his doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA.  He serves on the board of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and chairs the Education and Outreach Committee. 

 

Dr. McCollum has provided trainings to organizations and clinicians on psychotherapy process, outcomes, and effectiveness.  He is a researcher who has published and presented his work on psychometrics and psychotherapy research at international conferences.