Navagating Boundaries and Countertransference When Working with Children, and Adolescents and Their Parents with Shelly Petnov-Sherman at MITPP

The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

Invite you to a Scientific Meeting: Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:30 PM

Treating children and adolescents can be extremely fulfilling and fun, as well as complex and difficult. Navigating the engagement of parents while maintaining confidentiality and boundaries can feel like “walking on a tightrope without a safety net.” This presentation will help facilitate and may challenge your understanding and knowledge of the dynamics involved in working with children and adolescents and their parents. Shelly Petnov-Sherman will use clinical material to illustrate these dynamics. She will also discuss her countertransference with this group of patients and how it has impacted and informed the treatment. This presentation will include how she came to this work and the trials she has endured, as well as how her ways of working have evolved over time.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: 1) discuss how transference and countertransference can facilitate or make for impasses in working with children, adolescents and their parents/caregivers, 2) identify nuances of confidentiality and the impact of treatment with this population, and 3) discuss the importance of acknowledging, respecting and working with racial and ethnic values with children, adolescents and their families.

Shelly Petnov-Sherman, L.C.S.W. Certificates in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, American Institute for Psychoanalysis. Certificate in Intervention, Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Forensic Mental Health Associates. Training in Child and Adolescent Program, National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Faculty and Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult and Child and Adolescent Programs. Senior Faculty, Supervising and Training Analyst: American Institute for Psychoanalysis. Past Chairperson, Membership Committee: International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Former Mental Health Consultant: Corlears School, New York City.

The New York State Education Department has approved this meeting for 2 contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed to those who sign the attendance sheet at the end of the meeting, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.

No registration or fee required. Refreshments served following the presentation.

Reidy Hall of Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th & 80th Streets)
New York, NY 10075

For further information: email, visit or phone (212) 496-2858

Program Committee: Gino Benza, LCSW, Chair * Carmen Bracero, LCSW *
Joyce A. Lerner, LCSW * Carol Mazor, LCSW * Barbara Reichenthal, LCSW, BCD * Ivy Vale, BFA *
Rosemarie Verderame, LCSW

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