Some Complications in Treating Bad Fathers with Asher Kahn 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, February 2, 2018 – 7:30 PM,

Working with fathers can be rewarding, fascinating, and challenging, particularly when they present as “bad fathers.” Within the dynamic makeup of these patients, there are some common threads. They can present as abusive, authoritarian, and bullying while, at the same time, they experience a deep and pervasive need for tenderness, understanding and love.

Dr. Kahn will share his work with patients who fit this category. He will discuss the challenges, and struggles with the clinical, transferential and counter-transferential dilemmas they present, such as: How can a therapist interact with these seemingly opposite characteristics? How can the clinican maintain concern for the patient while being apprehensive about the patient’s loved and hated ones? He will also discuss how the therapist can recognize and manage these same aspects in himself/herself without becoming a bully to the bully.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will: 1) Identify the transference/countertransference paradigms that arise in treatment with these patients, 2) learn ways to manage and use counter-transferential reactions in this type of treatment, and 3) consider how the losing & recovering of reasonableness in the face of emotional turmoil can serve to propel the treatment forward.

Asher Kahn, Ph.D. Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYU Postdoctoral Program. Faculty and Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Program; City University of New York.

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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