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NEFESH ALL POINTS NORTH LODGE Professional Development

How does our work as therapists influence our personalities and relationships?

Sunday, November 28, 2021, 9:30 AM EST

Presenter: Nachum Klafter, MD

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three problems therapists commonly experience in their marriages and romantic relationships.
  2. Explain how cultivating our capacity for empathy can change our political orientations, spiritual beliefs, and values.
  3. Describe how the study of psychotherapy, mental disorders, and human development affects our understanding of human needs, emotions, and motivations
  4. Describe how our close relationships with our patients affect how we understand ourselves.

These webinars offer 2 Live Interactive Continuing Education Hours

 Psychotherapists and other mental health professionals are frequently asked questions by their friends and relatives such as, “Are you analyzing me right now?” or, “Are you telling me that you think I have OCD?” In every discipline of psychotherapy, it is considered unethical to make a diagnosis in an individual who has not actually come to see us for treatment. For example, it is unethical to diagnose celebrities or political leaders based on what we observe in their public behavior. However, we all know that we cannot help but notice defense mechanisms, personality styles, cognitive distortions, and symptoms of mental illness in our friends, neighbors, spouses, parents, children, cousins, and rabbis. In fact, the only people that we are truly adept at and keeping outside our psychotherapeutic radar are ourselves. In this, Dr. Klafter will explore the impact of our psychotherapeutic knowledge on marriages, our friendships, parenting, and religious lives. To what degree does our professional training and knowledge of human psychology influence how we understand others. Does it make us more understanding or more judgmental? More compassionate or more arrogant? With examples from the real lives of therapists and a review of this sparse literature, Dr. Klafter will argue that, in fact, psychotherapy has an impact on one’s professional identity and that it is impossible not to be influenced by our knowledge of feelings, emotions, cognition, and development. Just as an architect who enters his friend’s home will notice things and a therapist will not, a therapist who goes on a date will notice things that an architect will not. A significant portion of time will be set aside for participants to answer questions and share personal vignettes, which are put to the audience by Dr. Klafter.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three problems therapists commonly experience in their marriages and romantic relationships.
  2. Explain how cultivating our capacity for empathy can change our political orientations, spiritual beliefs, and values.
  3. Describe how the study of psychotherapy, mental disorders, and human development affects our understanding of human needs, emotions, and motivations
  4. Describe how our close relationships with our patients affect how we understand ourselves.
Agenda:

 1. Introductino (didactic lecture) 5 mintes
2. Main presentation 75 minutes (didactic lecture which questions0
3. Discussion and Q/A (40 minutes)



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: intermediate
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. 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. The grievance policy for trainings provided by the NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
  • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.
  • NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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Full refund 48 hours prior to event. No refunds after that.