New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Queens Chapter Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Course Number: 205      Location: Queens


Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: Registration & Light Brunch: 10:30am - 11:00am
  Presentation: 11:00am – 12:30pm
  Stay afterwards for more Holiday Cheer & Networking!
Location: Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
Room: A540 (5th Fl.)

The archetype of the wounded healer psychotherapist was developed by Carl  Jung, who thought an illness of the soul could be the best possible form of training for a healer and wrote that only a wounded healer who had healed his own wounds could heal effectively. Although it is commonly known within our field that most psychotherapists are motivated to do this work because they suffered adverse experiences and often were helped to heal through their own psychotherapy, we tend to keep this knowledge a secret outside the field, generating a sense of shame. That we have healed and experienced sufficient post-traumatic growth to help others is nothing to be ashamed about; it  is something to be celebrated.

A wounded healer psychotherapist, however, may become a wounding healer, violating the boundaries of ethical practice and hurting those he is meant to heal. The most egregious boundary violation occurs when the therapist has sexual relations with a patient. This can happen to any one of us, when certain circumstances in our personal life join with difficulties in the treatment of a certain patient to create intense issues of power and control.  It happened to Freud and to Jung. In fact, through Freud’s determination to overcome his traumatic past as a poor Jew in anti-Semitic Europe by becoming a hero, his ruthless behavior towards colleagues, mentors, and some patients was in flagrant violation of his written principles. He became the prototype of the wounding healer. 


Lecture, and Case Examples with Audience Participation                                                            

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this lecture/workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Jung's concept of the archetype of the wounded healer psychotherapist as well as the origin of the concept of celebrating the wounded healer psychotherapist.
  2. Compare and contrast the wounded healer psychotherapist with the shaman, witch doctor, or tribal healer.
  3. Describe how any wounded healer can become a wounding healer psychotherapist.
  4. Explain how Freud's efforts to overcome his traumatic past led to ruthless behavior that became a template for his followers to become wounding healers themselves.
  5. Define the concept of the hero's journey being a journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth.


Sharon K .Farber, Ph.D. is in private practice in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  She has taught at medical schools, schools of social work, training institutes, and the Cape Cod Institute and has been an invited speaker in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Israel. She is author of several papers and three books: When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments (2000, 2002), Hungry for Ecstasy: Trauma, the Brain, and the Influence of the Sixties (2013), and Celebrating the Wounded Healer Psychotherapist: Pain, Post-Traumatic Growth and Self-Disclosure (in press).  She teaches creative non-fiction at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center.  Dr. Farber’s blog for Psychology Today, the Mind-Body Connection, can be found online at:

This workshop is appropriate for clinicians with at least 5 years of clinical experience.

Maximum Capacity: 30

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple counselors and mental health councelors.

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangement are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at


Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE 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 #0056; Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.”



Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration & LIght Brinch:   10:30am - 11:00am
Presentation:  11:00am - 12:30pm

To be followed by more holiday cheer & networking!


                Members  $30
                Non-members $50
                Students with ID: $15
     On Site:
                Members  $40
                Non-members $60
                Students with ID: $20

  •     RSVP is strongly encouraged


For On Site Registration:

Check or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded.

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