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


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 9:45am-10:45am Registration on site
Presentation: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

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. 


Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • 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.

  • Compare and contrast the wounded healer psychotherapist with the shaman, witch doctor, or tribal healer.

  • Describe how any wounded healer can become a wounding healer psychotherapist.

  • 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.

  • Define the concept of the hero's journey being a journey from trauma to post-traumatic growth.


Presenter:  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.

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

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course and evaluations are completed

  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

  • For questions regarding course content, registration and disability access please contact Kristin or Rae Ann

  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan Klett, Psy.D, LCSW-R, BCD, Director of Professional Development at


Event Registration

Fees and Policies

Members:   $30 preregistered     $40 at the door

Non-Members:  $45 preregistered      $55 at the door

Students: (with school ID) $20 preregistered $25 at the door


Email Alison Abrams, LMSW at Please include name, address, phone, and whether or not you are a member. You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee (to be paid on-site only). If room capacity of 65 has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

Payment: Checks or money orders will be accepted on-site only.  Please make payable to NYSSCSW, and make sure to write your email address clearly on the front. Bring your pre-written check to the meeting.  We are not set up to accept cash or credit cards.  

Cancellation Policy:  If you are pre-registered, please email Alison Abrams at:, up to 48 hours prior to the presentation.  Your notification may open up space for someone on our waiting list.

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