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

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


3.0 (2.5 NJ) Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Course Number: 166 (1066 NJ)      Location: Queens


Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Queens Hospital Center
                82-68 164th Street
                Jamaica, NY  11432
                Room: Auditorium, N Bldg

Course Description:

The early years of psychoanalysis presented a "blame the patient" view of failed treatment. The patient was typically seen as unable to form a transference or suffering with too extensive a level of pathology to participate successfully in the work. As treatment and theory evolved, the focus gradually shifted to that of the co-created relationship and the role of countertransference in treatment failure.

From observations over years of consultations with patients who reported one or more prior failed experiences with therapy, the presenter was increasingly curious about the causes of the failures beyond what was typically described by patients: unprofessional behaviors by clinicians that included falling asleep, calling the patient by the wrong name or the clinician not appearing for appointments. The presenter began to suspect a more subtle and insidious development in the work that was less easily identified and when neglected led to failed treatments.

The presenter designed a qualitative study for PhD research in which she interviewed experienced, analytically trained clinicians to learn of their experiences with and personal assessments of treatment failure.  

Structure: The course will cover:

1: Literature review from Freud through the early 2000s, followed by clinical material from the presenter’s practice to illustrate the
    theoretical material.

2: The presenter and participants will continue to examine clinical material in conjunction with suggested readings in which indications of
    countertransference will be examined and identified with the objectives of greater clinician self-awareness,monitoring of personal feelings and
    reactions,with the goal of greater ability to identify the potential for impasses or premature terminations.

Handouts:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

  1. After the workshop participants will be able to demonstrate increased awareness of the role of countertransference byproviding an example of identifiable manifestations of it in their work.
  2. Participants will discuss three ways that they can play a more active role in monitoring and understanding their reactions to patients and note how this contributes to the potential for successful outcomes.
  3. Participants will be able to identify impasses as they are developing and list ways they will work with the patient’s feelings to prevent premature termination.
  4. Participants will develop greater ability to work more directly with the patient’s feelings to prevent premature terminations.

Karen Kaufman PhD, LCSW has been in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester for nearly 30 years and was an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service/Westchester Division from 1998 - 2014. She has been president of the Metropolitan Chapter of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work since 2011 and President of the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation (ACE) of the NYSSCSW since 2014.Dr. Kaufman has published in the Clinical Social Work Journal and presented on several occasions on the subject of treatment failure, the subject of her doctoral dissertation.

Level of Experience: 5+ years.

Course Format: One 3.0 hour session. 

This is an interactive workshop, 20 minutes will be allotted for comments, questions and discussion throughout session.

Maximum attendees: 30

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 is completed. Attendee must attend entire session to receive 3.0 contact hours, 3.0 clock hours (NJ), complete evaluations on both sessions and sign in and out for each session to receive CE clock hours.

  • 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 course content, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Psy.D, LCSW-R, BCD, 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
This course is pending approval by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #105 Course #1066  Social workers will receive Clinical social work 3.0
“Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of NYSSCSW, provider #1413, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2016-7/15/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Fees/Registration/Cancellation Policy

Fees:              Pre-registration        On-Site
Member                  $60                     $70
Non-Members       $85                     $95
Students                 $30                     $40

Mail check or money order payable to NYSSCSW
Mail to: Carol D'Andrea, L.C.S.W.
            225-04 58th Avenue
            Little Neck, NY  11363

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