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Saturday, November 7 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Transference, Countertransference & Boundary Management in Creative Arts Therapy

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Most clinicians are acutely aware of the potential traps of boundary violations and boundary crossings, but less aware of possible difficulties afforded by the easy access through creative experiences to unconscious memories (nonverbal, sensory-motor, symbolic and pre-symbolic), which are said to be stored in the right brain. Exploring these wordless areas of body experiences and implicit memories through the arts calls for in-depth self-awareness and clarity about goals and boundaries. This 90-minute session will be an examination of the broad ramifications of potential transference and countertransference enactments in the therapeutic arts practice. Participants will learn skills in boundary management for dealing with shifts that occur between the two brain hemispheres during the creative process.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Eleanor C. Irwin, PhD, RDT, TEP

Eleanor C. Irwin, PhD, RDT, TEP, is a co-founder of the National Association for Drama Therapy. She has produced films and written articles and chapters in books on drama therapy, psychotherapy, and other mental health topics. Eleanor teaches and supervises as a clinical assistant... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm PST
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)