Upcoming Workshops

The Life of Pi: An Illustration of Melanie Klein’s Seminal Concepts

Too few clinicians, outside the realm of contemporary analytic practice, are familiar with the foundational concepts of Melanie Klein. Her contributions to understanding how individuals contend with love and hate, and what they are willing to exchange to keep anxiety and ambivalence at bay, are profoundly useful understanding the dynamics of a session, and how people go about framing their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their lives.

Participants of this workshop will be asked to (re)watch the movie The Life of Pi prior to the workshop. We will then use the movies concepts to explore key Kleinian concepts of Splitting, Part-Objects, Projective Identification, Unconscious Phantasy, and the Paranoid-Schizoid and Depressive Positions. In addition to The Life of Pi, we will use case material to illuminate concepts.

  •  When: Sunday January 11, 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Glenside PA 19038
  • Cost: $40
  • Co-sponsorship: PSCSW
  • CE’s Available: 3
  • If Interested: Please contact Polly at phok123@aol.com


Working Ethically When Your Client is Cheating (4 ethics CE’s)

Clinicians can feel compromised with the client who is cheating on their partner. We are under immense pressure to validate and support our clients’ split view of having been denied/deprived/abused by their partner and finally having someone new who treats them with love and support. To challenge this strongly cathected defense is to risk losing our client for not supporting/understanding them.

Similarly, when our client has been cheated on, it is easy to vilify the cheater and sympathize with the seemingly blameless victim. Our clinical task however is to maintain our capacity to think dynamically, understanding that both parties participated, consciously and unconsciously, in the circumstances that lead to the unregulated aggression evidenced in affairs.

Participants will learn how to protect themselves from being seduced into a split by either client, while working to help our clients face their manic defense against unacknowledged anger embedded in their relationship. Workshop will use concepts from Objects Relations theory via Melanie Klein, namely the use of splitting, part objects, manic defenses and the paranoid/schizoid and depressive positions.

  •  When: Sunday December 14th 10:00 to 2:00
  • Where: 1632 Chattin Road Glenside PA 19038
  • Cost: $40
  • 4 Ethics CE’s Available: 4
  • This is a State Board Requirement
  • Co-Sponsorship: PSCSW
  • If Interested: Please contact Polly at phok123@aol.com

Presenters and Credentialing for Both Workshops

Karen L. Smith MSS, LCSW received her Master degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Advanced Clinical Training at the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI), formally the International Institute for Object Relations Therapy (IIORT). She has participated in and led groups to study Object Relations theories, theorists and concepts for the past 10 years. For 20 years she has maintained a private practice and supervision consultation practice currently located in Glenside Pennsylvania.

Polly Hill O’Keefe, MSS, LCSW graduated from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1984 as well the three year training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis (now the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia) in 1996.  Since 2009 she has participated in a clinical supervision and education group based on Object Relations Theory.  For the past 25 years she has maintained a psychotherapy practice which is located in Elkins Park, PA.

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).


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