An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
Together with The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work,
The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc.
An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
A Thought Provoking Series
∙Open Discussions
∙Approachable, non-judgmental, interactive

Conversation :  Manifestations of Magical Thinking in Therapy

Magical thinking is the belief that our private thoughts, desires or ideas can influence the external world. For some people, magical thinking is a concomitant of pathology such as psychosis or an obsessive/compulsive disorder. However, it is normal for children to employ magical thinking when they wish upon a star or when they believe that unfortunate events are the result of their secret thoughts. Although, as they mature, most healthy individuals consciously replace their magical thinking with concepts of logic and cause and effect, vestiges of this unconscious pattern may still be manifested as a reaction to stress. In this course, participants will discuss ways that our clients may display magical thinking and how we can help them to recognize this phenomenon.

Course Objectives:
Participants in this course will learn the following skills:

  • Participants will explore infantile origins of magical thinking.
  • Participants will be able to identify when their clients employ magical thinking.
  • Participants will learn criteria for distinguishing between healthy or benign forms of magical thinking and pathological or destructive forms of magical thinking

Presenter: William Goldberg, LCSW
Place: Five Star Premier Residence
655 Pomander Walk
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Date : Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time:  11:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $25 for Non-Members of IPS
RSVP : Please register on our website.

Please Join Us for Our Open House After the Conversation.

Light refreshments will be served.

This course, provided by  The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. is approved for 2 continuing education hours by the New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work.

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC – approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions (or programs) for which NBCC – approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program bulletin (or in the catalog or Web site). The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.