An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
Together with The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work, The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. presents:
An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
A Thought Provoking Series
∙Open Discussions
∙Approachable, non-judgmental, interactive
 Conversation: The Therapist’s Intrinsic Biases and Their Affects in The Therapeutic Process.

Every person has (develops) biases that stem from personal experiences, family, community and environment, among other exposures. The therapist is not exempt from having biases which, many times, are unknown to him/her. Although many of those biases may be expressed and/or processed in the therapist’s analysis or supervision, not all of them can possibly be evident to express at will. What happens when the therapist’s biases are triggered by a patient in the therapeutic process? In this conversation we will discuss how the clinician’s cultural competence and personal development may affect the therapeutic relationship as a whole.

Course Objectives:
Participants in this course will learn the following skills:
  •   Participants will be able to understand their cultures/subcultures and how these known and unknown factors may impact their therapeutic relationships with patients.  

  • Participants will learn how to maintain an orientation of awareness through the continued work in self-development, in order to be able to organically participate in the patient’s negotiation of cultural differences, regardless of the therapist’s perception. 

  •  Participants will learn how to identify cultural identity in character traits and how to utilize them in their patients’ treatment. 
Presenter: Lourdes Melendez, LPC, PsyA
  Place: Five Star Premier Residence
 655 Pomander Walk
Teaneck, NJ 07666
  Date Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time 11:00 am – 1:00pm
Fee: $25 for Non-Members of IPS
  RSVP : Please register on our website .
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.