Futility, Failure and Forgiveness in Treatment 

Friday, February 19, 2021
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Event
Dr. Brad Sachs is a psychologist, educator, consultant and best-selling author specializing in clinical work with children, adolescents, couples, and families, in Columbia, Maryland.

His tenth and newest book, The Good Enough Therapist: Futility, Failure and Forgiveness in Treatment, was published in November 2019.
About the Event

The Good Enough Therapist will focus on the value of exploring, accepting and embracing our inescapable fallibility as clinicians in a way that promotes effective treatment, as well as personal growth. By investigating and interrogating the creative tension between feeling sufficient and insufficient, doubtful and certain, graceful and inept, participants will begin to encounter a deeper recognition of their own, and their patients’, vulnerability, resilience, imagination and humanity.
Learning Objectives

  1. Explore your personal and clinical weaknesses and vulnerabilities with patience, intelligence and mercy, better enabling you to do the same with your patients
  2. Grieve for the necessary loss of your belief in your clinical omnipotence so that new pathways towards learning and growth reveal themselves to you and your patients
  3. Maintain your belief in effective treatment even when it inescapably stalls and founders at various junctures 
  4. Forgive yourself and your patients for your respective insufficiencies and limitations and co-create a healing relationship that is necessarily imperfect and, as a result, meaningful and restorative

For questions, please contact Melissa Sporn.
This program is sponsored by Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program Mental Health Treatment and Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Treatment. The Safe Community Coalition and its Mental Health Committee are grateful for this generous support.
The SCC thrives in its 25th year as an all-volunteer organization with funding from community grants and individual donors including the New Dominion Women’s Club, Rotary Club of McLean, McLean Community Foundation, the Zavela Foundation, and through the SCC Mental Health Committee. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and welcome all donations.