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Between A Rock and A Hard Place: Daily Dilemmas of Social Service and

Mental Health Practitioners

Frontline mental health workers deal with the most challenging cases, often in overloaded systems, with increased caseloads, endless paperwork, and budget cuts. What does it take to work successfully with these patients in the face of decreased resources? What kind of support from the system do caregivers need to work effectively? And what does modern psychoanalysis have to offer in working with these challenges?

These questions will be addressed through case presentations and discussion by BGSP faculty supervisors and conference participants. Presentations will address working with psychosis in a group home setting, outreach work with complicated cases, and working with violent or impulse-disordered adolescents. Afternoon presentation and workshops will offer an opportunity for participants to address managing the inherent workplace stress and to bring up their own clinical dilemmas.

Friday, March 1, 2013 9:00 AM-3:00 PM*

Presenters: The presenters are doctoral and master's students at BGSP.

Tara Goldberg, M.A., currently works as an outreach clinician focusing on home visits.

Jonathan Kelley, M.A., LMHC, currently works with adolescents in a treatment program of the Department of Youth Systems.

Alicia Racine, B.F.A., did her fieldwork in a group home.

Discussants: Lynn Perlman, Ph.D., Mary Shepherd, Psya.D., Jane Snyder, Ph.D., and Joan White, Psya.D. are supervising and training analysts at BGSP. Along with their work in a variety of mental health settings, including hospitals and mental health clinics, they have extensive experience working with students who learn how to work analytically with difficult patients.

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the dynamics of emotional contagion and apply this to case understanding.
2. Assess the variables of out of office environment and discuss a new frame in which to understand case dynamics.
3. List two possible meanings of action in the dynamics of a case.
4. Identify work related stressors and list possible ways to address them.

4.5 CE Credits $50/$40 before February 15

To register and pay click here.
*For those interested there will be an informational Open House following the event at 3:30 PM.


Rock and a hard place