The Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center

Programs, Seminars & Lectures

Psychodynamic Perspective on Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center, an affiliate chapter of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC

  • 8 sessions, 20 CE hours
    September, 2017 - January, 2018

  • Tuesday - Doylestown: The Tuesday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Robin Lynk, Ph.D. It will meet from 9:00 - 11:30 in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901, on the following Tuesday mornings:
    September 12 & 26
    October 10 & 24
    November 7 & 23
    December 5 & 19

  • Wednesday - Wyndmoor: The Wednesday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW. It will meet from 9:30 - noon in the offices of Wyndmoor Psychological Associates, 8200 Flourtown Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038, on the following Wednesday mornings:
    September 6 & 20
    Ocotber 4 & 18
    November 1, 15 & 29
    December 13

  • Friday - Philadelphia: The Friday seminar will be led by Karen Fraley, LCSW, and Paul Koehler, LCSW. It will meet from 9:15 - 11:45 in the Dixon Library of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118, on the following Friday mornings:
    September 8 & 22
    October 13 & 27
    November 17
    December 1 & 15
  • January 5

  • Saturday - Doylestown: The Saturday seminar will be led by Paul Koehler, LCSW, and Robin Lynk, Ph.D. It will meet from 9:00 - 11:30 in room 209 of Andrews Hall, Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, on the following Saturday mornings:
    September 9 & 23
    October 14 & 28
    November 18
    December 2 & 16
  • January 6


This seminar will be structured around the careful reading and study of the now classic book, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Jody Messler Davies and Mary Gail Frawley.

We will consider the many challenges that are encountered in therapeutic work with these survivors, including the tasks of recognizing, understanding, and containing their sometimes very strong affects and accompanying use of dissociation, and the tendency to act out and repeat, in some fashion, aspects of their trauma, often in the form of exposure to danger and actual self-harm.

We will give particular attention to the impact of sexual trauma on the therapeutic relationship, and we will carefully consider the eight transference-countertransference positions described by Davies and Frawley that regularly arise in clinical work with these survivors.

In addition to lecture and discussion of the readings, participants will be invited to share relevant case material for illustration and elaboration of the themes we will be studying.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

    1) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate how to understand and contain the strong affects encountered in work with survivors of sexual trauma.

    2) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate how to contain and respond to survivors' use of dissociation.

    3) Participants will discuss, describe and elaborate strategies for responding to the repetition and acting out of sexual trauma.

    4) Participants will describe, discuss and elaborate the eight transference-countertransference positions that emerge in clinical work with survivors of sexual trauma.

    5) Through the discussion of shared case material, participants will further discuss and elaborate the themes and concepts being studied.



COURSE OUTLINE AND SYLLABUS:

    1) Chapter 1 - Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse in Psychoanalysis
    Chapter 2 - Long-Term Sequelae and Diagnosis of Childhood Sexual Abuse

    2) Chapter 3 - An Integrative Model of Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Chapter 4 - Dissociation

    3) Chapter 5 - Disclosure and the Recovery of Memories

    4) Chapter 6 - Reality Testing and the Question of Validation
    Chapter 7 - Exposure to Danger, the Erotization of Fear, and Compulsive Self-abuse

    5) Chapter 8 - The Impact of Trauma on Transference and Countertransference

    6) Chapter 9 - Eight Transference - Countertransference Positions

    7) Chapter 10 - Transference and Countertransference: A Case Example

    8) Chapter 11 - Technical Considerations on Treatment
    Chapter 12 - Concluding Thoughts: Therapeutic Implications and Reconsiderations

Continuing Education Credits:
For Pennsylvania Social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, this program is approved 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 the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for workshops for marriage and family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

For New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved for credit. Programs approved for credit by boards the license social workers in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit.

For psychologists: The International Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credit for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for this program.



SEMINAR LEADERS:
Karen Fraley, MSS, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, PA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples and clinical supervision to therapists. She holds a certification in Object Relations Therapy from the international Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC. She is an active faculty member of IPI and a founding member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is a Fellow member of PSCSW.

Paul Koehler, LCSW, is a Fellow member of PSCSW. He is a graduate of the Institute for psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Object Relations Training Program. He is currently a faculty member of IPI. He is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.

Robin Lynk, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dr. Lynk is a faculty member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is in private practice in Doylestown, PA.

For further information and/or to enroll please contact us:

Paul Koehler: pmkmsw@gmail.com; (215) 345-8730
Karen Fraley: kfraley55@icloud.com; (610) 827-1641
Robin Lynk: robinlynk@verizon.net; (215) 262-7400

The Wizard of Oz Teaches Object Relations Theory

  • Date: TBA
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  • Fee: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This program is a 2 session seminar using the film of The Wizard of Oz to present the essential elements of an object relations understanding of the psyche. Contents include a detailed discussion of psychic structure, from a Kleinian perspective, as well as the problems of innocence, guilt, Oedipal conflict and trauma. The group will utilize clinical case material to exemplify the application of object relations theory.

Oedipus

  • Date: TBA
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  • Fee: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

This is a 3 seminar program involving the reading of Sophocles' drama: Oedipus Rex. The goal is to understand the relational context that gives rise to the conflicts between the generations and the sexes. We will explore the "back-story" of the myth, and the role of parental aggression and its link to the impulses and fantasies of the child.

The Oedipus complex occupies a central place in psychoanalytic thought and we'll contemplate the complexities of the story, and point to the issues that arise in the clinical encounter. Clinical case material will be utilized from the members to demonstrate therapeutic implications.

Suffering, Sacrifice and Psychotherapy

  • Date: TBA
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  • Fee: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor:Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

A 6-part seminar series that explores linkages between the practice of psychotherapy and the multiple burdens of suffering, sacrifice, and masochism that constitute much of the profession. The connection between the Greek concept "Therapon" meaning servant or slave, and the role of the therapist will be explored in depth.

Clinical concepts of holding and containment; of counter-transference and acting-in will all be explored through in-depth clinical examples.

Seminars

Foundations of Western Literature

  • Date: Begining January 2011
  • Time: Sunday evenings 7-9pm (monthly)
  • Fee: $450
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, PA
  • Instructors: Charles Ashbach, Karen Fraley, and Paul Koehler

This will be an on-going seminar which will meet monthly to discuss and study the great works of Western literature. The seminar will meet on Sunday nights, 10 meetings per year, beginning in September, 2010.

Goals of this seminar include:

  • To gain an understanding of unconscious process and how they relate to the study of these enduring works.
  • To appreciate the elegance and wisdom in these works of literature -- and explore the possibilities, parameters, and paradoxes as they relate to the human condition.
  • We will begin with the Epic of Gilgamesh, and will next move on to the study and reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey. These reading choices will likely be enough to occupy us for the first year of our study.

We anticipate that we will continue the following years to come by reading:

  • The major plays of Sophocles
  • The Aeneid of Virgil
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Milton's Paradise Lost
  • The major plays of Shakespeare
  • Goethe's Faust

We will go on to read works by Melville, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and Camus.

More Information

  • Continuing Education (CE) Credit Information

    All programs are eligible for continuing education credits. Please contact us to find out exact information for each program.

    The International Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. IPI is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for counselors (provider #6017).

    We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Application will be made on a per program basis to provide continuing education for social workers. IPI is a California Board of Behavioral Sciences approved continuing education provider for MFCC and LCSW licensure (approval #PCE 1508).

  • Distance Learning Seminars

    PPSC is able to offer distance learning opportunities through the use of computer assisted telephone conferencing. Currently seminars and programs on Klein, Bion, Transference and Counter-transference are conducted with various groups throughout the country. If you, your group or institution is interested in this form of distance learning please contact us.

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