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“Don’t Tell Anyone: How We (Don’t) Deal with Sexual Boundary Violations”

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue, 14th floor New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Joyce Slochower, Ph.D. APBB

“Did you know that ___ had an affair with a patient?

Can you believe it?”
It is the rare psychoanalytic community in which these words have never been uttered. Indeed, sexual boundary violations—and their perpetrators—are ghosts that haunt us within (and of course outside) the psychoanalytic world. Reverberating well beyond the particular therapeutic dyad within which they occur, sexual breaches between therapist and patient have cast a long shadow over our professional communities that generates horror, anxiety, curiosity, sometimes excitement, but very rarely action. In this presentation I query the impact of these violations on the community in which they occur—how we experience and respond to them.

Joyce Slochower Ph.D., APBB, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY. Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. In addition to over 75 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique, Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge.

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