At the Edge of Neutrality: Self-Disclosure and Use of Self in the Age of Political Turmoil

Presenter: Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, DSW
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10 am – 12 pm | 2 CEs
(Please come at 9:30 A.M. for light breakfast and socializing.)
Location: Glenside, PA
(The exact address will be emailed to you once your register.)

Program Description:
This program is open to any level of experience. We will be discussing how the recent shift in the political climate has altered the clinical dyad. Because of the pervasive and fast paced nature of how news is currently unfolding, the infiltration of current events into the clinical relationship has become unstoppable. Because of the highly emotional nature of the seeming changes that are unfolding; clients and clinicians are feeling similarly shaken. The comfort of the neutral stance and carefully meditated self-disclosure have been necessarily thwarted by, shared feelings of, fear and uncertainty. Given this altered landscape, it is essential to still uncover tools for staying clinically grounded and connected to our clients; while not retreating into theoretical constructs that keep us from practicing authentically.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. To name and identify the ways in which the current political climate is muddying traditional technique and therapeutic stances
  2. To identify techniques for honoring clinical social work ethics while also staying balanced in the treatment relationship
  3. To identify ways of politically and clinically crossing the proverbial “aisle” when our clients’ political views left us feeling shaken or unable to fully relate to them
  4. To seek clarity, using already existing clinical theory, on how to better think about navigating emerging clinical encounters that feel politically charged

About the Presenter:
Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, DSW founded the Walnut Psychotherapy Center. Based on years of working in private practice in Philadelphia, Danna recognized the need for greater access to long term, psychodynamic psychotherapy in a safe clinical environment.

In addition to her clinical practice, Danna also teaches at Bryn Mawr’s school for Social Work. She teaches electives and core classes including Advanced Social Work Practice and Gender and Sexuality.

Danna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Smith College and a post-baccalaureate degree from Columbia University before completing her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Aside from splitting her time between teaching and clinical work, Danna is a writer and a consultant/speaker for several Philadelphia non-profit organizations. These organizations include JFCS and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia. As a writer, she has published on topics related to love in psychotherapy, eating disorders and the history of relational work. Danna is just completed a book about getting started in the field of clinical social work, incorporating research done on over 100 social workers experiences.

Clinically, Danna’s practice focuses on issues related to LGBTQ identity formation, trauma and addiction.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members
: There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits 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 Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for credits. Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • April 2, 2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm