Film: In Treatment HBO Series

Clinical Title: In Treatment: Exploring Clinical and Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice

Presenter: Adam Guss, MSS, LCSW

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 6 pm – 10 pm | 2 CEs
(Registration begins at 5:30 pm.)
Location: Narberth, PA
Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

This is a PSCSW Member Event Only Program

6:00-7:00: In Treatment (Episodes 13 and 14)
7:00-8:00: Group Discussion
8:00-9:00 In Treatment (Episodes 15 and 16)
9:00-10:00 Group Discussion

Description & Reason for Film Choice:
An emotional and provocative series, 'In Treatment' brings dynamic focus to a staple of modern society - the psychotherapy session. Adapted from a popular Israeli series, the show follows psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne, who won a Golden Globe® for his role) through his week, capturing sessions with his patients ( The series presents a unique opportunity to explore a variety of clinical issues and ethical dilemmas including preconceived notions of “best care” practices. The attendees will also have the opportunity to consider how they would respond to the scenarios presented in the show in a critical and dynamic dialogue with colleagues.

Theoretical Orientations: Pychodynamic, systems, person-in-environment, motivational interviewing, Rogerian

Key Concepts: Transference and countertransference, immediacy, ethical dilemmas, differential diagnosis, psychopathology, building rapport, and boundaries.


  1. Explore the multi-faceted dynamics of clinical social work practice including building rapport, setting boundaries, and choosing an intervention strategy based on clinical goals.
  2. Consider members’ past experiences with similar situations, or consider oneself in such a situation, and explore personal biases, transference, and countertransference. Additionally, discuss the use of immediacy in the therapeutic dyad.
  3. Discuss ways to overcome clinical dilemmas while maintaining an effective and culturally competent practice. Consider the use of a variety of clinical orientations to understand clients’ psychopathology and provide the most ethical, and best possible, care for our clients.

About the Presenter:
Adam Guss, MSS, LCSW, is a member of PSCSW. Adam Guss is in full time psychotherapy practice and is also a workshop presenter having presented for the PSCSW Coffee & Conversation. Adam Guss presents on the themes of Love, Anger, Bowen Family Systems Theory and personal values clarification.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 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. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • December 2, 2017
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm