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  • 0 NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas NP0012, Ethics, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett 12.12.2011 21:45
    It was an excellent conversation. I appreciate the humanity and integrity that comes through when MaryJo speaks of setting the stage for therapy,discussing boundaries,creating the safety and holding as well as the need for consultation and constant monitoring of the therapist's self. This is the essence of what it means to do the work, thank you, Mary Jo.
  • 0 NP0008 The Great Attachment DebateNP0008, Attachment, Session 4, David Schnarch 09.02.2011 13:21
    I was reminded of an experience as David Schnarch's patient in a role playing experience in a 10 day training session years ago. The paradigm shift from tender holding to energetic engagement with such a powerful presence was radical . Further, I experienced Dave's confrontational style and presence holding me in a crucible in which I felt exposed but fully seen. My own definition of empathy was forever transformed by that experience, and my practice re-invented as a result. What did not come through in his presentation today was
    my own feeling of being fully seen without judgement, which is in itself transforming.
  • 0 NP0008 The Great Attachment DebateNP0008, Attachment, Session 2, Jerome Kagan 08.19.2011 14:17
    Thank you for a thought provoking discussion. I have two main questions:
    1. How do we unpack the concept of class and identification. Indeed, if we know that class is the strongest predictor of mental illness, then what about class (is it poverty, stress, threats of violence, social insecurity, etc) that impacts development and to what extent? How do they impact each other in a causal model?
    2. As a recent graduate student, I am struck by how little class figures as a concern in therapists' education. I believe I was taught about how to recognize my biases in an effort not to alienate a diverse clientele, and also to recognize biases in treatment. However, I do not believe that I have been taught about how to work on class issues -- and to understand what nodes/ issues are important in class experience. In fact I would say that the training undervalues the role of class -- in an effort perhaps to counteract inherent class bias in our culture.
    Eliza Gomart, MA

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