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The Client-Therapist Relationship in Film: Ethics, Boundaries, Trauma and Counter-transference

November 25 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169.00, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

In this creative, interactive, and fun workshop, participants will have the opportunity to process and analyze the fascinating client-therapist dynamics depicted in popular cable and network TV shows. As we follow the therapist’s relationships with a variety of clients, as well as his own therapist, we will dissect issues including appropriate versus inappropriate boundaries, limit-setting, and the proper use of self-disclosure. We will also use these relationships to identify specific transferential and counter-transferential dynamics that can emerge in treatment and process how to navigate through the clinical dilemmas that are often created when these issues surface.

COMAR and the NASW Code of Ethics – Ethical Challenges and Deviations

Participants will learn about deviations in the standard of care as outlined by COMAR and the NASW Code of Ethics. There will be many opportunities to weigh-in about and debate the ways in which the therapist in this series handles the ethical challenges that inevitably appear in session.

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Learning Objectives


  • Describe at least three transferential issues that can emerge in treatment and the impact they have on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Describe at least three counter-transferential dynamics that can emerge in treatment and the impact they have on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Identify at least three deviations in the standard of care, as outlined by COMAR.
  • Process the ethical use of clinician self-disclosure in therapy.



  • Putting clients in a traumatized family of origin
  • Understanding traumatic transference
  • Processing film clips: trauma’s impact on the therapeutic relationship
  • Therapists and counter-transference

10:30-10:40     Break


  • Processing common “reactive modes”
  • Empathic disequilibrium: film clip
  • Empathic withdrawal: film clips
  • Empathic enmeshment: film clip
  • Empathic repression: film clip
  • Counter-transferential issues and their impact on therapy

12:00-1:00       Lunch


  • Therapist’s rage: film clip
  • Desire to re-parent: film clip
  • Sexualizing clients: film clip
  • Is self-disclosure clinically useful?: film clip

2:30-2:40         Break


  • How to respond when I client says, “I love you”: film clips
  • Dual relationships: film clip
  • When clients test boundaries: film clips
  • The ethics of gift giving
  • The ethics of termination: film clip

3:50-4:00         Evaluations


“I absolutely loved it—good tools to use in the office and in honoring what we know.” — Maryann C.