#MeToo in the Countertransference

The #MeToo movement has upended the public discourse about sexual violence and has called into focus the systems that allow sexual harassment and assault to thrive. The movement encourages people – often women – to give voice to their own experiences of sexual and emotional mistreatment, objectification, and abuses of power.  In the wake of this cultural outcry, and the backlash against it, clinicians are faced with certain acute countertransference dilemmas in work with victims and offenders alike.  This seminar focuses on how clinicians can utilize their reactions as means to better understand the patient’s experience.   The presenters use examples from their work to illustrate how countertransference introspection can deepen and further the clinical encounter.


Kerstin Blumhardt, PhD is an instructor in the master’s and doctoral programs at ICSW. In this capacity, she teaches clinical practice courses and provides case consultation to students. She also maintains a private practice in Burr Ridge, IL where she works with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Blumhardt’s areas of clinical expertise include psychodynamic family therapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy, and couples treatment.

Jenna White, MA, L.P.C., is a PhD student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and a psychotherapist with adults, adolescents, groups, and couples.  She specializes in the treatment of disordered eating, body image anxieties, chronic pain, attachment issues, and addictive/ compulsive behaviors.  Other clinical interests include issues of self-harm, bullying, divorce, infidelity, trauma, sexual assault, racism, grief, mood disorders, working with members of the LGBTQIA community, those in alternative sexual and relationship lifestyles, those reentering society after an incarceration, and other marginalized populations. Her advanced training in theater, creative writing, mindfulness, yoga, dialectical behavior therapy, and analytic process groups also informs her work.

When & Where

Friday, August 17, 2018
9:00 – 12:00 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $50.00 / $40.00 (Full-time student & clinician rate)

Please email Sebastién Beaudet for reduced rate.

THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Sebastién Beaudet.

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact Shawna Jennings or 312-935-4234.