As a psychotherapist, one is called upon to develop a clinical stance that is open, honest, discerning, and many other things. Calling this a “clinical stance,” however, makes this sound like a simple matter of technique to be learned and applied, rather than the real relationship it must truly be.
What we offer as psychotherapists, beyond our theoretical preferences and the clinical stances we maintain, is ourselves. We are the instruments that facilitate the possibility for transformation. It is our authentic, real selves, in communication with the real selves of our patients that facilitate the meeting of minds through which change is possible. These real relationships can open the lives of our patients to new understanding and radically expanded possibilities about how to live.
Using ourselves as our instruments opens us to vulnerability. We may fear being seen by our patients. But change happens when we authentically engage in a therapeutic process, subject to subject.
Caroline Moore is a licensed clinical social worker who is an advanced standing student at ICSW, and I have a full time private psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice in New York City. I work with adults, individually and in couples.
Gina Shropshire, LCSW is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in the Loop and Rogers Park. She is a clinical social worker and a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is also an advanced doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and an instructor in ICSW’s PhD program.
When & Where
Friday, July 28, 2017
9:00 – 12:00 pm
At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Registration & CEUs
Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.