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Full Title: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: A mindful approach to alleviating suffering by staying with the struggle when Transference-Countertransference interactions challenge both client and therapist

9/20/2014
When: 9/20/2014
1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Melissa Alves, PsyD and Abby Meyers, PhD
Contact: Amy Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
404-634-6272


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Full Title: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: A mindful approach to alleviating suffering by staying with the struggle when Transference-Countertransference interactions challenge both client and therapist

This workshop will discuss the types of challenging interactions (feelings and behaviors) common to clients with trauma (big events and chronic strain) histories and their therapists. Approaches are introduced that draw from different sources (e.g., mindfulness, Colin Ross’s Trauma Model Therapy, Glickauf & Wells Object Relations Model, Buddha teachings, motivational interviewing, attachment theory) that are designed to help therapists alleviate the client’s (and their own) suffering. Exercises, films and other types of media may be used to elucidate problematic dynamics, interaction patterns and curative factors designed to offer a corrective experience based on principles of change. Broad and specific cultural implications of this work will be integrated into the presentation.

CE Hours: 3

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify transference-countertransference reactions that challenge the therapeutic relationship.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the components of a correctional relational experience
  3. Participants will be able to utilize techniques introduced in at least two paradigms to create a correctional relational experience with clients.
  4. Participants will be able to identify 2 personal traps or triggers.
About the Presenters:

Dr. Melissa Alves currently works in Behavioral Health as a clinical psychologist with Kaiser Permanente. She has also been a supervisor, instructor, and the previous Training Director at the Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center.

Dr. Abby Meyers is the Psychologist and Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment at the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center, Atlanta, GA.

Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before September 6, 2014 to receive this rate.)
  • $70: GPA Members
  • $20: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $130: Non-members
Registration (After September 6, 2014)
  • $80: GPA Members
  • $30: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $140: Non-members
Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

Cancellation Policy:
Registrants must cancel within five (5) business days through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) Email confirmations will be sent to callers who cancel via the phone. No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
Cancellation Fee: $35

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.