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Therapeutic Blunders Workshop: How Did I Get Here? Where Do I Go Now?

Saturday, November 2, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 4 CE Credit Hours

Faculty: Mara Callister, LCSW, Ashley Mason, CMHC, James Poulton, PhD, Audrey Rice, CMHC  

Workshop Description:

This half-day workshop gives participants an opportunity to learn more about therapeutic blunders, the errors or enactments we can commit in everyday clinical work. The workshop will begin with an overview of select psychodynamic ideas that help participants think more deeply about these errors. Next, clinical case examples from three different psychotherapists will give us case material to explore and make meaning of the sometimes painful reality of therapeutic blunders. The presenters will also address how therapists can recognize, make meaning and move forward from these kinds of mistakes. Along the way, participants are encouraged to engage with the presenters and make use of their own clinical work and experience.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to give an example of a connection between a therapist's countertransference and an enactment or "blunder" in the treatment setting. 
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least three common kinds of therapeutic "blunders" committed by therapists, and three psychodynamic principles or ideas that shed light on how such blunders may occur.
  3. Participants will be able to describe two ways in which a therapist can attempt to make repair for a clinical blunder.



Mara Callister, LCSWW received her MSW from the University of Utah in 2006 and has worked in non-profit and private settings. She is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Bountiful, Utah. Ms Callister completed the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Core Program in 2012 and is a faculty member of the IPI Salt Lake Affiliate.

Ashley Mason, CMHC is a counselor in private practice in Salt Lake City, UT and faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Salt Lake Affiliate. She earned her BA in Political Science at Emory University; obtained her post-baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. She completed IPI's Object Relations Theory and Practice Program and will begin psychoanalytic training with the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) in the summer of 2020. 

Audrey Rice, CMHC is the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Volunteers of America, Utah. In addition, she is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and serves as the co-chair of the International Psychotherapy Institute Salt Lake Affiliate.

James Poulton, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Utah, and a member of the national faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI), based in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for IPI’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, is the chair of its Curriculum Committee, and is the past co-director of its Salt Lake City Chapter. He has written numerous articles and chapters on psychological treatment and theory, and is the author of Object Relations and Relationality in Couple Therapy: Exploring the Middle Ground (2012) and co-author of Internalization: The Origin and Construction of Internal Reality (2001) and Suffering and Sacrifice in the Clinical Encounter (in press, 2019). He has also co-authored two books on the history of art in the American West: LeConte Stewart: Masterworks (2012), and Painters of Grand Teton National Park (2015). 


Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: The Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center, Westminster Campus, Special Events Room

CE Credit Hours: 4

Registration: $95 ($47.50 for full-time students).

You may register either through our Online Registration page, or by downloading the 2019-2020 Registration form from our Downloads Page and mailing it to: IPISLC, 150 S. 600 E, #5C, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102. Pre-register to receive readings and parking passes in advance. For registration questions, contact Ashley Mason, CMHC, IPISLC Director of Training, 385-495-1718 or ashley.mason@gmail.com.

STUDENT DISCOUNTS: proof of current full-time enrollment in a course of study related to mental health required (contact Ashley Mason, CMHC at ashley.mason@gmail.com to complete enrollment).

For additional information, contact Ashley Mason, CMHC at ashley.mason@gmail.com or 385-495-1718. Contact IPISLC at ipislc@comcast.net for more information on any of our programs, including objectives, target audience, instructional level of the activity, schedule, cost, refund/cancellation policy, instructor credentials and CE credit.

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