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Politics in The Clinical Hour: Realities and Reawakenings

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 1110 S. Shenandoah St., Rec Room, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (RESIDENTIAL LOCATION)
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  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU

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Greater LA District

Presenter: Dr. Ellen Ruderman, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW

Description: Dr. Ellen Ruderman invites us into conversation about the challenges of practicing therapy, when threatening impositions of the current world outside may induce states of helplessness and anxiety in both therapist and patient. As world events become more daunting and dangerous, this creates an opportunity, perhaps necessity, for therapists to examine and discuss our own inner process (or countertransference), and possibly to reconsider certain ‘tried and true

practices. How do we maintain our focus on the internal lives of our patients, when external events have the capacity to greatly alter our patients’ emotional states, as well as our own?

Dr. Ruderman invites us to explore and address this new reality, in which we therapists are equally assaulted by the impact of the political and social incursions of our time, and may feel as helpless as our patients. How do we shift, when it is necessary, out of old therapeutic paradigms and become more attuned to the existential anxieties of our patients and ourselves. Dr. Ruderman will use clinical experiences to illustrate her points and encourages you to bring your own clinical examples to enhance the discussion.

About the Presenter: 

Ellen Ruderman, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW is a Member, Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP). She has a Private Practice of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Psychodynamically oriented group and individual consultation in the SanFernando Valley. For many years, she was the Chair of the Southern California Area Chapter of the American Assn. of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and simultaneously Chair, AAPCSW (American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work) National Study Group (2006-2011). Dr. Ruderman was a psychotherapist, supervisor, and coordinator of numerous psycho-educational presentations at Cedars-Sinai Dept. of Psychiatry’s “Thalians Clinic” from 1965-1980. She taught at Cedars-Sinai Dept. of Psychiatry, UCLA, and Immaculate Heart College. She continues to enjoy teaching in the form of Consultation Groups for therapists of all disciplines and has done so since 1975 to the present.

Dr. Ruderman’s many publications include professional articles on countertransference, women’s issues, separation-individuation, life stages and as coordinator and contributor to The Impact of the War, the Economy, Climate change, Healthcare and Political Intrusions on Treatment. Her published books also include: Co-Editor and contributor to Therapies with Women in Transition: Toward Relational Perspectives with Today’s Women, (IUP); Co-Editor and contributor to Contemporary Clinical Practice: The Holding Environmental Under Assault. (Springer). She is Co-editor of two Journal Issues for Psychoanalytic Inquiry - “On Touch” and “Life Stages of the Psychoanalyst.” In 2011 she published her first Novel: Chasing the Red Car :Coming of Age in the McCarthy Era (iUniverse), and is currently preparing for publication her second novel - “Anna’s Journey: A Tribute to Courage and Determination” a partly fictional,partly autobiographical historical novel focusing the lens on the immigrant experience.

Learning objectives:

  1. Explores and addresses a new reality in which therapists and patients are equally assaulted by the impact of the current outside world. 
  2. Focus on countertransference (or inner process) considerations in dealing with the ‘real’ as well as the internal in treatment. 
  3. Discussion of authenticity and mutuality - impact on patient and therapist alike

Location Information:

1110 S. Shenandoah St., Rec Room, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (this is a residential location)

 In addition to street parking, two kosher markets, Glatt Mart and Elat, have given permission to use their parking spaces, behind their stores on Saturdays. They are both located on Pico Blvd, between Wooster and Shenandoah Streets.  If you park in their lots, (on the South side of Pico) cross to the North side of Pico, and walk one long block north on Shenandoah St. to 1110 S. Shenandoah.

CEUs: 2.0 hours


Nadia Aquino | nadiaaquino89@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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