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Considering Boundaries and the Frame in the Ethical Practice of Psychotherapy

  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU (1.5 CEUS)

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Mid-Peninsula District

Presenter: Dena Sorbo, LCSW

Description:  In this program we will consider some of the topics that confront clinicians in daily practice regarding the boundaries of our relationship. We will consider the understanding of how a client's unconscious communication and the therapist's unconscious desires can affect the slippery slope. We will look at how to understand when we have begun to slide and the clinical significance of such enactments. We will look at the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations. Some use of clinical vignettes will assist our understanding.


  1. Understand the concept of the frame to aid in maintaining appropriate clinical boundaries. 
  2. Have an understanding of projective identification and its impact on clinical enactments. 
  3. Apply basic knowledge and self awareness in the service of preventing boundary violations.

    About the Presenter: 

    Dena Sorbo LCSW is an experienced clinician, educator and psychoanalyst in private practice in Los Altos. She treats individuals, couples and families in long and short term analytically oriented treatment. Dena received her psychoanalytic training at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis where she has held several leadership positions and is currently the Associate Chair and Faculty Chair of the SFCP - Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. She has been a long time member and contributor to the CSCSW.


    The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 

    CEU INFORMATION: 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 admission and an additional $15 for CEUs ($25)


    Virginia Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com 
    Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com

    All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650-460-9210.

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