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Unraveling Cultural Countertransference: The Experience of Western-Trained Caucasian Therapists Working with Asian-American Adults

  • Saturday, January 05, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • 1110 S. Shenandoah St. Rec Room Los Angeles, CA 90035


  • FREE

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CSCSW is excited to co-sponsor this workshop with the re-energized Los Angeles chapter of merican Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

Presenter: Lynn Rosenfield, PhD, LCSW
Discussant:  Samoan Barish, LCSW, DSW, PhD


This presentation describes my qualitative research about the countertransference experiences of seven psychodynamically-trained Caucasian therapists who each treated an Asian-American adult for at least a year. These seasoned clinicians from a variety of religious, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds were interviewed about their beliefs, feelings, and sense of connection with their American-born clients whose parents had immigrated from Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. The relevance of Western theories, such as attachment, identity of the self, and cultural competency, are also explored.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to distinguish:

  • Define cultural countertransference and understand its place in the evolution of diversity theory and the contemporary conceptualization of countertransference 
  • Identify the 6 components of cultural countertransference that emerged in my qualitative study
  • Explore the relevance of Western-based theories such as attachment, separation/individuation, theories of the self and cultural competency when working with clients of Asian-American identity

About the Presenter: 
Lynn Rosenfield, PhD, LCSW received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her doctorate from the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. She also completed a three-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Lynn maintains a private clinical practice in LA, working with individuals, couples and families as well as co-mediating divorces with an attorney partner. She served as a faculty/field advisor for Smith College School for Social Work for 18 years and is currently adjunct faculty in their certificate program in advanced clinical supervision. She also is on the faculty of the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. Lynn has published an article, Web-Based Supervisor Training: Real Relationships in Cyberspace (Smith College Studies in Social Work, special issue on clinical supervision, 2012). Most recently, Lynn has become co-coordinator, along with Dr. Samoan Barish, of the Los Angeles area chapter of AAPCSW.

About the Discussant:
Samoan Barish, LCSW, DSW, PhD, received her MSW from UC Berkeley, her doctorate in Social Work from USC and her PhD from The New Center for Psychoanalysis, formerly the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. She has been on the faculty of the Sanville Institute since its planning year and is a former Dean. She is a member and former president of the AAPCSW and is currently the co-coordinator of the local Los Angeles area chapter. She is also a board member of the International Forum for Psychoanalysis (IFPE). She has presented at many national and international conferences and has written and published on many subjects. She has a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

CEUs: 2.0 CEU hours for LCSW’.s, MFT’, and LPC’s. Note: Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers -- as long as your supervisor approves participation, you can now use CEs toward LCSW hours

Parking: 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.

District Coordinators:

Nadia Aquino | nadiaaquino89@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)
Lizabeth Thompson | lizabeth.thompson.msw@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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