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The Art of Psychotherapy, Workshop 4 Middle Phase: Brilliance & Blunders

  • Sunday, December 06, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Wanda Jewell, MSW, PhD, LCSW


Dr. Jewell will continue the CSCSW series on the therapeutic relationship, moving into the middle phase. Within the context of cultural awareness and using case examples, she will focus on the inner workings of the middle phase: engagement tasks, identifying defenses, and working with Transference and Countertransference.

Using elements of Attachment and Cognitive Behavioral theories, and with the purpose of building relational ability and reworking cognitive distortions, Dr. Jewell will share how she understands and has worked with particular clients in the mid phase of treatment. At times brilliant and sometimes blundering, she will share what seems to have worked and what clearly did not. In the process of ongoing learning we learn well from seeming mistakes in the treatment relationship.

As in past workshops, our format will include a panel of experienced clinicians to respond to audience questions and comments.

As clinicians, we have a tendency to talk about what works and are maybe reluctant to tell what mistakes we make. The middle phase of therapy includes both. The benefits of ongoing consultation will also be discussed.

Please join us for this discussion on the middle phase of the therapeutic relationship.


Participants will:

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the use of explanatory theory in navigating the sometimes confusing middle phase of psychotherapy.
  2. Learn to apply aspects of relevant theory to client material.
  3. Identify aspects of theory that facilitates the work with ego defenses and the issues of transference and countertransference.
  4. Acquire skills for ongoing assessment and treatment interventions within the lens of theory.

      Dr. Wanda Jewell is a psychotherapist in private practice in the City of Glendale, CA and a professor at the USC School of Social Work in Los Angeles. Professor Jewell is a graduate of the USC School of Social Work in 1987. Her PhD in Clinical Social Work is from The Sanville Institute in Berkeley. She has worked as a psychiatric social worker at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk CA and as a Clinical Supervisor and Family Therapist in addiction treatment.

      Wanda also serves as a clinical supervisor for new MSW graduates.

      Contact: www.wandajewell.com
      wj@wandajewell.com | 323-664-1846


      This is a District Meeting coordinated by the SFV District

      SFV District Coordinator

      Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW
      | 818-783-1881 | tmoradia@ucla.edu

      This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

      Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

      Attendance and Registration Policies  

      • Non-members of CSCSW will be charged: $10 admission
      • For CEU’s there will be an additional charge of: $10 per CEU ($15 for 1.5 CEU’s; $20 for 2 CEU’s)
      • CSCSW Members and students will continue to attend and receive CEUs for free

      Cancellation Policy

      • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
      • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
      • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

      Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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