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The Art of Psychotherapy, Workshop 5: The Middle Phase Continues | The Path to Integration

  • Sunday, February 21, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Wanda Jewell, MSW, PhD, LCSW


This series of the Art of Psychotherapy has been organized by Dr. Tanya Moradians, CSCSW Coordinator of the San Fernando Valley District and Dr. Wanda Jewell, Professor at the USC School of Social Work. Dr. Jewell has generously offered to present this series free of charge and by so doing has provided an educational gift to social work students and CSCSW members.

The material presented in this series focuses on the traditional psychodynamic framework that has been the underpinnings of Clinical Social Work since its beginning. Currently, the Schools of Social Work throughout the country have been turning away from the psychodynamic framework toward a short-term, evidenced based method of treatment. The Schools of Social Work are not offering classes on psychodynamic psychotherapy any longer.

By offering this series, it is hoped that the psychodynamic framework will continue to be learned and understood by new Social Work students. It is a framework that can also include use of the short-term therapies. Although this series is not an exhaustive explanation of psychodynamic psychotherapy, it is offered as a stimulus for those who may be interested to pursue further knowledge of this framework.

Previous recordings of this series, number 1 through 4, are available free of charge to CSCSW members and students and available to non-members for a fee. 

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The middle phase of psychotherapy is a constant working and re-working of those various disappointments, past and current traumas, poor self-esteem, grieving over past and present losses and metabolizing stored emotions.

Dr. Jewell continues the discussion of the middle phase of psychotherapy. As trust and a sense of safety builds and straightens the therapeutic alliance, defensive barriers begin to come down.

Once trust is formed, people begin sharing what is really going on. We remember to slow down, work with the reality of a person’s lived experience. We can see the true self (Winnicott) in the spontaneous gesture, when the person can let down their guard.

Conceptual assumptions:

  • The psyche of each person naturally moves towards health.
  • Most people come to therapy with loss, trauma, disappointments, unprocessed separations, and childhood issues from invalidating environments.
  • Many people in therapy feel fragmented and may feel disconnected from themselves and others.
  • Transference (prior life experience) plays out in subtle and blatant ways in the therapy and in the person’s life.
  • Insight and trust leads towards integration.

Examples of our clinical tasks:

  • Catch the transference the person is playing out in the relationship and in their life. Your countertransference is a clue.
  • Facilitate connection even when stress, confusion, and lapses of trust occur.
  • Treat underlying causes rather than symptoms.
  • Be alert to spontaneous gestures.
  • Play in the work.

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

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


      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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