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Brown Bag Lunch : Modern Psychoanalytic Intervention Strategies


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Melanie Peters, MA,NCC
Susan Saunders, LCSW

Tuesday April 17, 2018
12Noon – 1 pm | 1 CEU

Imagine being a young adult male with a terminal illness and being told that you have less than 6 months to live. This workshop focuses on the case of such a man who, in addition to experiencing multiple traumas throughout his life, was aggressive and resistant to receiving help or support from hospital staff. In such a case, how does a therapist create the holding environment needed for the client to feel safe enough to reveal inner thoughts and feelings?
In presenting this case, the therapist will discuss how MODERN PSYCHOANALYTIC INTERVENTIONS WERE APPLIED TO art therapy PRACTICE to assist the client in building an emotional vocabulary for expressing thoughts and feelings which he previously was unable to verbalize. In addition, the use of art in working through the stages of grief and in gaining insight towards feelings surrounding terminal illness will be presented. Finally, the therapist’s induced feelings about the client as well as the role of supervision in supporting the therapist through this challenging case will be explored.
RSVP: info@acapnj.org or 973-629-1005
Professionals and anyone from the community are Invited!
CEUs are available for many professions for a fee of $15. Call for more information
About the Presenters:
Melanie Peters, MA, NCC is a Mental Health Therapist with the Family Crisis Intervention Unit at Hunterdon Medical Center where she provides community services to adolescents and families in crisis. In addition, Melanie is an Art Therapist who facilitates Art Therapy groups for adult inmates at her county correctional center where she pioneered and implemented the center’s first Art Therapy program. She received her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell University. During her time at Caldwell, Melanie interned with the Atlantic Health System providing art therapy and counseling services to patients and their families at Goryeb Children’s Hospital as well as caregivers and palliative care patients at Overlook Medical Center. Melanie is currently working towards her LPC and ATR and plans on working towards becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Susan L. Saunders, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Summit, N.J. where she has been in practice for over 20 years. She is an advanced clinical candidate at ACAP and a therapist at the North Jersey Consultation Center. Mrs. Saunders began her professional career as a nursery school teacher where using modern psychoanalytic techniques were effective in resolving students’ resistances to maturation. She earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, and an M.S.W. from the Hunter College School of Social Work. She has led workshops at ACAP including clinical supervision, group supervision, and workshops relating to children, parents, and teachers. Mrs. Saunders is a certified clinical supervisor.