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Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 18:30 to 20:30
All day: 

June 4, 2018

Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients
Barbara Van Zoeren, MSW, LICSW
location: Harvard see address above

In this presentation we will discuss ways in which we can work more effectively with our clients' challenging behaviors. We will discuss ways to incorporate our own mindful awareness in ways that enable a better understanding and response to our clients’ intentions and actions in the clinical relationship. We will examine key stylistic strategies and assumptions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that make more effective and compassionate interventions. By applying specific strategies and effective framing of collaborative treatment goals, we can empower clients to see themselves with less judgment and understand their impact on others in the world, often a major cause of their suffering.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe some basic attitudes and practices that might increase the probability of successful treatment
  2. identify some acceptance-based assumptions about clients that have been found helpful for both the therapist and the client
  3. explain the concept of "radical genuineness" and other validation strategies that help when treating emotionally vulnerable clients

Barbara Van Zoeren LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Arlington MA. Her particular areas of interest are in borderline personality disorder, developmental trauma and mindfulness. She is a trained and experienced Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician and supervises and consults to clinicians and families regarding clients and/or loved ones with BPD. Barbara completed the IMP's Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009 and has practiced Vipassana meditation and incorporated mindfulness into her work since then. She also currently teaches a mindfulness course at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work, and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice both explicitly and implicitly, with all her clients and students.