August 21 – Friday Night Lecture at Austen Riggs Center
When Social Privilege Favors the Patient: Power Negotiations and Confused Subordination in Psychotherapy
Yasmin Roberts Memorial Lecture
Friday Night Guest Lectures are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit.
This lecture will focus on the seldom-addressed therapeutic dyad in which social privilege favors the patient. Through her matrix of relative privilege, Fors will discuss how social power issues are inevitably negotiated in the therapeutic setting and how this process plays out in transference, countertransference, and resistance. Drawing on empirical research from other areas on how people handle sudden loss of privilege, Fors explores the implications of such disparities and explores playful (versus more narcissistically defensive) ways to handle clinical situations in which a patient is dependent on a socially less-privileged therapist.
For questions, additional information, and to register please visit https://www.austenriggs.org/event/when-social-privilege-favors-patient-power-negotiations-and-confused-subordination.