November 2-4, 2018
Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 

Friday, November 2 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Our Clients’ Family Systems: Understanding Our Responses and Reactions

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We do not work in a vacuum with our clients. Instead, the quality of our work is as much related to our reactions to the family of the client as it is to our reactions to the clients themselves. The role of countertransference surely impacts the work we do; however, this session will reach further into the cascade of events in the broader family system. The therapist has a reaction to a parent or guardian, our response to that person in turn affects their interactions with the child, and so on. If we are attuned to what is going on interpersonally, we can be more deliberate about making the best possible choices for our client. This session will explore the ways in which our reactions to clients’ families impinge on our work and ways to deal more effectively with those reactions.

Participants will be able to: identify their own emotional reactions to a client’s family; explain how and why automatic/reflexive emotional reactions to others occur; describe the ways their reactions to family systems affect their work with clients; use their emotional reactions as sources of information for their work with clients and families; and effectively manage frustrations in their relationship with family systems.

Note: This session is available to AET member and is limited to 25 participants.


Ann Gordon, PhD, BCET

Ann Gordon, a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Oakland and San Rafael, California, has spent more than 40 years working with children, adults, and families in educational, research and clinical environments. In Chicago in the 1980s, she founded Educational Services... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom V

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