Understanding and Preventing Sexual Boundary Violations in Therapy

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Ann Sola, MPH, PsyD


7:00 - 9:00 pm at OPC

*Ethics Credits

$70 non-members
$63 members
$35 residents-Interns-Graduate Students

As psychodynamic therapists, it is our job to identify and manage the intense feelings that surface when we work with our patients. Transference based treatment requires that we actively engage with negative, positive, sexualized, and eroticized transferences. Learning how to work with the transference is a large part of our training.

This course examines improperly managed erotic/sexual transferences and countertransferences as well as other factors that contribute to sexual boundary violations in therapy. Numerous studies related to transgressions in therapy will be presented. A large part of the content will be based on the writings of Andrea Celneza, PhD and the studies she has compiled on this topic.

The course is open to all disciplines of therapists (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors) who practice psychodynamically. The course is also open to practitioners who are not trained to work in the transference but would like to learn more about this.


  1. What is the prevalence rate of sexual boundary violations in therapy?
  2. What are some misconceptions about sexual boundary violations in therapy?
  3. What puts therapists at risk for sexual misconduct?When should a therapist seek help/support?
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