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Addressing Transference in Trauma Treatment

Amelio D'Onofrio, Ph.D., Fordham University

photo by Joanna Mercuri

Clinical Professor Amelio D’Onofrio, Ph.D., will be presenting this week at “psychotherapy’s most celebrated gathering, the 2017 Psychotherapy Network Symposium.

His presentation is titled Addressing Transference in Trauma Treatment: When the Internalized Abuser Gets in the Way.

A sad but basic fact of human psychology is that in the wake of trauma we can often internalize our abuser, adopting that person’s destructive voice and attitude as nonstop self-criticism. This punitive voice can instill negative expectations for relationships in general, and with the psychotherapist in particular, thus short-circuiting the healing process. This workshop will focus on identifying and intervening with this punishing internalized presence in a way that can repair ruptures in the therapeutic relationship and get therapy back on track. Read more.

Next month, Dr. D’Onofrio will host the Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma conference at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. The full-day conference will include various speakers and a film screening. Counselors and social workers will be able to earn 5.5 Continuing Education Hours. Read more about the conference and register.


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