Clinical Education: Winnocott and a Dyke to Watch Out For

Clinical Study and Supervision Group (16 CE’s)

Winnocott and a Dyke to Watch Out for

After 20 years of chronicling lesbian life with her Dykes to Watch Out For weekly comic publications, Alison Bechdel turned her keen eye for relational nuance to her family relations in her critically acclaimed “tragicomedies” Fun Home and Are You My Mother. Are You My Mother is an autobiographical case study of her relationship with her mother, and transferential mother therapists/partners, through her chosen lens of Winnocottian Object Relations therapy, in graphic novel form.

In this seminar we will pair her writings with selected articles/chapters by both Winnocott and contemporary theorists on his writings.

Winnocott and a Dyke to Watch Out For will be co-sponsored by the Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice, and Therapy Center of Philadelphia: Affordable Therapy for Women and Trans Communities.

There will be two groups, one in Glenside and one in Center City, running concurrently every other Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 9 to 11, beginning Tuesday and Thursday March 14th and 16th through June. This 8-week seminar is part of an ongoing series of study/supervision group focusing on Introductory Concepts in Psychoanalysis, Object Relations and Relational Psychotherapy Theory.

While analytic theory is often hetero-privileging and encumbered by gendered conceptualizations, our group will take a decidedly feminist stance, exploring analytic theory with gender fluidity. Using analytic precedent, we will explore theory through lenses of gender function versus form, and unpack concepts symbolically versus literally.

Clinical supervision is a vital component of a rich, rewarding practice. Our work demands much from us: emotional and psychic drain that is difficult to explain, even to ourselves. Clinical isolation interferes with our ability to bring a clear, dynamic mind to our work.

This supervision group does not involve formal case presentations. Instead, as we digest elements of clinical theory, participants discuss cases or aspects of cases that come to mind. Readings will encourage a shared language for case discussion and create focal points for learning.

This study/supervision group is designed for both seasoned clinicians who are new to analytic thinking and concepts and newer clinicians who are interested in setting themselves on a path towards long-term relationally focused work. There are two groups forming, one in Glenside and one in Center City..

When: Every other Tuesday for 8 sessions, 9 to 11 am, starting March 14th 2017
When: Every other Thursday for 8 sessions, 9 to 11 am, starting March 16th 2017
Where: Thursday am series at Therapy Center of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia
Building 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1004, Philadelphia, PA 19017
Where: Tuesday am series at 1632 Chattin Road, Glenside PA 19038
Cost: $320 for series of 8 sessions
CE’s Available: Total of 16
If Interested: Please contact Karen at

Karen L. Smith MSS, LCSW received her Master degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Advanced Clinical Training at the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI), formally the International Institute for Object Relations Therapy (IIORT). For 10 years she studied Object Relations theories, theorists and concepts with the same group of clinicians every other week in a study/supervision group through the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center, a chapter of IPI. She maintains a private practice and supervision consultation practice in Glenside Pennsylvania, and runs Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice.

Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice, is a group psychotherapy practice which provides clinical services in multiple locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area. We specialize in making thoughtful matches of clients and clinicians based on clients’ stated needs, clinicians’ specialties and education, at the styles and personalities of each. Our free initial consult is done by our Director, to bring our strongest clinician assessment to bear on the match.

Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) has provided affordable therapy to Philadelphia since 1972. Our mission is to nurture individual well-being and personal growth by providing high-quality, affordable psychotherapy services to women and transgender communities in a feminist environment. This includes individual, group, and couples therapy, music therapy for trans and gender non-conforming communities, an EMDR/trauma program, trans specific services, a Maybe Baby LGBT prospective parents group, psychological testing, trauma-informed yoga, and low-cost medication management referrals.  TCP strives to be completely trans-affirming and understands that how we experience our lives is influenced and shaped by our multiple identities (race, class, sexual orientation, etc.). All of our services are offered on a sliding fee scale and are not time limited.

NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. up to 16 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Contact us

Clinical Education: Winnocott and a Dyke to Watch Out For February 22, 2017

Latest Posts

1632 Chattin Road
Laverock, PA 19038