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Slippery Slopes & Therapeutic Opportunities: Traumatic Countertransference, Enactments & Love

Friday, May 24, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Childhood abuse is a traumatic experience of love which continues to haunt our clients as they seek caring relationships. Trauma survivors are more likely to show us the wordless trauma they cannot yet speak. Their disowned, dissociated and unspoken experiences appear between the therapist and client. 

Laurie Kahn, MA, MFA, LCPC and Janet Migdow, PhD, LCPC,  both experts in the field of trauma, will explore the ongoing impact of relational traumas and the slippery slope of traumatic transference and countertransference, where therapeutic missteps are common and therapeutic opportunities are ever present. 

They will teach participants tools for listening to the unspoken and guide clinicians in the creation of therapeutic relationships that can repair the damage from past relational traumas.  They will discuss traumatic enactments, empathic breaks and repair, with a special focus on the process of healing from toxic experiences of love. 

This workshop is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn how to better help those who are impacted by relational trauma.  This training is appropriate both for therapists new to the field and those more experienced who want to deepen their understanding of the treatment of complex trauma.  A special focus will be the challenge and the skills required to make use of the inevitable slippery slope of traumatic transference and countertransference within the therapeutic relationship.


Facilitated by Laurie Kahn, LCPC and Janet Migdow, PhD

Laurie Kahn, MA, MFA, LCPC  (left) is the founder and director of Womencare Counseling and Training Center.  She is a pioneer in the field of trauma treatment.  For nearly forty years, her ideas and expertise have served clients who have experienced childhood trauma. Read more.

Janet Migdow, PhD, LCPC is a relational psychodynamic clinician, founder of Options Counseling, and co-founder of the Trauma Consultation Training Program.  She has been in private practice for 40 years, specializing in the treatment of trauma survivors and those with dissociative spectrum disorders.  Read more.

Continuing Education Credits

6 CEUs are available to LSWs/LCSWs, LPCs/LCPCs, LMFTs, PhDs and PsyDs.


Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request a refund.  All refund requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the event and are subject to an administrative charge of $30.00.  Cancellations must be emailed to [email protected] and will not be accepted by telephone.


Location and Parking

This workshop will be held at Hilton Garden Inn which is located at 1818 Maple Avenue in Evanston, between Church and Emerson Streets.  For further directions, please visit the hotel website here.

There is a parking garage next door to the hotel.  Parking is available with validation at a discounted rate of $5.  The hotel is within 3 blocs of the Davis Street Metra Station and Davis Street stop on the CTA Purple Line.



The workshop will be held in fully accessible rooms.


Program Fee – includes 6 CEUs

$165 through May 1, 2019 (early bird discount) 
$185 after May 1

Please call for information on group rates and/or partial scholarships.

Continental breakfast served

A 1-hour break will be provided for lunch on your own



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Friday, May 24, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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