IARPP Australia 2024 Seminar Series

Power, Privilege and Group Identifications in the Consulting Room

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Malin Fors Seminar Part 1

Location : Participation available via Zoom Teleconferencing
Date: Saturday 02 March 2024, 09:00am - 11:00am
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Please Note: To preserve and respect both intellectual property rights and confidentiality, the seminar will not be recorded, nor is recording permitted.


Malin Fors

Malin Fors Seminar
Power issues in psychotherapy Part 1

Working with interpersonal power dynamics in psychotherapy.

Seminar Description:

This two-part seminar series addresses disparities in social privilege and their practical implications for psychotherapists. In the first meeting, Dr. Fors will discuss core themes of her book, A Grammar of Power in Psychotherapy (APA Books), and her upcoming book, tentatively titled 'Working with Interpersonal Power Dynamics in Psychotherapy' (Guilford Press). In the second seminar, she will present case material from her Master Clinician APA therapy training video, ”The Dynamics of Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy.” to be analyzed and discussed with the audience.

Power issues in psychotherapy Part 1- Working with interpersonal power dynamics in psychotherapy

Most training on cultural competence, power-sensitive ethics, feminist psychotherapy, and similar areas focuses on addressing power discrepancies. This training goes further: It is about repair, about what to do in the clinical setting beyond noticing unfairness or improving one’s “cultural competence” or creating ”cultural safety”. Without minimizing differences among varying social power categories such as racism, ageism, homophobia, and sexism, it aims to integrate scholarship from a range of human rights fields into a flexible construct that is useful regardless of which power theme is addressed. Dr. Fors will suggest non-shaming ways for therapists to engage with difficult topics, without anxiety about making errors or being insufficiently competent. She will posit that social power issues are embedded in all psychotherapy and that ignoring their presence can lead to errors in building the alliance, developing a case formulation, making interventions, and noticing trauma triggers. Becoming more aware of power dynamics helps us make more effective technical choices. The seminars suggest how to increase therapeutic effectiveness within the therapist´s preferred model. In other words, its perspective can easily be integrated with any therapy method. Dr. Fors posits a matrix of relative privilege that includes four core patient therapist dynamics: similarity of privilege, privilege favoring the therapist, privilege favoring the patient, and similarity of non-privilege. Clinical topics explored include, among many others, voluntary and involuntary self-disclosure, visible and invisible similarities between patient and therapist, internalized oppression, and choosing whether or not to address privilege explicitly.

CLICK HERE for information on Part 2 of this seminar series.

About the Speaker:

Malin Fors is a psychologist and psychoanalyst residing in Hammerfest, Norway - the world's northernmost town. Dr. Fors has served at the local psychiatric outpatient clinic and in private practice for 16 years. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Technology Sydney and Associate Professor at the Arctic University of Norway. She has been a guest lecturer in psychology for numerous universities in Scandinavia and teaches medical students about cultural sensitivity and power issues. She is the author of A Grammar of Power in Psychotherapy (APA Boos, 2018), recently translated into Swedish, for which she won the Johanna Tabin Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology. She has appeared in a Master Clinician DVD in the APA Psychotherapy Series.

To work with her upcoming book “Working with Interpersonal Power Dynamics in Psychotherapy” Dr. Fors was an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 2020. She received the Research Award for Finnmark Hospital Trust, Norway, in 2021, and was awarded the Psychotherapy Literature Stipend by the Stockholm Academy for Psychotherapy Education (SAPU) in 2022.

Dr. Fors currently serves on the Board for Psychotherapy Institute Oslo where she is also a teaching and supervising faculty member.

IARPP Australia members $70 AUD
Non-members $85 AUD
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