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"Found At Sea: Depth Psychotherapy for Unfathomed Times" with Molly Merson, LMFT, 2 CEs

  • 04/01/2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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"Found At Sea: Depth Psychotherapy for Unfathomed Times"

Presented by: 

Molly Merson, LMFT 

Friday, April 1st, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zoom Meeting
2 CEs

Course Description         

Depth psychotherapy gives us an opportunity to contact and work with complex psychic and affective experience in the context of personal and social change. Offering imaginative space, willingness to be vulnerable, and providing “evenly hovering attention,” we can support our patients/clients in addressing harm, increasing self reflection and action, and dreaming up the kinds of new social and personal relationships each of us may need to navigate a changing climate and social fabric. As clinicians, we can support a non-manualized, facilitated space for people’s curiosity about so many things: Who they are, what they desire, what they fear, how they have come to believe what they do about themselves and the social and material world. Depth psychotherapy can provide a frame for both therapist and client to enter into an associative reverie state where we listen on multiple registers to the patient’s unconscious material and enactments of unconscious processes, thereby opening up avenues for healing and transformation that may be hidden or repressed from the conscious mind.

Using clinical vignettes, discussion, personal experience, and weaving in queer theory, Black feminist scholarship, psychoanalytic theory, disability studies, and social theory, this course will address how depth psychotherapy is an embodied practice that has capacity to address trauma, contact psychic and affective experience, and address structures and systems which influence and shape, and are shaped by, unconscious fantasy. This course aims to support collective and interdisciplinary scholarship with discussions and questions that may help open up “potential space” for new considerations in clinical approaches that can support us as we navigate these unfathomed times.

Learning Objectives

After attending, participants will be able to: 

  1. Define three key concepts/terms relevant to depth/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  2. Implement at least one technique of depth/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  3. Identify at least one clinical encounter where depth psychotherapy could be useful in their own practice of talk therapy.
  4. Identify one way in which systems of power (class, race, gender, dis/ability) impact mental health.


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        About Molly Merson

        Molly MersonMolly Merson, LMFT is in independent practice in California working primarily with adults and adolescents in psychoanalysis and talk therapy. A candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Molly is active in the psychoanalytic community, including participation over the years on several committees aimed at incorporating decolonial approaches to healing into our clinical conversations. Molly is actively engaged in interrogating whiteness and other systems of power in personal, professional, and clinical life. Molly also writes articles and blog posts about the social and the psychoanalytic, and appears on podcasts discussing psychoanalysis in everyday life. Find out more here:

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        Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

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        • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

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