Brunch Series - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Orthodox Judaism: Clinical Implications

  • 07 Jun 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Villanova
  • 9


  • Brunches are free for all active PSPP Members.

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Orthodox Judaism: Clinical Implications

Katherine Shrager, Psy.D.
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Location: Villanova, PA

This program will explore the topic of working with Orthodox Jewish clients. Dr. Shrager will identify religious and cultural practices and beliefs that distinguish the Orthodox Jew from other clients. She will highlight some ways in which these intersect with normal life cycle events, transitions, and stressors. This program will provide some basic information that will allow therapists to enter into such relationships with greater empathy and understanding, as well as a stronger cultural and religious knowledge base for inquiring into the client's personal inner life. Clinical examples will illustrate these cultural beliefs and practices in the clinical encounter.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify and utilize vocabulary associated with Orthodox Judaism.

2. List several important values and practices of Orthodox Judaism.

3. Discuss the ways in which psychoanalytic psychotherapy and Orthodox Judaism interconnect.

Katherine Shrager, Psy.D.
earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from Widener University in 2006. She completed her dissertation research on the intersubjective use of music in individual psychotherapy. She completed her predoctoral internship training at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment on the Eating Disorders Unit and her postdoctoral training at West Chester University in the Counseling Center. She is currently in private practice in Bala Cynwyd and works with many young adults in the Orthodox Jewish po
pulation who are navigating related life transitions.


Villanova, PA

Exact Location will be
e-mailed to registrants.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so that your space becomes available to another participant. To cancel a reservation, please contact Emily Loscalzo, PsyD at or 215-479-3555.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

Brunch Times and Locations

All Brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM  Brunch

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM   Presentation                       and                                 Discussion


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered.


PSPP Members:        Free
Non-Members:         $40 per brunch

Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CE’s, and brunch.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D. at 267-634-1719 or e-mail There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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