2016 PSPP Brunch Series || Do I Have To Tell My Patients I’m Blind? Ari Pizer, MA, MMT

  • 12 Jun 2016
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location disclosed upon registration for event.
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2016 PSPP Brunch Series:

Do I have to tell my patients I’m blind?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ari Pizer, MA, MMT


Self-disclosure has been discussed from many different perspectives.  This brunch will explore yet another dimension of this expanding area of our literature: the disclosure of a therapist’s disability.  It will describe our presenter’s own conflicts regarding how to talk about his visual impairment with patients — the result of a degenerative eye disease — in a way that respects the patient’s right not to know something about the therapist.  Using a clinical vignette, we will look at how our presenter’s ambivalence over this disclosure became enacted in his work with a college student, and how the eventual disclosure of his vision issue lead to a greater establishment of intimacy in the analysis, and a generative experience that continues to ripple through the therapist’s current work.


We will hear excerpts from the therapist’s article for Psychoanalytic Perspectives (in press), and expand on some of the themes as they have continued to evolve in his clinical work.  As a group, we will discuss the influence of dimension of the therapist’s subjectivity, such as race, gender, sexuality, as well as the less investigated aspects of the therapist’s physical characteristics, and subjectivity, such as disability, age, chronic pain, illness, etc.  We will also discuss how these dimensions of subjectivity are used in ways that either hinder or further the clinical process. 


Learning Objectives:


  1. Describe what is meant by ‘self-disclosure.’

  2. Recite at least one clinical example of how elements of their subjectivity negatively, positively, or inconclusively impacted a patient or moment in the treatment. 


Ari Pizer, MA, MMT is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and is a 2015 Division 39 Graduate Student Scholar.  An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2015 annual IARPP conference in Toronto.

Brunch Times and Locations 

All brunches will be held as follows: 

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch 

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.         Presentation and Discussion 


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.  


PSPP Members:          Free 

Non-Members:           $40 per brunch 


Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CEUs, 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 Dr. Courtney Slater at 562-631-8410 or courtney.l.slater@gmail.comThere 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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