It's Like Seeing a Dog Walk on its Hind Legs: Extra-Analytic Contact, Overlapping Relationships, and Engagement with Clients Outside the Consulting Room

  • 06 May 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Wayne, PA (exact location to be emailed to registrants prior to event)
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It's Like Seeing a Dog Walk on Its Hind Legs: Extra-Analytic Contact, Overlapping Relationships, and Engagement with Clients Outside the Consulting Room 

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Kyle Schultz, Psy.D., M.Ed.
Wayne, PA

This presentation will discuss the ubiquitously experienced but less often discussed moments of running into patients outside of the consulting room. Traditional conceptualizations of such moments predominantly suggest that they may disrupt or interfere with treatment by reducing transference fantasies due to the reality of the therapist/analyst being observed. Relational and intersubjective theories, as informed by Feminist perspectives, have more recently started to consider ways in which chance and planned-for interactions outside of the consulting room provide moments of meaning that seem only possible due to the frame being momentarily disrupted. Analyst/therapist subjectivity, the experience of identifying as and working with cultural minorities (specifically LGBT populations), and the analyst/therapist's engagement in culturally-specific events and social media apps will be used as an examples of having to manage having a personal life that overlaps with one's work.

Learning Objectives:  After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe extra-analytic contact and overlapping relationships.
  2. List traditional and contemporary relational/intersubjective/feminist perspectives on managing these experiences.
  3. Analyze their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors about analyst/therapist having a personal life and the potential for extra-analytic contact/overlapping relationships.

Reference: Graham, S. G. & Liddle, B. J. (2009). Multiple relationships encountered by lesbian and bisexual psychotherapists: How close is too close? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(1), 15-21.

Kyle Schultz, Psy.D., M.Ed., is a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, he works as a full-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's master's program in Counseling and Mental Health Services teaching courses related to practicum, counseling interventions, human sexuality, advanced ethics, and sociocultural issues in counseling. Dr. Schultz is also the clinical supervisor for the peer counselors at the William Way Center, an LGBT+ community center in Philadelphia, PA. Much of his works centers around issues related to human sexuality including sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual trauma, compulsive sexuality, and diverse sexual practices. Dr. Schultz is currently in training at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP) to become a certified psychoanalyst.  

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website,, by locating the brunch you would like to attend, clicking on ‘register’, and following the instructions.  Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your registration if you are unable to attend so that your space may become available to another participant. To cancel a registration, please contact Katy Cording, Psy.D. at or 908-403-4956.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members. These programs are intended for those with an intermediate and above level of knowledge and experience.

Brunch Times and Location

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 specific 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 to 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 Kelly Bassett, MEd at 646-510-1593. 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 be reasonably construed as conflict of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.


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