Sunday Brunch: Inadvertent and Unavoidable Multiple Relationships: A Self Psychological Perspective

  • 11 Jan 2009
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.

Presenters—James R. Bleiberg, Psy.D. and Margaret N. Baker, Ph.D.

James Bleiberg, Psy.D. is Associate Professor at West Chester University, where he serves in the department of Counseling and Psychological Services. His private practice is in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he sees teens and adults. He earned a doctorate degree at Widener Univer- sity following a career as a rabbi. His presentation is based on a recent article written with Margaret Baker, Ph.D. published in the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psy- chology in October 2008.

Margaret Baker, Ph.D. is in private practice in Philadelphia, Pa. seeing individuals, couples and families as well as facilitating group psychotherapy. She is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Chester, Pa. She earned her doctorate at Bryn Mawr College in Child Development and Clinical Evaluation. In addition to her interest in boundary issues and self psychology, she is currently writing a book concerning the psychology of money. She is a past president of PSPP.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify the clinical risks in multiple relationships that do not rise to the level of abuse.
  • Participants will be able to identify five stages of ruptured multiple relationships fol- lowing repair: blindness, awakening, struggle, enlightenment and reconciliation.
  • Participants will be able to identify guidelines for working through transferences in a multiple relationship.
In many instances avoidance of multiple relationships is difficult or even impossible. Even if it does not rise to the level of abuse, a multiple relationship may be detrimental in that it causes a severe rupture in the therapeutic alliance. We contend that negative repercussions for
the treatment arise when a multiple relationship thwarts a hopeful expectancy for therapy while simultaneously confirming the fear that the worst of the past will repeat itself. This workshop will present case studies that illustrate this dynamic.

Target Audience: Mental health professionals and graduate students

Instructional Level: Intermediate

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Brunch
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Presentation
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Discussion

Courtesy of Margaret N. Baker, Ph.D.
Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.


These programs are open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. Nonmembers may attend the brunch for free, but must pay $40 if they wish to receive CE credits. Please register in advance to allow for planning of refreshments and seating arrangements. Walk-in registration is also accepted. Please return registration forms to:

Jay Moses, Ph.D.
303 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 2B
Wayne, PA 19087

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