The Center for Professional Development


The Use of Self  in Work with
Disadvantaged Families

NOTE: This program is currently waitlisted. Please contact to request waitlist consideration.

Friday, November 30, 2012

$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
6 CEUs
6 Act 48 Credits

Harry J. Aponte, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, HPHD, is known for his writings and lectures on work with disadvantaged families, the use of self in therapy, and spirituality in therapy. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. He has taught and worked at the Menninger Clinic and was the Director of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He is currently clinical associate professor in Drexel University’s Couple and Family Therapy Program, and conducts a private practice in Philadelphia.

     This workshop will outline the basic and specific clinical tasks social workers face in working with disadvantaged families, such as how to make the sessions live and relevant to them, and build on their personal strengths and resources, including their spirituality. Social workers and therapists are faced with challenges to identify with ethnic and racial circumstances they have not lived, challenges to empathize with life experiences they have not shared, and challenges to find hope and possibility in the face of life obstacles they have not personally known.  The particular challenges to the use of self in all aspects of the work will be addressed in some depth.  

       The relationship between therapist and client will be discussed, including the development of a comprehensive assessment, and in intervening aptly with disadvantaged families who are likely to present issues of difference in ethnicity, race, life experience, social location, and socioeconomic circumstances

      Participants will learn: 1) the concept of the use of self from the vantage point of the Person-of-the-Therapist Model; 2) the six basic clinical tasks of work with disadvantaged families and 3) the corresponding personal challenges to the use of self in carrying out these clinical tasks.

     All levels of post-master’s degreed practitioners are welcome. Those who work in community agencies and clinics will find this seminar particularly useful.