SFJ Announces an Eight Week Masters Class for Clinicians and First Responders

In the past few years it has become increasingly clear that Orthodox Jews face particular challenges in dealing with issues of sexual abuse within their communities. There is an increasing need for clinicians to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the etiology, course and treatment of issues pertaining to sexual abuse. With this in mind, SFJ has developed a Masters Class for clinicians.

This course will cover common transference/countertransference paradigms that arise in clinical situations. Clinical vignettes from the instructor and from participants will be used to illustrate how these theoretical constructs play out in real-world therapeutic interactions. The course will also focus on common relational aftereffects of sexual abuse including: distrust of power and authority, rage, difficulty with healthy emotional and sexual relationships with others, as well as compulsive and boundary-les sexuality and abusive relationships. Particular attention will be paid to the role of shame and how it plays out within the Orthodox community. This course will pay particular attention to the way in which caring for this population presents a particular challenge to the clinician, in particular vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.

While it will involve weekly assigned readings, this course is specifically intended to be responsive to participants' clinical challenges.

The course will run Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Classes will meet weekly through June 8, 2010.

This course will be taught by Alison Feit, Ph.D. Sexual Abuse Service, William A. White Institute.