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Scientific Meeting: Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy, Barry Farber, Ph.D. (2 CE Hours Available)

December 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Scientific Meeting

2 CE Hours available for


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Admission including CE: $30



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Presented by the Psychoanalytic Association of WCSPP

In every context of their lives, people lie and have secrets. Even in psychotherapy, that space of near-absolute confidentiality, clients lie and keep secrets. Often, though not always, these lies and secrets significantly interfere with therapeutic progress and good outcome. Often, therapists have little or no awareness of the extent to which clients have been far from truthful with them.

This presentation, based on recent studies by the speaker and his research team, provides an overview of the most common client lies told in therapy, clients’ stated reasons for them, the perceived consequences of them, and clients’ ideas about what therapists might do to facilitate more honest disclosure. Three of the most common lies (and the motives for them) will be emphasized: suicidal ideation; sexual thoughts and behavior; and client feelings about their therapist and the progress of therapy. The last part of the presentation focuses on ways by which therapists can prevent (or at least minimize) the extent of lies and secrets in therapy, as well as how they might deal with their inevitable expression.

Barry A. Farber received his PhD from Yale University in 1978. The next year, he became a member of the clinical psychology faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he’s been ever since. Dr. Farber served as Director of Clinical Training at Teachers College for 24 years and has also served three stints as Department Chair.

Dr. Farber has varied interests within the area of psychotherapy research, including the nature and consequences of therapists’ provision of positive regard, and the extent to which patients, therapists, supervisors, and supervisees honestly disclose to each other. His recent book, Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy, co-authored by two of his graduate students, grew out of a 2-year research project involving over 1,000 patients who were asked about the secrets kept and lies told in their therapy.

Dr. Farber is also the author of Self-disclosure in Psychotherapy, two books focusing on burnout in the helping professions, and a book on Carl Rogers (The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers: Cases and Commentary) as well as a book called Rock ‘n Roll Wisdom: What Psychologically Astute Lyrics Can Teach About Life and Love.


Teaching Method:

Power-Point presentation with ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Participants will be able to identify the most common lies that clients tell in psychotherapy.
2. Participants will be able to identify common and specific motives for these lies.
3. Participants will be able to identify specific practices that facilitate honest disclosure in psychotherapy.

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by NY State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers #SW-0063; Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040; Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

A completed survey must be submitted after the meeting for 2 CE hours.

Who should attend: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, graduate students.


December 11, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST