To Err is Human: Therapists Mistakes and Therapeutic Opportunities with Dr. Janina Fisher


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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To Err is Human: Therapists Mistakes and Therapeutic Opportunities

Presented by: Dr. Janina Fisher (hosted by Solutions On Site)

Date: Monday November 13th, 2017

Location: The Highland County Club, LONDON, ON

Like parenting, psychotherapy can be only “good enough.”  Therapeutic mistakes are inevitable, yet our work lives don’t allow us many opportunities to acknowledge and grow from them.  Our mistakes occur in the privacy of an office with no one there but the client with whom we could process them.   The thought of sharing them with colleagues often increases shame, not curiosity.   We may pause to critique ourselves but rarely have the chance to ask: How did that happen?

This workshop examines the underlying issues that most often contribute to therapist error and explores how what drives us to do this work can also lead to “mistakes of the heart.”   Whether the mistakes we make are more clinically mis-attuned, ethically incorrect, or the result of our own internal conflicts, there is much to learn both about our own vulnerability and what it can teach us about preventing future mistakes and repairing past errors.

Integrating psychodynamic and somatic conceptualizations of countertransference with an understanding of internal conflicts occurring simultaneously in client and therapist, this workshop will look at complex therapeutic relationships through a different lens.  Sometimes therapeutic mistakes end the treatment or cause havoc from which neither client nor therapist can recover fully.   Sometimes, though, our honesty and vulnerability can provide an opportunity for growth—for therapist, client, and their relationship.

Speaker Information

Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference on Women and Summer and Winter Conference Series, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Oslo, University of Wisconsin, the University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

$200 plus hst- includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Free Parking. For details, visit or call 226-268-2307. Attend 3 Trauma Workshops this fall for only $500 + hst (visit for details!)