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Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers Presents:


Program Description

In this seminar, I intend to bring the audience into the internal world of a patient suffering from a severe Borderline Personality Disorder. I will demonstrate my utilization of a Pluralistic Psychoanalytic Approach with specific emphasis on the integration of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in order to effectively tailor treatment to this patient’s individual needs for an optimal outcome. I will also discuss the importance of combining a DBT Skill Training Group with individual therapy sessions for this population.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

10:00am – 12:00pm

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Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation


119 West 57th St., Suite 1002 (btwn 6th and 7th Aves)
New York City

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Program Details

After attending this seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Approach and list four modules taught within a skill training group to target skill deficits of those suffering with a BPD.
  2. Define ways to integrate DBT within a psychoanalytic approach to enrich and deepen treatment for optimal outcome when treating patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorders.
  3. Identify various ways to work with internal and external “splits” in order to facilitate the developmental progression of a patient’s ability to synthesize “good and bad” aspects of self, others and situations and to attain “a cohesive sense of self”.
  4. Describe the use of dialectics and provide an example of ways to interpret the transference through exquisite attunement and validation of the patient’s self-state followed by a confrontation of the patient’s repetitive behavioral patterns within the transference.
    a. List ways to use the countertransference for self-preservation when working with the patient’s
    destructive enactments while continuing to maintain a strong holding and
    containing environment.
    b. List the benefits of thoughtful self-disclosure and limit setting.

This seminar is appropriate for new professionals.

Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R, Director of the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW; a faculty member of Postgrad* The Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society (IPPS) where she has been a Board member and past President of The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Klett is a supervisor and faculty member at the Training Institute for Mental Health’s (TIMH) Couples’ Training Program and has taught in TIMH’s Individual Psychoanalytic Training Program. She serves as invited lecturer at Baruch College’s Post-Graduate Training Series Program for Mental Health Interns and Externs where she presents an annual seminar on Borderline Personality Disorders and (DBT) treatment (2013-Present). Dr. Klett is the former Co-Director of Washington Square Institute (WSI) where she served on faculty, as a Training and Supervising Analyst and Director of Continuing Education. She is the Founder, Past Director and Group Supervisor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training and Skills Group Program at WSI. Dr. Klett has also been a faculty member at Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s (PCMH) Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and she has served as a Field Instructor of MSW students from New York University and Hunter College Schools of Social Work.

Dr. Klett is a former contributing editor of Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is co-Author of Analysis of the Incest Trauma: Retrieval, Recovery, Renewal (Karnac: 2015) and has published articles and reviews on Trauma, Eating Disorders, Couple Treatment and the Psychoanalytic Process. She has received a Humanitarian Award for her work with the victims and families of the World Trade Center Disaster (9/11) and has presented both nationally and internationally on trauma. Dr. Klett maintains a private practice in Manhattan working with individuals, couples, groups and provides supervision to clinicians and consultations to educational organizations.


No Contact Hours will be awarded for participation in this course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

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Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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