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Play, Livingness and Imagining Life in Others: A Sixth Sense

2023: Mentalization, Empathy, Trust, and Theory of Mind


Weary of growing trends in behavioral health that focus on the use of specific therapeutic tools to fix specific areas of psychopathologies, and how such an approach often moves us farther away from the proven common factor in all good therapy, Ellenhorn's New Perspectives on Treatment series focuses on enhancing the psychological postures and mindsets of clinicians to match what we know creates the most fertile ground for growth.  


Collaboration, hope, uncertainty, play and curiosity are the very human attributes we’ve discussed in this series over the past five years, and in each we have seen not only the roots of good therapeutic skills, but the very things in life that we want more than anything for our clients. 


At Ellenhorn, we believe in a very simple premise that is often neglected in the mental-health profession: that the brain is a social organ that has been built for species that collaborate in order to invent. To be social, means to be able to imagine the inner world of others; to hold another’s mind in our own; and to curiously, playfully, and with great hope in the face of uncertainty, consider another. The New Perspectives on Treatment series for 2023 will grapple with this multifaceted task while playing with, and curiously considering, such topics as mentalization, empathy, trust, and Theory of Mind.  

Each course provides one (1) continuing-education credit. Participants must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation in order to receive credit. A certificate certifying continuing-education credit will be emailed three weeks after completion of the course.

Ellenhorn, LLC, #1792, is approved to offer social work continuing-education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing-Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final say in determining whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing- education credit. Ellenhorn, LLC maintains responsibility

for this course. ACE provider approval period: 12/09/2022-12/9/2025.

Social workers completing this course receive 1 (one) continuing-education credit.

Ellenhorn, LLC (#SW-0700) 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

Ellenhorn, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7299. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Ellenhorn, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Ross Ellenhorn, LICSW, Ph.D.

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST


Trauma and Team Dynamics: We’re All in This Together

Heidi Wolf, LICSW

Shelly Simpson, LICSW

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST


Do You Really See Me? How Trauma and Marginalization Influence Social Cognitions and High-Risk Addictive Behavior in the LGBTQ+ Community

Katherine Clemens, LICSW

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST


Trust, Care and Hope in Psychotherapy: A Social Context

Ross Ellenhorn, LICSW, Ph.D.

Jon Allen, Ph.D.

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST

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