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Friends on the Couch: Male and Female Friendships in Clinical Practice

Ocotber 6, 2018 | Silver Spring, MD

Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., and Geoffrey Greif, Ph.D.

Workshop presented by the DC and Maryland Areas of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW).

Registration Form
3.0 CE contact hours

Presenters: Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., and Geoffrey Greif, Ph.D.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 9:30AM-1:00PM (Registration: 9:15-9:30AM)
Fees: AAPCSW Members $40; Non-Members $60; Students $10
Location: Easter Seals of DC, MD and VA
1400 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD [ MAP ]

Contact: Joel Kanter joel.kanter@gmail.com

When he finally finds a chum— you will discover something very different in the relationship… [the] child begins to develop a real sensitivity to what matters to another person. - Harry Stack Sullivan


As psychotherapists have begun to focus on the relational matrix of the therapeutic relationship as well as on parental attachment and family dynamics, the importance of friendships in both development and current functioning is often overlooked. In this workshop, two distinguished scholar-clinicians will discuss the multi-faceted role of friendships in clinical practice.


  1. 9:15am - 9:30am — Registration
  2. 9:30am — Welcome
  3. 9:40am - 10:25am — Diane Barth: I Know How You Feel: Women's Friendships and Clinical Practice
  4. 10:30am - 11:15am — Geoffrey Greif: The Buddy System: Issues of Male Friendships in Treatment
  5. 11:15am - 11:30am — Coffee Break
  6. 11:30am - 1:00pm — Discussion with Presenters and Participants

About the Presenters

F. Diane Barth, LCSW is in private practice in New York City, where she works with individuals and couples and runs private study and supervision groups and workshops. Recent articles and books include “Not Good at Friends: Bringing a woman's friendships into the frame in psychodynamic psychotherapy” (The Clinical Social Work Journal) and an forthcoming article on women and competition in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Integrative Clinical Social Work Practice (Springer, 2014), I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women's Lives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).

Geoffrey Greif, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is the author of more than 125 journal articles and book chapters and 14 books including: Buddy System: Understanding male friendships; Two Plus Two: Couples and their couple friendships (with Katherine Holtz Deal); Adult Sibling Relationships (with Michael Wooley). Dr. Greif is an acclaimed clinician-educator who received the Educator of the Year award from the Maryland Chapter of NASW in 2007, the University of Maryland Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, and the UMB Founders Week Award for Teaching in 2018.

Learning Objectives

After attending this clinically oriented presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define central conflicts for women in friendships involving competition.
  • Identify models of psychodynamic thinking and interventions that can help these clients manage the apparent paradox of competition in friendship.
  • Describe how male and female clients are socialized.
  • Discuss various theories to work with men.

3.0 CE contact hours approved by MD, VA and DC Boards of Social Work.
For more information about this workshop, contact Joel Kanter, joel.kanter@gmail.com

Registration Fees

AAPCSW Members $40
Non-Members $60
Students $10

Download: Registration Form