When & Where:

  • January 10, 2020
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • 5 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $115 before December 27, 2019, $130 after

Presented by: Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden, a leading national healthcare system specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Buchanan received her M.Ed. in Counseling from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. from Georgia State in Counseling Psychology including an internship at the Medical College of Georgia. She has just published a book with TPI Press titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side the content of which she has presented both locally and nationally and has a second book in progress titled I’m Not Good Enough: How the Stories You Tell Yourself Are Ruining Your Life. Dr. Buchanan serves as a peer reviewer of American Psychological Association (APA) Journals for Practice Innovations and was a reviewer for the APA guidelines for treating eating disorders. Dr. Buchanan has published two chapters on her model of treatment of eating disorders which have been used as texts doctoral programs for Clinical Psychology students. Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. She is on the board for EDIN and is a member of APA, GPA, AED, IAEDP, IAEDP-Atlanta Chapter and is an approved supervisor for the Certification of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two adopted sons.

Workshop Description:

When conducting individual psychotherapy, we are limited by the client's perspective in understanding the source of their difficulties. In family therapy and group therapy, the therapist has the advantage of seeing the individual interact with others, thus creating a broader and more complete perspective of the person. Tenets of systemic thinking will be presented that will enable the individual therapist to choose strategies which minimize the problems inherent to individual therapy while maximizing the potential for the client to increase personal responsibility for change.

People create narratives that they then project in their relationships often resulting in problems in interpersonal functioning such as splitting. Even though we know that our clients’ perspectives may be distorted, we are often primarily focused on listening to and validating our clients and we naturally tend to believe what we are told. Thus valuable therapy time can be wasted chasing the client down well-worn paths rather than empowering the client to shift their thinking or perspective to be more effective in life. This workshop will focus on strategies that enable the therapist to develop the art of being on the client’s side without taking a side. These strategies are designed specifically for increasing awareness of projection when it occurs, avoiding splitting between systems, and maintaining a neutral yet empathic stance regarding the clients’ dilemmas increasing the chance for lasting change.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental tenets of family systems approaches and how they can inform individual psychotherapy.
  • Utilize a systems philosophy to empower clients and aid in increasing personal responsibility within their system.
  • Utilize strategies to maintain neutrality in psychotherapy and avoid taking a side.
  • Increase awareness of when clients are projecting in psychotherapy and strategies for managing projections and splitting


  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:00 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Break for Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 Afternoon Session
  • 2:00 - 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 3:30 - 3:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

5 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • Ph.D.s: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • LPCs: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TKT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • SWs: This workshop is approved for 5 core hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • MFTs: This workshop is approved for 5 core hours through the Georgia Association for
    Marriage and Family Therapy.

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