Sexual Boundary Violations

Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:30am to 9:00am Registration
 9:00am to 1:00pm Presentation

This seminar will take up the question of boundary violations from two different perspectives:

1) The question of whether, after termination, therapeutic relationships can "safely/appropriately" develop into non-sexual friendships.
2) Our communal response to learning about sexual boundary violations within the professional community.

Participants will spend about half the time on each issue; Dr. Slochower will present one paper and distribute a second for the group to read ahead of time.

Please read the second paper "Don't Tell Anyone" prior to the seminar by clicking the button below:  

Don't Tell Anyone by Joyce Slochower

4 Ethics CEUs offered with this course.


OU College of Public Health
801 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Map to the OU College of Public Health Auditorium

Registration by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, please print off the following brochure and mail it with your check to: OSPS, PO Box 12683, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. If you have questions about registration, please email Trish Myers at

Joyce Slochower Brochure

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will learn to:

Part 1

1. Describe the potential risks associated with becoming friends with a former patient.

2. Describe the theoretical underpinning for making the choice to become friends with a former patient.

3. Describe the theoretical assumptions underlying a belief that becoming friends with a former patient is always wrong.

Part 2

1. Describe the common dynamics underlying therapists' sexual boundary violations .

2. Describe the community's complex response to learning about these violations.

3. Describe the ways in which we might choose to repair these events when they do occur.


Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY. Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Ricerca Psicoanalitica and Perspectives in Psychoanalysisand is on the Board of the IARPP. 

Joyce has published over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique. She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples, runs supervision, writing, and study groups.