Center Seminar Series

Mirror Neurons: The Neuroscience of

the Therapeutic Alliance


Mirror neurons are shedding light on possible mechanisms of the therapeutic alliance, and why therapeutic relationships can be healing and reparative. This seminar focuses on emotional mirror neurons as a basis of the therapeutic alliance, transference, and countertransference.


Learning Objectives

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1.  Define mirror neurons, and provide a brief description of their functions.

2.  State how mirror neurons may contribute to the phenomena of transference and countertransference.




Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA


Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health.  She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media.  Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD.


Monday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, in the Large Meeting Room


This Center Seminar is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash or check. 

For information, contact GKCTPC at 816-512-7438 or 


About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at




Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.