The Complexities of Countertransference: Some Clinical,
Organizational, and Research Perspectives
The changes that have occurred in our understanding of the effects of countertransference arousals on our therapeutic work have been dramatic. Melanie Klein’s introduction of the concept of projective identification was a crucial step, as was the work of Racker and Spotnitz. Distinguishing between countertransference and countertransference resistance occupies much of what we study. The arousals that occur when we work with narcissism are particularly intense because they require us to confront and work through the narcissism in our own characters. In addition to its uses in clinical settings, countertransference is also present in many other contexts including organizational life and research efforts. During this workshop Dr. Soldz will discuss the manifestations and uses of countertransference in both these other contexts. Ms. Newsome will discuss case material from the literature and her practice that elucidate interventions that either impede or promote progressive communication. Participants will also have an opportunity to present their issues on the topic.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 pm*
Faye Newsome, Cert. Psya. is a senior faculty member at CMPS, NYSGP, BGSP, and Chair of the Board, CMPS. She has extensive experience as a supervisor working with countertransference issues that trouble psychoanalytic candidates.
Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., Cert. Psya. is on the faculty at BGSP and is the Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Program Development at BGSP and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Research Practice.
1.5 CE Credits
This workshop is designed to help you:
1. Distinguish between countertransference per se and countertransference resistence.
2. Explain the meaning of projective identification and subjective and objective countertransference.
3. Discuss interventions that either promote or impede progressive communication.
4. Discuss some of the relevant research on countertransference.
**Registration for this event is now closed**
*For those interested there will be an Informational Open House prior to the event at 1:00 pm.