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Transference, Countertransference & Resistance in Psychoanalysis (401)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Transference, Countertransference & Resistance in Psychoanalysis (401)
Instructor: Mike Macklin, MD

This 16 session course reviews some of the historical underpinnings of transference, countertransference and resistance and explores the technical skills arising from these concepts. These concepts are inexorably linked and are central to the work of analysis. Transference generally represents the displaced feelings, thoughts, or behaviors originating in childhood that are projected upon the analyst. Transference is both ubiquitous and largely unconscious, but the analytic setting provides opportunities to explore its early derivatives to allow the analysand to engage in relationships with more flexibility. The class will explore how to work with the transference as it arises, especially as it relates to resistance. The exploration of transference is often a strong source of resistance taking the form of defenses against the awareness of transference feelings, thoughts or behaviors. The transference can take many forms including positive, negative, hostile, and erotic and each of these may be altered by the gender pairing of the analyst and patient. Although the concepts related to transference have remained fairly stable, the class will also explore how it is conceptualized in different theoretical models and at various times throughout the treatment.

The countertransference represents similar phenomena, but are more specifically defined as those transference feelings that arise in the analyst towards the analysand during the course of treatment. The concept of countertransference has evolved over time, but it is increasingly seen as being an integral part of the analysis. Although the analyst may not reveal his/her countertransference feelings, they can be used to provide important clues to understanding the patient?s unconscious as the treatment evolves. Further, resistance in the analysis may not be only on the part of the patient, but may appear in reaction to the analyst?s style, personality or countertransference. The class will explore how the use of countertransference has evolved over time and how to understand and make use of one?s countertransference reactions.

Class will be limited to 10 students and is intended for intermediate to advanced level clinicians.

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Where:    Chapel Hill, Franklin Square
When:     January 23 - May 8, 2018   
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm

CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: tbd / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: This class is open to matriculated students in the Adult, Child/Adult and Child-Focused psychoanalytic tracks. Students will need to have completed all, or nearly all, of the classes in the Core Curriculum. Individuals who have graduated from the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy track or students matriculated in that track who have competed all or nearly all of the Core Curriculum and have at least one case in progress, may also take the course with permission of the instructors. 

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in the psychoanalysis training programs.

About the InstructorMichael Macklin, MD

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Course Syllabus: To Be Posted

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 16.  $25 Registration Fee is due at time of application.
Tuition: $650
$485 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$600 for graduate students and residents
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

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Course Learning Objectives:  

  1. Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of resistance.
  2. Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of transference.
  3. Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of countertransference.
  4. Compare the concept of resistance to that of defense mechanism.
  5. Compare the concept of resistance across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
  6. Compare the concept of transference across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
  7. Compare the concept of countertransference across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
  8. Analyze various forms of resistance in clinical material.
  9. Analyze various forms of transference in clinical material.
  10. Analyze various forms of resistance in clinical material.
  11. Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of resistance.
  12. Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of transference.
  13. Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of countertransference.
  14. Discuss how transference functions as a resistance.
  15. Discuss how countertransference functions as a resistance.
  16. Discuss the role of a therapeutic alliance in facilitating the development of analyzable transference.
  17. Discuss the relationship of projective identification to transference and countertransference.
  18. Discuss the concept of enactment as a resistance.
  19. Discuss the importance of transference analysis to psychoanalysis.
  20. Predict likely transference and countertransference with individual cases using developmental date.
  21. Describe acting out and displacements of transference in clinical material.
  22. Describe analytic process in terms of resistance, transference, and countertransference.
  23. Discuss the changing techniques of managing resistance and transference over the course of an analysis.
  24. Utilize these concepts and skills into clinical practice.

CE & CME Information

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 American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 24 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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