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Transference, Countertransference, & Resistance in Psychoanalysis (401) 2021S
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Transference, Countertransference & Resistance in Psychoanalysis (401)
Instructors: Mike Macklin, MD and Julia Danek, 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 refers to 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 and 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 influenced by the gender pairing of the analyst and patient. The class will also explore how transference is conceptualized in different theoretical models and at various times throughout the treatment.

The countertransference represents similar phenomena but is 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 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.

The course is intended for intermediate to advanced level clinicians.

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Where:    VIA ZOOM
When:     January 19 - May 10, 2021   
Time:       7:10pm - 8:40pm

CME Credits: 24 / CE Credits: 24/ 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 completed 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 InstructorsMichael Macklin, MD and Julia Danek, MD

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is January 12.  $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 one of the earliest descriptions of transference in Freud’s case of hysteria.
  2. Explain the evolution of the early thinking about transference and compare it to its more recent understanding as being a part of a more pluralistic clinical theory.
  3. Discuss the relationship between transference and the therapeutic alliance.
  4. Discuss how transference can be used as a form of resistance, both in the client and the therapist.
  5. Discuss what is meant by “analysis of resistance” and its role in treatment.
  6. Describe some of the forms that resistance might take.
  7. Compare the concept of resistance to that of defense mechanism.
  8. Discuss the early descriptions of countertransference and how its appearance in the analyst was described.
  9. Discuss different approaches an analyst might take in choosing to disclose, or not disclose, experiences of countertransference.
  10. Discuss how issues like race, gender may impact both transference and countertransference.
  11. Discuss how transference and countertransference can function as a resistance.
  12. Discuss the role of displacement and projective identification as aspects of transference and/or countertransference.
  13. Discuss the concept of acting out, or enactment, and whether these are only simply forms of resistance .
  14. Describe acting out and displacements of transference using examples from clinical material.
  15. Describe the likely transference and countertransference with individual cases using developmental data. 
  16. Demonstrate some of the technical skills used in the clinical presentation of resistance, transference, and countertransference. 

CME and CE 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 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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