Why you'll love this course

If you were taught that countertransference is a problem to be avoided, this course offers a refreshing perspective. Your reactions to client behavior can be useful data when you know how to evaluate and apply it. Nikki Rubin, PsyD, shows again why she's one of our most popular presenters.

Course description

Some clients do strange, funny, or offensive things. It’s normal for therapists to be confused, amused, or offended by them. Rather than labeling all therapist reactions as “countertransference” and trying to hide them away, recognizing those reactions as useful data can drive therapy forward. In this workshop, Nikki Rubin, PsyD discuss how even negative reactions to clients can be used therapeutically to encourage more adaptive behavior and help clients understand the reactions they elicit elsewhere in their lives. We specifically review what to do with therapist experiences of discomfort and feeling unsafe. These feelings can mean many things, but they should not be ignored.

1 Hour CE. Recorded video format (non-interactive).

This course was recorded from a live presentation at the 2019 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. For information on past and future Therapy Reimagined events, visit therapyreimagined.com.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 bodily cues indicating countertransference reactions

  • Link countertransference reactions to case formulation and treatment

  • Differentiate times when sharing countertransference feedback with the client is appropriate from times when it is not

Course outline

1. What is countertransference
    Behaviorist uses of the concept
2. Connecting with countertransference
    Gathering information
    Possible sources of in-session reactions
3. Self-assessment
    What shows up for you in sessions?
Identifying the source of CT
    Case formulation and treatment planning
4. Case examples
5. Using reactions to your advantage
    When to share

References - Using CT to Your Therapeutic Advantage.pdf


Nikki Rubin, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist

Nikki Rubin, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY30047; NY 019595) in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in evidence-based therapies. She currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor within UCLA's clinical PhD program. She previously served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she helped lead a shift towards training and supervision in CBT.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 60 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes a post-graduate level of clinical experience.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: March 30, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course providers. This course is provided by Therapy Reimagined, with SimplePractice maintaining full control of content development and continuing education compliance. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.