Recorded from a live presentation on October 18, 2019
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)
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
1. What is countertransference
a. Behaviorist uses of the concept
2. Connecting with countertransference
b. Gathering information
c. Possible sources of in-session reactions
a. What shows up for you in sessions?
b. Identifying the source of CT
c. Case formulation and treatment planning
4. Case examples
5. Using reactions to your advantage
When to share
- Slides: Using Countertransference to Your Therapeutic Advantage
- Handout: Translating Countertransference into Clinical Data
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 60 minutes.
Intermediate. This course assumes a post-graduate level of clinical experience.
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. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
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 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.
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