Webinar:  Transference and Countertransference in Direct Service Work

Webinar: Transference and Countertransference in Direct Service Work


Event Details

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This training is available as a webinar 

February 1, 2021

Facilitator: Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW.

This training is suitable for: Mental Health Professionals: psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers. Medical Professionals: nurses, psychiatrists, family doctors. Direct Service Workers: drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers.

Description: Trauma that is unhealed, unresolved and unintegrated into a healthy balance within the self has the potential to be repeated, reenacted, acted out, projected or externalized in relationships. Working with human suffering on a daily basis and being sensitive to the despair, frustration and fear embodied in clients is an integral aspect of clinical work. In order to be effective clinicians, need to be aware of their personal as well as client's own unconscious self-protective reactions (transference/projection). A clinician who is unaware or unresponsive to countertransference experiences can be thrown into a cycle of reactivity, both within the specific client dynamic and within one’s own psyche.

This webinar will explore the core features of metapsychological phenomena: Transference, Projection, Projective Identification and Countertransference. Real case examples from direct service settings will be used to illustrate the complex dialectic of balancing empathic attunement with experiences of empathic strain. 

Although not a primary focus of this training, a review of the connection of how clients experience of managing the COVID - 19 pandemic may be linked to state dependent recall (emotional flashbacks) and how this dynamic can create and intensify transference and countertransference dynamics.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand key self-protective strategies clients use (transference, projection).
  • Understand key self-protective strategies workers use (countertransference).
  • Apply skills in ‘catching’, repairing and integrating metapsychological phenomenon.

Registration fees: Please see the Fees Tab on the top left of this page for full registration fees, group rates along with the cancellation and refund policies. Registration closes January 28, 2021

  • When

  • Monday, February 1, 2021
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where


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