Countertransference as an Essential Tool for Good Clinical Practice

Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW
5 CECs

Monday, February 24, 2020
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026 – Use 500 Main St entrance
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No matter where or with whom they practice, clinicians will inevitably develop countertransference reactions to their clients. These feelings are often dismissed as interference or as a reflection of the psychotherapist’s own unresolved psychological work. However, countertransference is not only inevitable, it is essential to helping clients solve their problems. Drawing on Control-mastery Theory, this seminar will explore how the therapist’s countertransference reveals a client’s dilemma and how to use this information to help a client reach his or her goals.

Control-mastery, an empirically supported cognitive interpersonal theory of psychotherapy, offers a framework for discerning a client’s conscious and unconscious goals in coming to therapy. One of the unique contributions of Control-mastery is its explanation of countertransference reactions as tests for the therapist, allowing for predictions about what clients may need to overcome obstacles to their goals.

After an overview of Control-mastery theory, how to use countertransference reactions will be illustrated through case discussion. Participants will be encouraged to practice applying this approach to their own case material.

This seminar will enable you to:

  • become familiar with the main concepts of Control-mastery Theory
  • define clients’ specific goals for therapy
  • recognize psychological obstacles clients need to overcome
  • practice identifying the meaning of specific countertransference reactions with different clients
  • utilize countertransference reactions to formulate interventions

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