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Special Topics in Couples Therapy: Managing Countertransference

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Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Alexander Antonucci, LPC, CGT, ACS for a live interactive webinar on: Special Topics in Couples Therapy: Managing Countertransference

Date: October 29th, 2024
Time: 11:50am - 1:00pm EST
Location: online via zoom webinar
*Participants will not have access to their camera/microphone
Cost: $25
Level: Intermediate
Credit Hours: 1 ethics CE

This training can be purchased individually or as part of a 10 series bundle. Click here to check out the bundle option!

In Countertransference Awareness and Treatment Outcomes, countertransference is defined as the therapists' conscious and unconscious reactions during treatment and reactions that arise in response to the patient’s transference. Abargil & Tishby’s (2022) found that managing countertransference does not reduce its occurrence but does lead to better therapy outcomes. The degree to which the countertransference is managed depends on factors such as the therapist’s degree of emotional awareness, willingness to investigate these feelings, and ability to attend to their own personal conflicts.

Gabbard (2020) writes that countertransference can be a useful source of information about the patient, however the therapist's own subjectivity impacts the way the patient's behavior is experienced. Counter transference should be expected in the therapeutic relationship and the therapist is advised to take an active role in understanding how their personal experiences impact their interpretation and understanding of the patient’s experience. This course explores how a clinician can practice self-awareness to manage countertransference while effectively utilizing transference and countertransference as tools for therapeutic progress.

11:50-12:00 Introduction
12:00-12:20 Exploration of the literature about countertransference
12:20-12:45 Practical methods for managing countertransference
12:45-1:00 Question and Answer

Learning Objectives:
Participants will describe key components of countertransference.
Participants will discover specific method for managing countertransference in couples therapy.

Instructor Bio:
  Alexander is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Certified by the Gottman Institute, he specializes in working with couples providing, both, regular appointments and Marathon Intensive Couples Therapy. He also works with individuals and families. Conferred an MA degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, Alexander has trained with some of the world’s leading mindfulness and meditation teachers. As the Program Manager for Cognitive Behavior Institute's Center for Clinical Supervision, Alexander oversees a team of site supervisors and develops programs that provide training, supervision, and consultation to other psychotherapists.

Course bibliography:

Abargil, M., & Tishby, O. (2022). Countertransference awareness and treatment outcome. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 69(5), 667–677.

Colli, A. & Ferri, M. (2015). Patient personality and therapist countertransference. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28 (1), 46-56. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000119.

Gabbard G. O. (2020). The role of countertransference in contemporary psychiatric treatment. World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 19(2), 243–244.

Jenks D. B. & Oka M. (2021) Breaking Hearts: Ethically Handling Transference and Countertransference in Therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 49:5, 443- 460, DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1830732

COUNTERTRANSFERENCE ISSUES. British Journal of Psychotherapy 37, 2 223–
233. https://onlinelibrary-wiley


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