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Spring 2021

PT17 - Transference and Countertransference


Dr. Lynn Irwin, Instructor

Class Starts: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am Mountain Time.

Course Overview: Transference and Countertransference focuses on one of the two key concepts that defines psychoanalysis as different and separate from all other forms of talk-based therapy.  Freud’s discovery of Transference, and the subsequent development of that concept and its compliment, countertransference, is central to the psychoanalytic understanding of mental processes. Managing and exploring transference is central to all schools of clinical technique. 

The course will begin with readings of the evolution of the concept in classical analysis, and then will graduate to the more hands-on subject of how to observe and manage it in the setting of psychoanalytic therapy. Since CCMPS is a Modern Psychoanalytic Institute, this course will devote a good deal of its focus to the contributions from the Modern school of technique. Specifically, the narcissistic transference, countertransference resistance, and the utility of induced feeling states will be presented as tools for the Modern analyst.  

PT111 - Group Supervision in Psychoanalysis


Dr. Wallace Fletcher, Instructor

Class Starts: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm Mountain Time.

Course Overview: This class will introduce students to the principles of modern psychoanalysis, both in theory and practice. We will examine different transferences, counter-transferences, and how patients induce feeling in us. We will look at what interventions are useful in resolving resistances, especially in the case of highly traumatized and therefore 'difficult' people. Part of the focus will be on the role of the destructive drives in psychopathology. We will also learn how to deal with the stress of working with such patients and how to keep ourselves from burning out or developing reactions that could negatively impact our own lives.