Transference, Countertransference and Resistance in Psychoanalysis
Instructors: Burt Hutto, MD and Susan Eder, MD
This 16 session course reviews some of the historical underpinnings of transference, countertransference and resistance and explores the technical skills arising from these concepts. These concepts are inexorably linked and are central to the work of analysis. Transference generally represents the displaced feelings, thoughts, or behaviors originating in childhood that are projected upon the analyst. Transference is both ubiquitous and largely unconscious, but the analytic setting provides opportunities to explore its early derivatives to allow the analysand to engage in relationships with more flexibility. The class will explore how to work with the transference as it arises, especially as it relates to resistance. The exploration of transference is often a strong source of resistance taking the form of defenses against the awareness of transference feelings, thoughts or behaviors. The transference can take many forms including positive, negative, hostile, and erotic and each of these may be altered by the gender pairing of the analyst and patient. Although the concepts related to transference have remained fairly stable, the class will also explore how it is conceptualized in different theoretical models and at various times throughout the treatment.
The countertransference represents similar phenomena, but are more specifically defined as those transference feelings that arise in the analyst towards the analysand during the course of treatment. The concept of countertransference has evolved over time, but it is increasingly seen as being an integral part of the analysis. Although the analyst may not reveal his/her countertransference feelings, they can be used to provide important clues to understanding the patientís unconscious as the treatment evolves. Further, resistance in the analysis may not be only on the part of the patient, but may appear in reaction to the analystís style, personality or countertransference. The class will explore how the use of countertransference has evolved over time and how to understand and make use of oneís countertransference reactions.
Prerequisite: This class is open to matriculated students in the Adult, Child/Adult and Child-Focused psychoanalytic tracks. Students will need to have completed all, or nearly all, of the classes in the Core Curriculum. Individuals who have graduated from the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy track or students matriculated in that track who have competed all or nearly all of the Core Curriculum and have at least one case in progress, may also take the course with permission of the instructors.
Tuesdays, 7:10 pm - 8:40 pm
January 20 - May 5
Class will be limited to 10 students.
Center for Psychological & Family Services, Chapel Hill
18 Category A
24 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit
: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in the psychoanalysis training programs.
Registration Fee: $25
Registration deadline is January 13. Registration fee is due by January 13.
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
Students should include the registration fee with the course application.
We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC
In special circumstances we may accept registrations after January 13, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee..
Due January 13
$485 for students matriculated in the training programs
$600 for residents and graduate students
The registration fee is nonrefundable.
Students who cancel before class begins will be given a tuition refund less a $40 administrative fee.
There will be no refunds for cancellations after class begins.
Students who drop the class after it begins are expected to pay the full tuition.
About the Instructors:
Burt Hutto, MD
is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is a Professor of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. He is Director of the Psychotherapy Clinic for psychiatry residents and Medical Director of the crisis unit of inpatient psychiatry at UNC Hospitals. He is a graduate of the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, now known as the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas, and he is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas.
Susan Eder, MD
is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Raleigh, NC. For fifteen years she was the associate director at the Lucy Daniels Center, and she continues to supervise many of the clinical staff in the family guidance center there. Dr. Eder completed her psychiatric residency and child fellowship at the Paine Whitney Clinic of the New York Hospital / Cornell University College of Medicine, in New York City. During her psychoanalytic training at the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Education Program, she was classmates with Dr. Hutto.
Class participants will be able to:
Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of resistance.
Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of transference.
Discuss the historical evolution of the concept of countertransference.
Contrast the concept of resistance to that of defense mechanism.
Compare the concept of resistance across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
Compare the concept of transference across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
Compare the concept of countertransference across various psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives.
Recognize various forms of resistance in clinical material.
Recognize various forms of transference in clinical material.
Recognize various forms of resistance in clinical material.
Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of resistance.
Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of transference.
Apply relevant technical skills in the clinical situation of countertransference.
Discuss how transference functions as a resistance.
Discuss how countertransference functions as a resistance.
Discuss the role of a therapeutic alliance in facilitating the development of analyzable transference.
Discuss the relationship of projective identification to transference and countertransference.
Discuss the concept of enactment as a resistance.
Recognize the importance of transference analysis to psychoanalysis.
Use developmental data to predict likely transference and countertransference with individual cases.
Recognize acting out and displacements of transference in clinical material.
Describe analytic process in terms of resistance, transference, and countertransference.
Discuss the changing techniques of managing resistance and transference over the course of an analysis.
Integrate these concepts and skills into clinical practice.
For additional information or if you have special needs please contact:
Lisa Long, Administrator
Phone: (919) 490-3212
Email: [email protected]
CE & CME Information:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
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