Session Five - Transference, countertransference and enactments
Session Five – Content Level: Beginning and intermediate
Transference, countertransference and enactments
The interpersonal field is intense and filled with re-enactments of childhood abuse in the treatment of complex trauma. The clinician must be aware of the potential dynamics that may emerge during the treatment in order to manage the treatment course effectively. We will define and explore transference, countertransference, and enactments that are areas of growth potential but can also be pitfalls in this work. Time will be given to discuss case material as it relates to the readings.
1. Define transference, countertransference and enactments
2. Discuss various issues in transference and countertransference that are complicated by trauma
3. Discuss the use of enactments to further the therapy
4. Apply the above to cases in treatment
A. Courtois, CA, and Ford, JD (2013) Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. NY, NY: The Guilford Press.. pp. 298 – 327 (Chapter 10)
45 minutes: Discussion of Reading A – transference and countertransference – complications due to trauma
45 minutes: Discussion of Reading A – enactments and their use in therapy
75 minutes: Discussion of case materials applying the above reading and discussion to disguised cases
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