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What is countertransference and how does it happen in therapy? Countertransference is viewed in our profession as the therapist’s reaction to the client’s feelings (i.e. transference) which are being projected – usually unconsciously – onto the therapist. It’s important to manage this inevitable process effectively to avoid ethical and legal dangers. The process of transference and countertransference can be used as a tool for better therapy outcomes and personal growth for you as an evolving clinician!

Although ethics codes and laws guide us, all therapists are vulnerable to finding themselves in the complicated space of ethical dilemmas. By using case examples and depth therapy perspectives, this workshop will help you in linking your attachment style and countertransference experiences. By learning your own blindspots and attachment vulnerabilities, you can inform and minimize risks, and keep yourself out of several types of ethical dilemmas. Attend this workshop and learn how to deepen your own self-reflective practice. New concepts, case discussion, and a depth model of learning will help you better attune and attend to your practice. Through your own learning, self-reflective practice, and consultation, this class will help you freely explore and deepen your transference and countertransference observations in the therapy room.


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9:00am – 9:30am: Diving into Ethics

9:30am – 10:00am: Countertransference Analysis

10:00am – 10:30am: The Neuroscience of Attachment

10:30am – 10:45am: Break

10:45am – 11:15am: Reflective Tools and Techniques

11:15am – 12:00pm: Ethics in Practice


This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Name four ethical boundaries most vulnerable to countertransference, and three ways to ethically handle them in your practice.

b). Identify and describe at least one somatic, affective, cognitive and attachment based piece of information about your therapy style. Use this information to define your own decision tree to explore and process your countertransference responses and dialogue.

c). Using short sample dialogues and parallel processes, explore and learn to contain and name your countertransference responses within your client-provider relationships.

d). Learn and practice in-depth consultative reflective tools and techniques that promote insight about your own countertransference as they arise.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Allison Broennimann, PhD

Material Author(s): Allison Broennimann, PhD

Dr. Allison Broennimann is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in depth therapy, neuropsychology, attachment, and post traumatic growth. In 2013 she received congressional recognition for her work with Veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She balances her online practice based out of California and is currently writing her first book on building a secure attachment from within.

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