Working with Transference from a Relational Psychodynamic Perspective



January 14 and 21, 2022, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Patricia Gianotti, Psy.D.
Live interactive webinar

Level: Intermediate
CEs: 6 CEs are available for a $15 fee
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All unfinished business from the past is replicated in present-day relationships; all insecure childhood attachments inhibit the capacity for openness, curiosity and full-functioning.  Using these two statements as anchoring points, this six-hour course will focus on increasing your comfort level and proficiency in working with transferential enactments as a means of repairing early attachment injuries. 

Unconscious, unarticulated or disavowed material invariably becomes enacted in relationship to others, regardless of whether one believes in transference or has proficiency in using transference as a leverage for change. This course is designed to help clinicians recognize when transferential and counter-transferential enactments are beginning to surface within the therapeutic relationship as well as providing specific examples and techniques to bring the therapeutic relationship back into a state of co-regulation and/or repair. 

Participants will become more proficient at recognizing transferential communication by listening for comments that convey :

  • indirect expectations for rescue by the therapist
  • fears of negative judgment or retaliation on the part of the therapist
  • hidden feelings of disappointment on the part of the client

If these communications go unrecognized or unprocessed, this may result in a negative transferential enactment or a premature ending of the therapy. 

The structure of this course combines lecture with group discussion.  Multiple case examples will be provided to illustrate how to use language to palpate transferential material as well as providing various ways the therapist can respond to difficult transferential sticking points. Participants will be shown how even minor disappointments can trigger feelings of shame, micro-dissociative ruptures, and possible negative transferential responses.  We will discuss and practice how to recognize and repair minor ruptures that occur throughout the treatment process, thus preserving and strengthening the therapeutic relationship.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussion, polling, verbal and chat Q and A and case discussions, Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by November 15, 2021: $130
Regular registration by January 13, 2022: $145

CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of using transferential engagement as a means of healing early attachment injuries. 
  2. Demonstrate how the use of entry-points in language can reveal hidden transferential communication on the part of the client.
  3. Explain how ruptures of attunement on the part of the therapist can trigger memories of early attachment failures and negative transferential reactions. 
  4. Demonstrate reflective techniques that bring into conscious awareness transferential dynamics that are occurring between the client and therapist.
  5. ​List a range of verbal techniques that will enable the therapist to reestablish a state of co-regulation, repair and connection. 


Day One

  • 1 - 1:15 p.m. ET:  Introduction & objectives
  • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. ET: Importance of using transference as leverage for change
  • 1:45 - 2:00 p.m. ET: Transference as a reenactment of early attachment injuries
  • 2:00 - 2:25 p.m. ET: Repeated patterns/themes as transferential enactment
  • 2:25 - 2:45 p.m. ET: Inviting/anticipating transferential dialogue through entry point cues in language
  • 2:45 - 2:55 p.m. ET: Break
  • 2:55 - 3:10 p.m. ET: Case example: Working with entry point cues
  • 3:10 - 3:40 p.m. ET: Small group role play: Transferential entry point communication – What to say next
  • 3:40 - 4:10 p.m. ET: Mirroring, reflection and co-regulation: Working with humor & metaphor
  • 4:10 - 4:15 p.m. ET: Questions, wrap up

Day Two 

  • 1 - 1:20 p.m. ET: Understanding enactments as two sides of a split
  • 1:20 -2:20 p.m. ET:  Speaking to the split: Examples of the doer and done to position  
  • 2:20 - 2:50 p.m. ET:  Attunement, misattunement, repair
  • 2:50 - 3:00 p.m. ET: Break
  • 3 - 3:10 p.m.  ET: Case example: Misattunement and repair of negative Transferential reaction
  • 3:10 - 3:25 p.m. ET: Break-out group discussion/exercise
  • 3:25 - 3:40 p.m. ET: Debrief learning points
  • 3:40 - 4:05 p.m. ET: Countertransferential blind spots: The seduction of over-idealization
  • 4:05 - 4:15 p.m. ET:  Wrap-up

About the Instructor:

Patricia Gianotti, Psy.D., is the academic director of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Loyola University Chicago and managing partner of Woodland Psychological Services, a private group practice in North Hampton, NH.  Her areas of specialization center on attachment difficulties associated with trauma, shame and narcissistic injury. Gianotti is the co-author of two books: Listening with Purpose: Entry Point into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability and Uncovering the Resilient Core:  A Workbook on the Treatment of Narcissistic Defenses, Shame, and Emerging Authenticity.  Her third book entitled Embracing Therapeutic Complexity:  A Guidebook to Integrating the Essential of Psychodynamic Principles Across Therapeutic Disciplines will be published by Routledge in early 2022.

Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in Zoom Meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2021-11/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.
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  • Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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