Burnout, rescue fantasies, sudden rage and boundary confusion are all part of countertransference--the great occupational hazard of this profession. The conventional wisdom is that the best way to address countertransference is to work on your own family of origin issues with a colleague or a supervisor.
What's Covered in A309 A Clinic on Countertransference:
- How you can identify and deal with the distortions and emotionality that lead to losing perspective on what a client needs.
- How your emotions can become activated by a client's emotional issues and how to restore your therapeutic perspective.
- A language for discussing countertransference issues that can enable you to address them right in the therapy session.
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A309 A Clinic on Countertransference
- An introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model and its view of the therapeutic relationship
- The nature of the Self, of parts, and a map of how internal systems are organized
- The importance of your relationship with clients in IFS and how that relationship is different from other therapies
- Qualities of Therapists that Foster Healing and Parts of Therapists that Interfere
- Exploring qualities like patience, persistence, perspective and presence
- The 8 C's of Self leadership
- The effect that your protective parts have on your clients
- Common therapist parts that interfere
- Getting to Know Your Parts that are Triggered by Certain Clients
- Finding and getting to know the parts of you that come up with certain clients
- How to make a repair with clients and use the disconnect to foster healing
- Creating boundaries from your Self rather than your parts
- How to Help Your Parts Trust Your Self to be with Clients
- Exercises for getting your parts to step back during sessions and trust your Self
- Developing a Good Self and Parts Detector to Take with You
- How to notice when you're embodying Self energy
- How to notice when parts come up Self-to-Self connection at all levels
Meet Presenter Richard Schwartz, PhD
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Self Leadership in Chicago and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He's the author of five books, including Internal Family Systems Therapy.