Fall 2016 WBCPS EXTENSION PROGRAM – “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard!”
Save the Dates: September 9, September 23, October 7, October 14, November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16, 2016
“It Shouldn’t Be This Hard!” Using psychoanalytic thought in challenging encounters with psychotherapy patients
Location: Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC
As mental health clinicians, we at times face such difficult clinical encounters as to feel doubtful, or even defeatist, about our capacities and efforts. We may despair of what is occurring between ourself and our patient, including discoveries of interacting with a patient in uncharacteristic and unhelpful ways. We can feel hopeless about possibilities of extracting ourselves from an impasse, or cynical about reaching someone who feels unreachable. In these contexts, we struggle to understand why and how to transform the interaction to a more constructive one. This user-friendly, ‘experience-near’ set of seminars will provide participants with a window into the consulting room of several experienced analysts. Making use of a ‘case-based approach’, our seminar leaders will review their own experience with some challenging patient encounters. The overarching aim is to demonstrate how psychoanalytic technique and theory can provide a means, not only to survive, but to even thrive in the face of similar complex clinical situations to which the participants can frequently arrive at with their patients”.
Utilize an increased knowledge of the psychoanalytic literature and various psychoanalytic perspectives in dealing with difficult clinical encounters.
See clinical difficulties not only as threats to the therapeutic work and relationship, but also as potential opportunities and space for growth.
Use an enhanced understanding of the patient’s personality, early experience, (including traumatic experience), and concurrent stresses in their approach to the patient who is experienced as difficult.
Better recognize and develop an approach to clinical challenges when immersed in countertransference experiences that overwhelm our capacities within the therapeutic dyad, including our ability to think.
Identify when they require consultation with colleagues when in a difficult clinical situation, and to identify and work towards respecting and accepting limitations in their therapeutic objectives.
Target Audience: Frontline psychotherapists and trainees (from private practice, community and hospital-based mental health clinics, and senior level mental health training programs).
Planning Committee: Paul Steinberg, MD FRCPC, Darren Thompson, MD FRCPC, Jo Hoffman, MD FRCPC
Fees: $380.00 for professionals or $260.00 for candidates
Extension Program 2016 : It Shouldn’t Be This Hard!
Using psychoanalytic thought in challenging encounters with psychotherapy patients