The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference | 13th May 2023
This talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference – countertransference dynamics.
Erotic transference, Trauma, terminally Ill, Psychological Trauma, Joy Schaverien, countertransference dynamics
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The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference | 13th May 2023

Saturday 13th May

Online half-day Workshop 10.00 – 13.00

with Joy Schaverien

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference – countertransference dynamics.

The first part of the talk will be a case presentation and lecture. This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy.  When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain.  Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens.  Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

All counsellors and psychotherapists, both qualified and in training, will find this a valuable day where they will have the space and the expert guidance to:

  • think more about working with the dying in psychotherapy
  • think about the challenges and implications of working with erotic transference and dreams
  • explore the countertransference issues faced in both these situations.

 

Course fees

Qualified Practitioners: £85
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £75
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £60
All participants attending the event will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.