Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
July 12, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the core features of metapsychological phenomena: Transference, Projection, Projective Identification and Countertransference. Application skills in ‘catching’, repairing, and integrating metapsychological phenomenon will also be discussed. Real case examples will illustrate the complex dialectic of balancing empathic attunement with experiences of empathic strain.
This training is suitable for:
Mental Health Professionals: psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers.
Medical Professionals: nurses, psychiatrists, family doctors.
Direct Service Workers: drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers.
Level of training: Introductory
Client age category: For professionals who work with clients over the age of 18.
COVID-19 related content: Although not a primary focus of this training, a review of the connection of how clients experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to state dependent recall (emotional flashbacks) and how this dynamic can create and intensify transference and countertransference dynamics.
Description: Trauma that is unhealed, unresolved and unintegrated into a healthy balance within the self has the potential to be repeated, reenacted, acted out, projected or externalized in relationships.
Working with human suffering on a daily basis and being sensitive to the despair, frustration and fear embodied in our clients is an integral aspect of our work. In order to be effective we need to be aware of our clients and our own unconscious self-protective reactions (transference/projection). A worker who is unaware or unresponsive to countertransference experiences can be thrown into a cycle of reactivity, both within the specific client dynamic and within one’s own psyche.
In this webinar we will understand the core features of metapsychological phenomena: transference, projection, projective identification and countertransference. We will use real case examples from direct service settings to illustrate the complex dialectic of balancing empathic attunement with experiences of empathic strain.
• Understand key self-protective strategies clients use (transference, projection)
• Understand key self-protective strategies workers use (countertransference)
• Apply skills in “catching,” repairing and integrating metapsychological phenomena
About the Facilitator:
Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW, is the Director of Community Resources and Initiatives, a trauma-informed consulting firm. Her professional focus is in the areas of acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals and on mental health services. Natalie provides clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations. Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based.
Natalie is an experienced training facilitator and has provided hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally. She is known for her direct style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations.