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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Forthcoming Events:

Saturday 10th September 2022 - 15:00 – 17:30 BST
Karen Maroda: Conflict avoidance, enactment & negative countertransference


Why are therapists, including psychoanalysts, so conflict avoidant? And how does our reluctance to engage in conflict impact the therapeutic process. Guilt and shame over perceiving the patient in a negative light have contributed to the ongoing practice of minimizing or denying negative feelings toward patients. Yet patients themselves report greater benefit from treatment when the therapist’s feelings are expressed appropriately. Psychoanalysis seems to be moving more in the direction of waiting for enactment to take place rather than actively negotiating conflict and minimizing enactment. This position is justified using the argument that negative countertransference cannot be known until it is acted out, a concept that is not supported by either case reports or the neuroscience literature. Maroda argues for therapists’ responsibility for facilitating conflict, including using constructive self-disclosure to promote ongoing affective engagement.

About the presenter: Karen J. Maroda, Ph.D., ABBP, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin and in private practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. The author of four books, The Power of Countertransference, Seduction, Surrender and Transformation, Psychodynamic Techniques, and The Analyst’s Vulnerability, as well as numerous journal articles and book reviews. She also sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She gives lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.


Friday 18th November 2022 – 18:00 GMT
Professor Brett Kahr
Event details tbc


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Recordings Available:

We are pleased to be able to offer recordings of the following seminars.  The cost of each is £25.

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Once payment has been made, please email to confirm and which recording you would like.

Mitchell Wilson – The Analyst’s Desire 

Marguerite Reid - Born in the Shadow of a Loss; the Replacement Child (penumbra baby) 

Darian Leader - Mourning and Melancholia



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