Understanding and Working with Erotic Transference and Countertransference

Registration: Contact JoAnn at joannponder@aol.com


Members $280

Non-Members $350

Early Career Professionals (within 5 years of graduation) and Retired $140

This is an intermediate to advanced-level salon intended for practicing clinicians who want an in-depth understanding of the erotic transference-countertransference matrix. There will be 3 readings for each session authored by prior pioneers and contemporary scholars on the topic, such as Mark Blechner, Andrea Celenza, Jody Messler Davies, Dianne Elise, Glen Gabbard, and Harriet Kimble Wrye. Their articles examine the transference-countertransference phenomena through the lens of ego psychology, object relations, and/or relational psychoanalysis. Specific topics include the developmental levels of the transference, the client’s childhood contributions to the transference, evolving and adaptive aspects of the transference, the erotic countertransference, female clinicians’ resistances to erotic transference-countertransference with male clients, risks and management of erotic transference, and aspects of the erotic transference with gay and lesbian individuals. Discussion time will be allotted for salon participants to present and explore their own case material. Limited to 10 participants.

01/27/20 Session 1 Preoedipal vs. Oedipal Erotic Transferences

1a) Differentiate erotized, erotic, loving, and affectionate transferences

1b) Identify 2 overarching continuums that distinguish various erotic transferences

02/03/20 Session 2 Maternal Erotic Transference

2a) Give 2 examples of how the sensuous mother-infant bond may appear metaphorically in the adult treatment dyad

2b) Describe a useful dialectic that can be engaged in clinical work to transcend the gender binary and its rigid identifications in conceptualizing maternal erotic transferences

02/10/20 Session 3 Development and Meanings of the Erotic Transference

3a) Identify 2 childhood contributions to the development of an erotic transference

3b) Describe how a male adult’s erotic transference toward a female therapist might serve developmental functions and evolve over the course of treatment

02/17/20 Session 4 Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Aspects of Erotic Transference

4a) Describe 2 possible adaptive or transformative functions of erotic transference

4b) Describe how the analyst might contribute to erotic transference

02/24/20 Session 5 Erotic Countertransference

5a) State the difference between erotic, erotized, and perverse forms of sexual countertransference

5b) Describe the pros and cons of disclosing erotic countertransference

03/02/20 Session 6 Resistances to Male-to-Female Erotic Counter/Transference

6a) Describe 2 cultural and/or intrapsychic factors that may foreclose a male client’s erotic transference to a female clinician

6b) Describe 2 cultural and/or intrapsychic factors that may inhibit a female clinician’s erotic countertransference to a male

03/09/20 Session 7 Erotic Transferences with Gay and Lesbian Individuals
7a) Define the term antierotic transference
7b) State why it is more productive to explore rather than interpret an erotic transference

Bio: The salon will be facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD, a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She completed her training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. JoAnn has developed and facilitated numerous classes at CFPS, salons at AP, and study groups in her own practice. She has presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Her publications include 5 journal articles, 2 book chapters, and a co-authored book on various topics in clinical and applied psychoanalysis.

Schedule: 7 Mondays from January – March 2020, 7:30 – 9:00pm 10.5 CEs

Location: JoAnn’s office, 3660 Stoneridge Rd., Suite D-102, Austin, TX 78746 Registration: Contact JoAnn at joannponder@aol.com

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 13.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need forprivacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful,participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to info@austinpsychoanalytic.org. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.


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