Transference and Countertransference: Mirrors & Reflections in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

On March 15th 2016 by admin
Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS March 19, 2018 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 2038 Carmel Road Millville, NJ 08332 COST: $75 6 CEU’s

This event is co-sponsored by the Cumberland County Guidance Center.

Emotional responses elicited by clients and therapists known as Transference and Countertransference can present a challenge.  The related issues that emerge can either be detrimental or advantageous for the therapeutic alliance.  The key to a more positive outcome lies in an understanding and appreciation for the complexities of such phenomena.  This workshop will utilize various modalities to define transference and countertransference, identify warning signs that such phenomena are negatively impacting the client-therapist dyad, and strategies for addressing these in treatment.  In addition, ethical principles, therapist and supervisory response for managing transference and countertransference will be presented.

6 Clinical CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #141402-1145 issued by NASW-NJ.  CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443.  See FAQ’s. 

Through lecture, film, case vignettes and completion of workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define and recognize the clinical phenomena of transference and countertransference
  • Identify the broad range of transference responses by clients and countertransference responses of therapists particularly as it pertains to Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Distinguish between positive and negative transference and countertransference
  • Recognize the warning signs and identify the impact of transference and countertransference on the therapeutic relationship as well as treatment
  • Apply skills to manage transference and countertransference in treatment in an effort to avoid treatment impasses or other negative consequences and address such issues more effectively, particularly in the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Recognize and address ethical dilemmas related to transference & countertransference in treatment
  • Utilize knowledge gained about transference and countertransference in clinical supervision as therapist, colleague or supervisor
  • Enhance clinical supervision or consultation as it relates to supervisee performance and professional development


Ms. Guerra, is a seasoned mental health professional with extensive experience in mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma. Ms. Guerra is an adjunct faculty member at Kean University and other colleges.  She teaches various MSW courses including “Healing from Trauma” and “Psychopathology”.  She developed the curriculum for the Social Work Department’s first Substance Use Disorder Courses. Ms. Guerra is approved by the Certification Board of NJ to teach initial and re-certification L/CADC courses. She is a trainer for New Jersey Prevention Network as well as other agencies. She facilitates training on variety of topics for mental health, substance use and academic settings. Ms. Guerra maintains a private practice and is also a Clinical Administrator for an Outpatient treatment facility.

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