Projective Identification with David Smart

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17 June 2023

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Price: Qualified Practitioners £85; Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees £75; WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff £60

Location: online


Are you interested in the interactions between the inner and external worlds?

Do you want to increase your understanding of what clients are splitting off/disowning and how projected aspects of themselves might be reintegrated?

Would you like to recognise ethical and technical issues, e.g. in relation to enactments?

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  • To have a better understanding of how early patterns of behaviour are acted out inside and outside the consulting room/therapeutic setting.
  • To gain a greater appreciation of the anxieties that fuel dysfunctional defences.
  • To gain an enhanced theoretical and technical grounding in addressing splitting and projection.
  • To start developing an enhanced capacity to contain the feelings and impulses stirred up in practitioners by projective identification.

Workshop Leader David Smart trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. He has worked in NHS settings and as a school counsellor after his first career in Special Educational Needs. He led seminars for WPF on the Kleinian tradition for several years and; a study guide based on these is to be published in Spring 2023. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice.

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Counsellors and psychotherapists in their final year of psychodynamic training also welcome. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

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