Transference and Countertransference

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The Transference and Countertransference Module is presented by Dr Rosemary Anderson, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist at Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Unit.

The transference element enters into all relationships to a degree but particularly into interactions between teachers and students and especially students with challenging behaviour/mental health issues.

The transference element occurs when a child (or an adult) unconsciously attempts to provoke situations with us that are usually a ‘hidden’ repetition of their earlier experiences and relationships.

The countertransference element occurs when the recipient of the provocation reacts, usually because they are ‘disposed’ to the issue and are also not conscious of what is happening.

Dr Anderson’s presentation explores how this can readily happen in the classroom.