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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Transforming the Formless Countertransference Into Representable Form

Visiting Professor: Fred Busch, Ph.D.
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Farmington Hills
2-4 pm

2 CME and CE Credit Hours
($10 per credit hour for non-MPS members)

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills


About the Presenter

Fred Busch, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 90 articles in the psychoanalytic literature and three books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into eight languages and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His third book, Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A Method and Theory of Psychoanalysis, was a finalist for the Gradiva prize. He was the Editor of JAPA Books and has been on numerous editorial boards. He was a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Faculty member of the University of Michigan Psychiatry and Psychology Departments.

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is honored to have Dr. Fred Busch with us for the week of February 27 – March 4, 2017.

Practice Gap/Need:

The discovery of the importance of countertransference thoughts and feelings as a crucial source of information in the psychoanalytic situation has been one of the most significant contributions over the last eighty years. Beginning with the pioneering work of the Kleinians, we’ve come to realize its significance in understanding every patient at some point in their analysis and its importance in understanding other patients from the moment they walk into our consulting room. However, as Levine (1997) pointed out, “so many contrasting views have been voiced that the term countertransference has come to suffer from over expansion, attempts at overt and covert redefinition, a lack of precision, and inconstancy of usage” (p. 44). Also, as essential as it is as a tool in our analytic work, it also provides data that is difficult to sort out and translate. While we have a rich body of literature on the usefulness of countertransference in informing interpretation, a theory of interpretation within the countertransference has yet to be developed.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
a) Identify the use of countertransference and its application in interpretation.
b) Compare the different contrasting views of countertransference.
c) More effectively utilize countertransference in the therapeutic encounter.