About this event:
“Tackling Intense Countertransference,” presented by Jennifer Scroggie, APRN
Scarritt Bennett Center
2nd Floor, Bennett Hall
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
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Sponsor: Bridge to Recovery
Countertransference inevitable, creating challenges for novice and expert clinicians alike. It is our primary therapeutic tool to understand our client’s inner psychic world. Effective therapeutic treatment requires us to engage in a complex and intimate relationship. Regardless of theoretical approach, intense feelings generated within the dyad can be confusing and overwhelming. There are times we are pressured unconsciously to play the role of someone from the client’s past and this reenactment can give us a rich tapestry of both the client’s and our own early life. Our role is to help the patient remember and understand the past rather than enact which creates barriers to sustaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Awareness of the role of countertransference is critical so that we can be pushed to the ‘edge’ of the therapeutic frame and use this pressure from the client to learn in vivo about early relationships and their internal world. Taking the risk of continually evaluating our thoughts and feelings, both benign and hostile, is critical for all who have the privilege of sitting with clients. Being thoughtful about our responses to clients teaches us as much about ourselves as our clients. Clinical supervision is essential to allow us to see clearly through another pair of eyes the relational dance with our clients. During this presentation, you will learn about countertransference pearls and pitfalls. Case examples will illustrate common countertransference difficulties and a lively discussion will assist attendees in how to use your complex thoughts and feelings in response to clients as they move forward in their healing.
Bio: Jennifer Scroggie is an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and a faculty member in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. She also has a faculty appointment in the department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Scroggie has forty years of experience as a Registered Nurse and has been teaching and practicing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for twenty years. Ms. Scroggie completed her educational raining as a psychoanalyst at the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and is an advanced candidate. She has been a faculty member of the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program in Nashville TN since 2006. Her primary clinical and teaching interests are in psychodynamic psychotherapy and the interface with medication management. Jennifer’s teaching interests are in theories of psychotherapy, group and family psychotherapy and clinical practice from novice to expert. She has individually supervised over 40 Graduate Nursing students, psychiatrists in residency and students in the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program.