Taking Care of the Hated and Hateful Patient

Online Course
$80.00 – List Price
$80.00 – Member/Affiliate Price
CE Credits
Exam Items

View the Demo

Countertransference phenomena, the emotional responses of psychotherapists to their patients, are an inevitable component of psychotherapy. How psychotherapists feel about their patients provides important clinical data that influences the treatment process. In contrast to classical psychoanalytic thinking that represents the personal reactions of the psychotherapist as irrelevant or detrimental, more recent ideas understand these reactions as opportunities to enhance the treatment process. Countertransference rage and hatred are particularly threatening topics. Psychotherapists are healers who care for their patients. To acknowledge hostile feelings towards a patient takes courage and professional maturity. How to make effective use of these feelings in understanding and managing the treatment relationship is challenging and risky. Nevertheless, hatred in its various forms is inevitable in a profession where exposure to intense affect is routine. In the treatment of personality disorders where the therapist is invited to reenact certain aggressive roles, the alternative to experiencing hatred may be affective numbing and stonewalling. This symposium, originally presented at the 2005 APA Convention in Washington D.C., brings together four experienced psychotherapists to discuss the theoretical aspects of countertransference anger and hatred and its management in practice.

Part of the APA Online Academy Convention Workshop Presentations Campus.

Chris Muran, PhD; Dorothy Holmes, PhD; Jean Carter, PhD; Karen Maroda, PhD; Abe Wolf, PhD

Biographies of the presenters

How to purchase
  • Go to the APA Online Academy Registration Form.

  • If you are an APA member, please have your Membership Number available. If you don't know it, you can look up your membership number online or contact APA directly at (800) 374-2721, ext. 5580.

  • If you are paying by credit card, you will immediately receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to access the course and your username and password.

  • If you are paying by check, there is a ONE BUSINESS DAY waiting period before you can access your course. You should still register online.

More CE On
More CE of This Type