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Psychotherapy Effectiveness: Making therapeutic use of countertransference and mentalizing

This interactive course will help psychotherapists expand their clinical repertoire in order to better manage commonly encountered clinical challenges in contemporary psychotherapy.  The course will facilitate improved therapeutic outcomes in difficult treatment situations through application of an integrative model and common therapeutic factors.  Particular foci of emphasis include the therapeutic alliance, effective use of countertransference and therapeutic meta-communication.  The course format features a combination of didactic presentation and group learning with demonstration and direct application utilizing standardized patients.


 At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand critical factors related to the effective establishment and maintenance of the therapeutic alliance;
  • Understand clinical approaches that reduce the risk of therapeutic impasses and negative outcomes in psychotherapy;
  • Appreciate how attachment-based formulation, mentalization, countertransference and meta-communication can be effectively used in psychotherapy.


Suitable for supervisory faculty, psychiatrists, GP-psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses.

Accreditation will be sought.

Participants can enroll in the workshop only or apply for the workshop and the MSPI Certificate in Psychotherapy Program.  Certificate candidates (minimum requirements: 2 years experience as a credentialed health professional and psychotherapist) are expected to complete the workshop, and participate in 20 hours of one-on-one or small group supervision with an MSPI psychotherapy supervisor within a two-year period.  Study credits are given for all group learning activities.

For more information about the workshop, please review our review our flyer (305 KB pdf pdf.gif)

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

$50.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation.  Refund requests must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  No refunds will be given after this time. 


For more information, please contact Connie Kim, Administrative Coordinator, at