Projective Identification


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An APPCIOS webinar facilitated by Paul Terry

We will cover the following topics: 

  • Projective Identification and Transference and Countertransference
  • Different forms of Projective Identification
  • Motives for Projective Identification
  • Projective identification and the Superego
  • Therapeutic working through to retrieve projections

In these webinars we will study projective identification as it is experienced in therapeutic practice in the transference and countertransference; in its different forms: attributive, evocative or acquisitive; its various motives: to communicate, evacuate, possess, control, deny separateness or overcome loss; its relationship to introjective identification; how the superego drives projective identification and is often reflected in what is projected; and as projective identification operates interpersonally in therapeutic and other personal relationships, and intra-personally between the ego and superego.  We will study working through to enable the retrieval of projective identifications especially in relation to therapeutic technique and the framing and timing of interpretations.

We will discuss different aspects of projective identification illustrated through the presentation  and discussion of clinical material.  It will be important that webinar members bring examples from their own practice.

The webinars are suitable for qualified and trainee counsellors and therapists.

There will be six weekly hour long webinars on Sunday mornings at 11am on November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and 1st December.  The webinars will be by Zoom. The fee for the webinars will be £90 payable in advance.  Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 14 participants.

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I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice.  I have worked in child, adolescent, adult mental health and forensic settings, and latterly in a specialist mental health service for older people in the National Health Service. For many years in tandem with clinical practice I was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.  

I written extensively about my clinical work and the application of psychoanalytical ideas to social and political themes.  In 2004 I won the Annual Essay Prize of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS for my article ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Psychosis and Violence – Working in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit’   In 2008 I published a revised second edition of my book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan).    

I have  a particular interest in projective identification because it is a key concept in his  teaching and publications. He finds it especially helpful in illuminating clinical practice and various social and political issues.  I have considerable experience of leading workshops on projective identification, but this will the first time I have used videoconferencing for this purpose.

Paul Terry



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Apologies there is an error above, the final Webinar will be on Sunday 6th December at 11am, not the 1st December.

Paul Terry