Working with Projection in cases of High Anxiety - launching soon. REGISTER BELOW

A skill-building course for therapeutic professionals, to help you identify and deactivate projection in cases of high anxiety.

When a patient is highly anxious and projecting, it’s hard if not impossible to offer truly effective help. If we don’t know how to spot projection early on in the therapeutic process, it can lead to patients deteriorating and blaming themselves; therapeutic work getting stuck in unhelpful, unproductive patterns; misalliances between therapist and patients; increased frustration and burnout for therapists. This course gives you the tools and support to effectively identify and work with patients who are using projection as a strategy to manage both high anxiety states and complex feelings. It’s a completely different experience to passive e-learning because it encourages active participation. If you want to improve patient outcomes and actively bridge theory into your clinical practice, this course is for you.

Created by Dr Angela Cooper & Dr Jessica Bolton










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A skill building course for therapeutic professionals. To help you identify and work with patients who are projecting in cases of high anxiety. Those patients who struggle to feel safe in emotionally close relationships: where the past experience of 'not safe' comes into the present moment outside of their awareness.

When your patients struggle to hold their feelings inside of themselves, their internal experience can be projected onto the therapeutic relationship and you. This can take many forms - from “you think I’m useless” to “I think you will hurt me” - with the most serious cases bringing a significant difficulty in reality testing at these times.

This is where we can help. This course gives you the tools and supports you to identify projection and learn how to deactivate it with your patients. We help you aim for a therapeutic alliance based on how things are right now, not a misalliance which comes from their experience of the recent or distant past. In the course we help you to see with your patients - what is happening right now? What they might be bringing - i.e. thoughts and feelings of being unsafe and disconnected & what might be possible together - i.e. building safeness and connection.

Separating past experience and future predictions from their present moment experience is vital and difficult; and is about building cognitive capacity, an embodied experience and emotional capacity. So these tools are not just about what you say, they also teach you how to be with your patients, and to help your patient have an embodied experience - enabling them to feel safe to explore and grow.

Through short video modules, you will learn about the theory and practice working with projection in cases of high anxiety. Reflective practice, clinical skill building and emotional capacity building will ensure that your active participation brings your learning to life.

What You Will Learn

  • Restructuring systems of resistance
  • Identifying projections
  • Helping patients to manage conflicting and complex feelings
  • How to push projection back in
  • How to strengthen patients’ cognitive scaffolding
  • How to encourage and embrace small, unremarkable breakthroughs
  • Multiple routes to deactivate projections
  • Build your capacity to step back from projections
  • Separating yourself from the projections you are more prone to accept
  • Building motivation to change when there is a lot of ambivalence

What You Will Need

Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection. Experience may not be optimal on a phone or smaller tablet so we urge you to use a desktop whenever possible.

To have a background of working therapeutically with clients. This course is designed to be helpful for trained therapists.

It may benefit a whole variety of health, education, wellbeing and social care professionals who need to develop active and effective relationships with their clients or patients. If this applies to you and it is helpful - let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by experiential?
This means you can get very actively involved in learning the skills and techniques involved in this approach. During the course we prioritize your experience in the present moment. We learn more effectively if we are actively involved, if we have regulated emotional experiences and if we practice deliberately what we need to get better at. It can be challenging to stay active when learning via an online / computer based platform so we have interwoven active exercises throughout the course. We encourage you to pay careful attention to your experience throughout the course so you can use the opportunity to notice your responses and learn about how your systems are activated.
Will this learning really have an immediate impact on my clients?
Given the course is highly experiential – the potential for it to really impact you is increased. You can sit back, but your involvement will be significantly related to your outcomes! So the answer is yes, if you practice and work at it. The answer is yes, because here we are providing both a cutting edge model and a cutting edge way of delivering learning opportunities in the comfort of your office or home.

This course is not open for enrollment.