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.
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Last updated: 23 October 2018
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.
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.