Projective Identification

“Projective Identification in Practice” with Paul Terry on Saturday 7th October 2017

This day workshop will study projective identification as it is experienced in therapeutic practice.

Projective identification will be examined 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 intrapersonally between the ego and superego. Working through to enable the retrieval of projective identifications will be studied in relation to therapeutic technique of the framing and timing of interpretations.

These different aspects of projective identification will be illustrated through the presentation and discussion of clinical material. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice.
The workshop is suitable for qualified/ experienced therapists as well as trainee counsellors and therapists.


Paul Terry is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice. He has worked in child, adolescent, adult mental health and forensic settings, and most recently in a specialist mental health service for older people in the National Health Service. For many years in tandem with clinical practice Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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

Paul has a particular interest in projective identification because it has become a central concept in his teaching and publications. He finds it especially helpful in illuminating clinical practice and various social and political issues. For the last several years he has led workshops on projective identification at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London.

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