Projection and Transference

This program is an opportunity to directly explore the processes of projection and transference, in the service of others and yourself.

The extent to which we see our preconceptions in another person, is the extent to which we fail to make direct contact with that person. As we project our own needs, desires, assumptions and processes onto others around us, we miss the person themselves. This projection underlies transference, counter transference, prejudice and contempt. By exploring these processes we can find ways to understand and work with them in the service of respectful, equal, contactful relationship. These are issues of great value for anyone intending to lead groups, supervise staff, or work in the helping professions.

Participants in the program will:

  • Increase their awareness of their own process.
  • Learn how to use counter transference clues to understand interactions.
  • Consider how and why transference can be helpful and learn methods to increase or decrease it.
  • Learn appropriate and ethical approaches to transference.
  • Be able to recognize different types of transference.
  • Increase their leadership competence.

The program includes presentation, discussion and experiential exercises. Participants are encouraged to look at their own experience to develop their ability to make contact with others in both their personal and work relationships.

Projection and Transference is one in a series of skills programs originally developed for The Haven by Gwen Ewan and Wayne Dodge.



This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.   As such, the registrar did not review this program.