ANXIETY AS DEPTH EXPERIENCE

The psychodynamic tradition describes anxiety as a meaningful experience rather than just a “symptom.”  The tradition has a rich history of describing different kinds of anxiety, including how anxieties evolve developmentally and how they make sense.  Different kinds of anxieties arise for different reasons and play important roles in the life of the psyche.  As a person matures emotionally, some kinds of anxieties become more relevant than others.  The types of anxiety a person experiences, and how that persons attempts to control that anxiety, are some of the most important things there are to know about a psychotherapy client.  This seminar explored different kinds of anxieties, their dynamic roots in meaningful emotional experience, and strategies for addressing each kind of anxiety.

 

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Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs

bennett2Matthew Bennett Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.


WHEN: 
DATE: April 23rd,2016, Saturday;
TIME: 2:00 pm am-5:00 pm
# of CE CREDITS: 3

WHERE:
Montecito Library
1469 East Valley Road
Montecito, CA 93108

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 ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Psychodynamic theory suggests that there is an hierarchy of anxieties. Some types of anxieties are native to the conditions of being a helpless infant, and others emerge with increasing maturity and interpersonal connection. For example, annihilation anxiety characterizes an existential and pre-verbal sense of inner disaster that belies description. Moral anxiety involves fear of doing the wrong thing, or being “bad.” This seminar will explore a developmental continuum of anxieties, the psychological states which underlie them, and how they manifest in a person. The emphasis was on psychodynamic descriptors of anxiety as a meaningful experience to be tolerated, rather than on disease categories. The discussion included a critique of common approaches to describing anxiety in terms of disease manifestation rather than internal subjective experience. The instructor also reviewed approaches for addressing different anxieties in psychotherapy and how they relate to different kinds of character structure.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR CE:
  1. Participants will be able to describe characteristics of different types of anxiety as described in the psychodynamic literature, including annihilation anxiety, abandonment anxiety, and moral anxiety.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and critique clinical and culture-based lay perspectives on anxiety which ignore subjective experience of anxiety in favor of discrete disease categories.
  3. Participants will be able to develop strategies for addressing and resolving anxiety states in psychotherapy.

1:45 - 2:00 pm   REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN

2:00 - 2:45 pm   ORIENTATION: The role of anxiety in psychodynamic theory        

  1. Anxiety as meaningful experience rather than “symptom”
  2. Signal anxiety vs. neurotic or psychotic anxieties
  3. Types of anxiety
  4. Crosswalking type of anxiety with disorder category

2:45 - 3:30 pm   DEVELOPMENTAL HIERARCHY OF ANXIETIES

  1. Annihilation anxiety
  2. Abandonment anxiety
  3. Moral anxiety

3:30 - 3:45 pm   BREAK (approximate time)

3:45 - 4:30 pm   ANXIETY AND CHARACTER STRUCTURE

  1. Personality as an epiphenomenon of anxiety and defense
  2. Anxiety in schizoid personalities
  3. Anxiety in narcissistic personalities
  4. Anxiety in histrionic personalities
  5. Anxiety in depressive personalities

4:30 - 4:50 pm   PSYCHODYNAMIC CONSIDERATIONS IN TREATING ANXIETY

  1. Countertransference issues
    2. Teaching tolerance

4:50 - 5:00 pm   SUMMARY, QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION


SEMINAR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT INFORMATION:

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs (as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences) and psychologists (as required by the California Psychological Association).

The Aeolian Center is approved by the California Psychological Association (provider # AEO001) to provide continuing education seminars for professional education for psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs. Aeolian Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Read more ...

To complete the course, and receive 3 CE credits attendees must:

  1. Be present for the entire time of the course
  2. Sign in at the beginning and out at the end
  3. Complete a written evaluation of the course
  4. To receive CE credit full attendance is required - No partial credit.

Certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of each course to those who have registered and paid for credit and fulfilled the requirements listed above. A replacement transcript can be provided if one is lost for no additional fee.

The Aeolian Center has not received any commercial or monetary support for this event or speaker, content of instruction (e.g., research grants, funding research findings etc.) or any benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, etc.) that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

 


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COPY OF LOST CERTIFICATE:

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