2014 LIVE EVENTS ARCHIVES

  • THE POWER AND THE GLORY: WORKING WITH THE HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY

    THE POWER AND THE GLORY: WORKING WITH THE HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY

    Psychotherapy with histrionic personalities often involves contending with powerful forces which can threaten to overwhelm the therapeutic frame. These sensitive, emotionally talented patients are exquisitely attachment oriented but may seem unable to tolerate the ruptures, misunderstandings, minor failures and disappointments, which inevitably come with any intimate relationship…including psychotherapeutic ones.  This seminar explored ways of understanding and navigating the deep-seated fear of abandonment and its dark twin, fear of engulfment, from a broadly psychodynamic perspective. Due to theoretical considerations, the DSM borderline personality was also addressed in this seminar.    Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor …Read More »
  • THE NARCISSIST UNMASKED

    THE NARCISSIST UNMASKED

    It is not hard to understand how narcissist and those with traits of narcissistic personality disorder make their way into our lives. Often times they are the most interesting person in the crowd, exhibiting passion and confidence. We marry them, we accept jobs from them, we even admire them at first... but eventually we start to notice the true side of the narcissist. This seminar explored: (a) ways to understand the narcissist, (b) the impact of narcissists on our lives and (c) strategies for dealing with narcissist in therapy and life.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed …Read More »
  • CHILDREN FOR SALE: Lived Experience Research with Sex Trafficking Survivors in India

    CHILDREN FOR SALE: Lived Experience Research with Sex Trafficking Survivors in India

    The legacy of millions of women and children in India today is the fracture and fragmentation impelled by a subculture of sexual enslavement.  This presentation provided an overview of the global sex trafficking pandemic, how this phenomenon is specifically impacting India, survivor stories of young girls rescued from trafficking in Kolkata, India, and within this context, ethical, socio-cultural, and identity issues as infom clinical work with this population, and impact the therapeutic container. We also considered perspectives on somatic experience as may impact lived experience research, and work in the therapeutic space.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs   Indhushree …Read More »
  • HUMAN GEOMETRY: ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

    HUMAN GEOMETRY: ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

    This seminar reviewed broadly psychodynamic perspectives on the diagnosis of personality organization and personality disorder. The emphasis was on diagnosing personality organization as an aid to conducting psychotherapy.  Dr. Bennett provided an overview of the psychodynamic sensibility about identifying diagnosing personality disorder, highlighting the clinical usefulness of identifying and describing patterns of handling affect, defensive styles, and perceiving interpersonal reality.  The discussion included an emphasis on how to adopt certain “stances” in psychotherapy based on personality diagnosis.    Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  …Read More »
  • THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    This immersive Continuing Education (CE) workshop explored the archetypal foundations of personality based on the captivating artwork of artist/actor Leigh McCloskey. On the premises of the artist’s studio, Dr. Bennett reviewed an integrative approach to Jungian and psychoanalytic models of character structure.  The seminar included an immersive guided tour of Leigh’s captivating masterwork, the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul, accompanied by the seminar lead by the psychologist Dr. Bennett and artist himself. Level: intermediate. Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D Licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Leigh J. McCloskey Author, actor, …Read More »
  • UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS – UNDERSTANDING THE SCHIZOID PERSONALITY

    UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS – UNDERSTANDING THE SCHIZOID PERSONALITY

    This continuing education seminar explored schizoid personality in therapy and in everyday life situations In this workshop, psychologist Dr Matthew Bennett discussed how to recognize schizoid personality characteristics, how to relate to people with schizoid dynamics, and how to approach this style in talk therapy in a manner which respects the schizoid defensive style but still encourages a gradient for change. The seminar also addressed how contemporary society views people with schizoid personalities, some common misunderstandings, and differentiating schizoid personalities from similar presentations such as Aspergers Syndrome.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, …Read More »
  • HORIZONTAL ASPECTS OF PERSONALITY

    HORIZONTAL ASPECTS OF PERSONALITY

    In the series "Clinical Issues". The lecture will focus on specific archetypal themes as the basis for personality organization described in the psychoanalytic literature. The presenters will integrate Jungian perspectives on archetypes with psychoanalytic conceptualizations of defensive strategies for a more comprehensive vision of both. Read more    INVITED SEMINAR Matthew Bennett Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Board member of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. Paul A. Gabrinetti, Ph.D., Psychologist and Jungian analyst WHEN:  DATE: May 07, 2014: Wednesday, 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM # of CE CREDITS: 2 …Read More »
  • VERTICAL ASPECTS OF PERSONALITY

    VERTICAL ASPECTS OF PERSONALITY

    In this lecture we will focus on developmental levels of personality organization and integration, based on the individual's increasingly complex capacity for mental representation as exemplified by Jung's theory of archetypal psychology. In this model, the archetypes are seen as the building blocks of meaning-making and mental representation which constitute the development of the personality.    INVITED SEMINAR Matthew Bennett Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Board member of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. Paul A. Gabrinetti, Ph.D., Psychologist and Jungian analyst WHEN:  DATE: April 30, 2014: Wednesday, 07:30 PM …Read More »
  • THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    This immersive Continuing Education (CE) workshop explored the archetypal foundations of personality based on the captivating artwork of artist/actor Leigh McCloskey. On the premises of the artist’s studio, Dr. Bennett reviewed an integrative approach to Jungian and psychoanalytic models of character structure.  The seminar included an immersive guided tour of Leigh’s captivating masterwork, the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul, accompanied by the seminar lead by the psychologist Dr. Bennett and artist himself. Level: intermediate. Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D Licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Leigh J. McCloskey Author, actor, …Read More »
  • THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS OF CHARACTER STRUCTURE

    This immersive Continuing Education (CE) workshop explored the archetypal foundations of personality based on the captivating artwork of artist/actor Leigh McCloskey. On the premises of the artist’s studio, Dr. Bennett reviewed an integrative approach to Jungian and psychoanalytic models of character structure.  The seminar included an immersive guided tour of Leigh’s captivating masterwork, the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul, accompanied by the seminar lead by the psychologist Dr. Bennett and artist himself. Level: intermediate. Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D Licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Leigh J. McCloskey Author, actor, …Read More »