2016 LIVE EVENTS ARCHIVES

  • THE BORDERS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY: BOUNDARIES IN THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

    THE BORDERS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY: BOUNDARIES IN THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

    The psychodynamic concept of intersubjectivity seems to present the therapist with a paradox.  On one hand, the therapist is responsible for the ethical imperative of setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries with the client.  On the other hand, the intersubjective perspective challenges the idea that therapist and client are separate minds, suggesting that what happens in the therapeutic relationship is a “therapeutic third” that is co-created by therapist and client.  How do we set boundaries in a relationship in which we can’t say where we end and the client begins?  This seminar will encourage a thoughtful and disciplined exploration of how …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 »
  • SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    This seminar explored the introjective defensive style of the depressive personality from a broadly psychodynamic perspective, and discussed constructive ways of approaching the depressive personality in therapy.  The depressive is emotionally sensitive, self-critical, fearful of rejection, and often carries around an inordinate amount of inappropriate guilt and unmourned losses.  Healthy depressives often make up for their own perceived failures by trying to heal others and doing good deeds; more disturbed depressives may descend into self-hatred, mood disorder, and even psychotic features.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Reiss …Read More »
  • THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS IN ART

    THE HIEROGLYPH OF THE HUMAN SOUL: ARCHETYPAL FOUNDATIONS IN ART

    This immersive seminar represents a guided tour of archetypal representations of personality through art.  Artist Leigh McCloskey and psychologist Matthew Bennett will describe a mythic and psychological journey towards emotional completeness.  Referencing ancient mythological narratives as well as contemporary theories of personality development, presenters provide a map of human emotional experience called the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul.  The seminar will include visual and lecture presentations, conversation and discussion with participants, and meaningful interaction with Leigh’s evocative paintings.   SEMINAR IS FREE ( NO CE credits) Matthew Bennett Psy.D Licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria and Reiss …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 »
  • ANXIETY AS DEPTH EXPERIENCE

    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 …Read More »
  • SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    This seminar explored the introjective defensive style of the depressive personality from a broadly psychodynamic perspective, and discussed constructive ways of approaching the depressive personality in therapy.  The depressive is emotionally sensitive, self-critical, fearful of rejection, and often carries around an inordinate amount of inappropriate guilt and unmourned losses.  Healthy depressives often make up for their own perceived failures by trying to heal others and doing good deeds; more disturbed depressives may descend into self-hatred, mood disorder, and even psychotic features.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  DATE: …Read More »
  • PSYCHODYNAMIC CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION WORKSHOP

    PSYCHODYNAMIC CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION WORKSHOP

    Case conceptualization goes beyond diagnosis to determining how a client's presentation makes sense. Psychodynamic conceptualization combines focus on emotions and unconscious motivation with a relational emphasis, This seminar will give participants a chance to practice conceptualizing from a psychodynamic point of view, using their own de-identified psychotherapy cases, with help from the instructor and other participants.    Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  DATE: March 6th, 2016, Sunday; TIME: 2:00 pm am-5:00 pm # of CE CREDITS: 3 WHERE: Montecito Library 1469 East Valley Road Montecito, CA 93108 For …Read More »