TRUTH THROUGH FICTION: CHARACTER STYLES IN LITERATURE

In this seminar-style workshop, Dr. Matthew Bennett provided brief guided readings of selected works of fiction in order to illuminate the process of conceptualizing and treating personality disorder in psychotherapy.  The instructor provided a brief orientation to psychodynamic models of personality functioning, and will guide participants in speculatively interpreting the readings for psychodynamic meaning.  The psychodynamic interpretations were supplemented with clinical material where appropriate.  The emphasis was on conceptualization and treatment strategies of different personality dynamics encountered in psychotherapy.

 

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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 25th, 2015, 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:

Fiction offers a perspective on human nature, perception, and behavior which transcends any imperative to defer to consensual reality. Because of its emphasis on “deeper” versions of psychological truth, fiction offers archetypal insights on human psychology rather than narrow behavioral definitions. Therefore, fiction creates an ideal context for psychodynamic analysis of character structure. In this seminar-style workshop, the instructor will provide a brief background on psychodynamic models of personality organization and a diverse selection of excerpts from works of fiction spanning several genres. The readings will be selected to reflect key features of personality functioning from a psychodynamic point of view. The seminar will consist primarily of brief readings followed by group discussion speculating on psychodynamic interpretations of the content. The psychodynamic interpretations will be supplemented with clinical material where appropriate. This event is designed to maximize the participation of the group members rather than following a lecture-format.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR CE:
  1. Participants were able to identify characteristic defensive styles and interpersonal behavior cues of three different personality styles as reflected in written excerpts.
  2. Participants were able to identify key features of psychotic, characterological/ borderline, and neurotic /normal personality development in written excerpts.
  3. Participants were able to develop strategies, which contribute to an effective therapeutic stance in psychotherapy with two different personality styles.

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

2:00 - 2:45 pm   INTRODUCTION: Orientation to personality assessment

  1. Review of defensive styles
  2. Review of behavioral styles
  3. Review of therapeutic intervention

2:45- 3:30 pm    READINGS AND DISCUSSION

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

3:45 - 4:30 pm   READINGS AND DISCUSSION

4:30 - 5:00 pm   CONCLUSIONS AND SUMMARY


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:

A replacement certificate can be provided after the event if one is lost for no additional fee (if sent by email). To receive a copy of your continuing education certificate, please submit online request here (button below) or contact us with any additional questions.