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. 

 

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Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs


bennett2Matthew Bennett Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute.


WHEN: 
DATE: October 24th, 2015, Saturday;
TIME: 2:00 pm am-5:00 pm
# of CE CREDITS: 3

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


 ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This presentation served as the introduction to a series of planned seminars on specific personality styles. The seminar reviewed broadly psychodynamic perspectives on the diagnosis of personality organization and personality disorder. The focus was on differentiating personality styles and personality disorders.
The presented lecture emphasized how diagnosing personality organization can serve as an aid to conducting psychotherapy. The seminar: (1) addressed the clinical usefulness of identifying and describing patterns of handling affect, defensive styles, and perceiving interpersonal reality; (2) included rationales for diagnosis (including cautions about the limits diagnosis) and the importance of assuming certain “stances” in psychotherapy based on personality diagnosis; (3) reviewed the traditional tripartite psychoanalytic rubric of organizing personality development into psychotic, borderline, and neurotic ranges of organization, including the clinical implications for each. As a result, the presentation included emphasis on both level of personality organization and type.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR CE:
  1. Participants will be able to recognize and name basic defensive operations used by individuals in order to modulate affect and avoid emotional pain or pressure.
  2. Participants will be able to identify key features of psychotic, characterological / borderline, and neurotic / normal personality development in therapy populations.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze key features of interpersonal behavior in such a way as to develop tentative hypotheses about underlying character organization.
SCHEDULE:

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

2:00 - 3:45 pm   INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW

  1. Introduction and review of psychodynamic principles involving affect, affect modulation, and the concept of affect tolerance.  Basic emotional experiences like shame and guilt.
  2. “Primitive” vs. “mature” defenses will be reviewed, with emphasis on clinical implications of each.
  3.  Review of Kerberg's model: psychotic, borderline, and neurotic levels of organization

3:45 - 4:00 pm   BREAK (approximate time)

4:00 - 4:45 pm   A REVIEW OF DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS FOR SELECTED PERSONALITY STYLE

     1. Defensive styles, presentation in therapy, and treatment considerations

4:45 - 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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