The "visible" self is a constellation of emotions, perceptions, assumptions, memories, and many other psychological determinants, many of which are unconscious. According to psychodynamic models of psychotherapy, unconscious aspects of the self strive outward for expression, creating the conditions for building a consistent sense of self in the external world. The task of selfhood is to balance inner and outer forces, which may sometimes be in conflict. This workshop is intended to introduce licensed practitioners and students of mental health disciplines to psychodynamic perspectives on personality formation as "strategies for selfhood." Personality disorders are explored and defined, and clinical strategies for dealing with each are described, as part of a "guided tour" of personality patterns recognized in the clinical literature. Together, the psychologist and the artist underline the need for selfhood in a world which devalues internal work and internal values, explicitly honoring the needs of both psyche and soul in the journey towards Selfhood.
12.5 Continuing Education Credits; for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors
Matthew Bennett Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Actor, artist, visionary philosopher
Date: July, 2011
Pacyfica Graduate Institute,
Carinteria, CA, Ladera Campus