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.

 

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Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs



bennett2Matthew Bennett Psy.D.

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


WHEN: 
DATE:May 31, 2014; Saturday
TIME: 10:30 am-1:45 pm
# of CE CREDITS: 3

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


 ADDITIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This Continuing Education (CE) seminar explored how to recognize and approach schizoid personalities in therapy and in everyday life situations. The instructor, psychologist Dr Matthew Bennett, provided an overview of schizoid dynamics, defensive style, and how the personality is represented in diagnostic nomenclature. People with inherently schizoid personalities may come across as dreamers, loners, or idealists and sometimes younger ones raise concerns among loved ones due to "failure to launch." Although people with schizoid characteristics may resist the idea of therapy, they can bloom when working with a skilled therapist who understands where they are coming from. The seminar also included discussions of the schizoid personality in cultural context, differential diagnosis with other clinical presentations, and how best to approach people with schizoid dynamics in treatment. The emphasis of this seminar was on developing the capacity to empathize with the schizoid point of view, respecting the schizoid defensive style but still encouraging a gradient for change. The differences between Schizoid Schizotypal, Narcissistic and Avoidant personalities as well as Asperger's Syndrome were discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR CE:
  1. Participants will be able to describe one aspect of the emotional life, cultural context, and defensive style of the schizoid personality.
  2. Participants will be able to select a therapeutic stance designed to be helpful to the schizoid personality.
  3. Participants will be able to compare and contrast DSM-5 diagnostic criteria from psychodynamic formulations of schizoid personality.
SCHEDULE:

10:15-10:30 am -  REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN

10:30- 11:00 am  -  ORIENTATION TO SCHIZOID DYNAMICS:

  1. Definitions and historical overview
  2. Schizoid characteristics and dynamics

11:00 -11:30 am   - THE SCHIZOID PERSONALITY IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

  1. Schizoid dynamics vs cultural dynamics
  2. Schizoid personalities in the media
  3. How to appreciate people with schizoid dynamics

11:30 -12:00 pm   - THE SCHIZOID DEFENSIVE STYLE

  1. Retreat into fantasy

12:00 -12:15 pm -  BREAK (approximate time)

12:15:12:45 pm - DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSES

  1. Schizoid personality vs Schizoid Personality Disorder
  2. Schizoid vs Schizotypal, Narcissistic and Avoidant personalities, Asperger's Syndrome and Autism

12:45-1:30 pm  - TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS

1:30-1:45 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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