clinical workshops sessions
Session #1: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) Workshop
Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Working with Patients with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Features
Presented by: Dr. Kenneth Levy, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
9:00am - 12:30pm
Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is a comprehensive and ambitious evidence‐based treatment for patients with severe personality disorders such as BPD and NPD. TFP is a modified and manualized treatment based on Otto Kernberg and colleagues’ writings on object relations theory. Its efficacy has been demonstrated in multiple studies, both regarding symptom change and changes in personality structure and is comparable with other treatments. While based in the psychodynamic tradition, the treatment has important modifications making it of use to general clinicians today working with patients with significant personality disorder pathology. This presentation will avoid jargon and focus on experience-near language meant to resonate with the attendees at all levels of experience and of various orientations. Clinical vignettes, role plays, and videotaped psychotherapy material will be used throughout. In addition, the research base for TFP will be reviewed.
By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to explain essential elements TFP model, including: (1) assessment and providing feedback to the patient, (2) setting a collaborative treatment frame and goals, (3) dealing with challenges to the treatment frame and patient suicidality, (4) how to establish and maintain a non-judgmental stance, (5) dealing with intense affects in session, (6) recognizing transference patterns and differentiating the transference from the therapeutic alliance and the real relationship, (7) using one’s own reaction to the patient as information about the patient’s internal state and/or how the patient may affect others, (8) Clarifying the patient’s subjective experience; Tactfully brining into awareness disparate aspects of the patient’s experience, and tactfully helping the patient understand the underlying dynamics that contribute to their experience of themselves and others; and (9) recognizing changes in the patient.
Session #2: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Workshop
Working With Emotions in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Presented by: Dr. Shelley McMain, Ph.D., C.Psych
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
1:30pm - 5:00pm
In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), pervasive emotion dysregulation is theorized to underlie borderline personality disorder and related mental disorders. The effective delivery of DBT requires a focus on emotions and knowledge on how to work effectively with in-session emotions. Operating from a framework that emotions are central to the development and maintenance of problems and the process of change, this workshop explores how to monitor emotional arousal and recognize in-session markers of emotion processing problems. Dr. McMain will lay out principles and strategies to facilitate emotional awareness and acceptance as well as techniques to transform problematic emotional responses. Attention will be paid to the timing of interventions, when to activate emotion, and when to regulate unproductive and destructive emotions. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
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