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BT06 Short Course 18 - Using Personality Adaptations as a Guide to Brief Therapy - Vann Joines, PhD

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Short Courses |  Brief Therapy |  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) |  Personality Disorders |  Passive-Aggressiveness |  Therapeutic Relationship
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2006
Vann Joines, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 07, 2006
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There are six core personality adaptations that form the basic building blocks of personality. These are schizoid, paranoid, antisocial, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive and histrionic. Each of these has a specific way (feeling, thinking, or behavior) of making contact with the world, a target area for growth and change, and a trap area where the person has the greatest defenses. By knowing this information, the therapist can quickly establish rapport, target interventions to the area that will produce the greatest change, and avoid getting trapped in the client's defenses. This workshop will look at these six core adaptations, how they develop, and how to work most effectively with each one.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To list the six core adaptations that form the building blocks of personality.
  2. To describe how to work most effectively with each type.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*