The therapeutic alliance is described along with transference and transference acting-out. The therapeutic task is defined - i.e., to help the patient convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference through appropriate interventions. The psychotherapy of each of the disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid) is described in terms of indications, therapeutic technique and goals. Clinical examples will be given. Two videotapes of psychotherapy will be presented- one with a Borderline patient and the other with a Narcissistic disorder. Countertransference problems are described.
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James F. Masterson (M.D., Jefferson Medical School, 1951) was Director of the Masterson Group, P.C., which specializes in the treatment of adolescent and adult character disorders. Additionally, he was Director of the Masterson Institute (formerly Character Disorder Foundation); attending psychiatrist at New York Hospital, Payne Whitney Clinic; and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College. Masterson has authored seven books and edited two volumes, mostly on the topic of psychoanalytic approaches to character disoreders and adolescents. His seminal work on the borderline personality has made him one of the most influential and studied practitioners of modern psychoanalytic methods.