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EP95 Invited Address 07a - Recent Developments in the Technique of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Otto Kernberg, MD

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Invited Addresses |  Psychoanalysis |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995
Otto Kernberg, MD |  Thomas Szasz, MD
1 Hour 25 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 16, 1995
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Invited Address Session 7 Part 1 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - Recent Developments in the Technique of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Featuring Otto Kernberg, MD, with discussant Thomas Szasz, MD.
Moderated by Ellyn Bader, PhD.

The major emphasis in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy is on the early and consistent interpretation of the transference. A growing attention to countertransference analysis, to the risk of "indoctrinating" patients, to character analysis, to the analysis of unconscious meanings in the "here and now" also are dominant trends. Significant controversies continue regarding the importance of the "real" relationship, the therapeutic versus the resistant aspects of regression, the role of empathy, and the relation of historical to narrative truth. A growing interest in short dynamic psychotherapy has sharpened the focus on the indications and contraindications for supportive in contrast to exploratory or expressive modalities of treatment.


Educational Objectives:

  1. To provide up-to-date information regarding the essential aspects of contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  2. To describe both convergent and divergent trends throughout various psychoanalytic schools that influence psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  3. To describe an overview of present trends regarding indications, limitations and contraindications for shortterm and long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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



Otto Kernberg, MD's Profile

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Otto Kernberg, MD, is a psychoanalyst and professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is most widely known for his psychoanalytic theories on borderline personality organization and narcissistic pathology. Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Kernberg is a Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Kernberg is the author of twelve books and co-author of twelve others. His most recent books are Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations and Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology.

Thomas Szasz, MD's Profile

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Thomas S. Szasz, (M.D., University of Cincinnati, 1944) was Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanist fo the Year Award from the American Humanist Association and the Distinguished Service Award from teh American Institute for Public Service. He has received a number of honorary doctorates and lectureships, and served on the editorial board or as consulting editor for ten journals.

Szasz has authored approximately 400 articles, book chapters, reviews, letters to the editor and columns. He has written 19 books.