The importance of therapeutic alliance is described. Therapeutic alliance, transference, and transference acting-out are defined and distinguished from each other and the therapeutic task of helping the patient to convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference is outlined. The differences in the form and content of the intrapsychic structure are described to show why different therapeutic techniques are necessary to establish the therapeutic alliance: Confrontation with the borderline and mirroring interpretation of narcissistic vulnerability with the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. A brief case illustrates each.
This workshop will demonstrate the clinical application of developmental, self and object relations theory to psychotherapy with borderline and narcissistic patients- both shorter and longer term. After brief orienting remarks by Dr. Masterson, the participants will present their clinical material for discussion. This material can vary from single interactions to vignettes to longer presentations. Particular attention will be paid to the role of therapeutic neutrality and countertransference.
This workshop centers around a videotaped conversation Dr. Szasz had with a young man diagnosed as "schizophrenic" at a major medical center. The conversation effectively demonstrates that "schizophrenia is in the eye of the beholder. "
This workshop will discuss and demonstrate how to involve the body in the therapeutic process. There will be a live presentation using volunteers from the audience. A video presentation also may be shown and discussed. Basic bioenergetic techniques will be demonstrated. The role of sexuality in emotional problems will be examined.
This workshop will demonstrate the clinical application of developmental, self, and object relations theory to psychotherapy with borderline and narcissistic patients - both shorter and longer term. After brief orienting remarks by Dr. Masterson, the participants will present their clinical material for discussion. This material can vary from single interactions to vignettes to longer presentations. Particular attention will be paid to the role of therapeutic neutrality and countertransference. This is a repeat offering of Wednesday's workshop.
This workshop will address how to elicit and systematically change core beliefs (schemas) with Axis II patients. Topics include the constructive use of transference reactions as a therapeutic tool, and the management of hostility and excessive dependency. The use of imagery and role playing, and the applications of childhood material will be reviewed. A cognitive conceptualization of a case will be given. Ways to handle problems such as missed sessions, prolonging sessions, avoidance, and homework noncompliance will be addressed.
This workshop summarizes the strategy and tactics of psychodynamic psychotherapy with these patients. The role of interpretation, transference analysis, technical neutrality and countertransferenece will be emphasized. Specific technical approaches will be summarized, particularly contract setting, management of suicidal threats, paranoid regression and dishonesty in patients' communication. Finally, supportive psychotherapy with those patients who cannot be treated with an exploratory approach will be outlined.
The focus of this workshop is on problems in therapy: overdependency, ''negative transference,'' acting out, therapeutic impasse and resistance. The same dysfunctional beliefs that maintain psychological disorders interfere with therapeutic change. Specific strategies pinpoint these beliefs as well as the cognitive distortions. This workshop will describe treatment variations for the difficult disorders such as borderline personality, chronic depression and severe agoraphobia.
There is widespread professional discomfort about entering into a therapeutic relationship with a Borderline patient. This workshop addresses suggested treatment strategies for reducing affective arousal and distress, helping to build tolerance skills and creating a collaborative non- threatening atmosphere in which the patient can learn to problem-solve and take healthy risks. A beginner's overview of Ericksonian hypnosis will be included.