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Newport Psychoanalytic Institute

Treating Bipolar, Schizophrenic, Psychotic, Borderline, Autistic Spectrum and Characterological Personality Organizations

Lawrence E. Hedges, PhD, PsyD, ABPP

Saturday, January 20, 2018   9 AM – 4 PM
6 hours of continuing education

National University
3390 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Course Description:

All people have pockets of dysfunction originating in early family relationships. Sometimes these pockets are deep and pervasive, but for most people relational dysfunctions are relatively unobservable most of the time. However, as personal relationships deepen or relational stress threatens, these pockets of dysfunction can become quite disruptive so that people seek out a therapist.

Simply intellectualizing about problems or symptoms yields few results. Cognitive, behavioral, and dialectical approaches also fail to address the deep relational difficulties the person is experiencing. What finally takes hold is an actual emotional-relational encounter between the therapist and the client. Such encounters can often be overwhelming or even frightening to therapists.

Pervasive pockets of relational dysfunction often become diagnostically identified as borderline, bipolar, psychotic, autistic spectrum, and characterological personality disorders. But whether pervasive or simply more situational or transient, therapists often feel overwhelmed and dread encountering pockets of relational dysfunction. Dr. Hedges will show that there is no need to dread either deep or shallow pockets of relational disturbance since they all emanate from relatively simple personality organization and can best be addressed through various kinds of relational interventions.

Learning Goals: At the conclusion of the course participants can expect:

  • To be able to identify four different levels of relational development
  • To know how to therapeutically address seven universal relational fears
  • To be able to effectively apply the two relational principles of engagement and disengagement
  • To be able to specify the ways in which borderline, bipolar, psychotic, autistic spectrum and characterological aspects of personality require different kinds of relational interventions
  • To be able to state how verbal, cognitive, behavioral, and dialectical approaches offer only limited help when addressing early relational dysfunctions
  • To know how to engage in emotional-relational interventions
  • To experience more confidence and less dread when encountering shallow as well as deep pockets of relational dysfunction

Registration is required
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Introduction: Relational Listening
10:00-12:00 Organizing/Bipolar/Psychotic Personality Organization
12:00-12:45 Lunch (provided, please see flyer and registration form for options)
12:45-3:15 Borderline and Character Personality Organizations
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:00 Discussion and Evaluation (30 minutes)

Please Note: This event will be videotaped. 

LAWRENCE E. HEDGES, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in Orange, California, specializing in the training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. He is director of the Listening Perspectives Study Center and the founding director of the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Tustin, California where he is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. He has been awarded honorary membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Hedges is author of numerous papers and books including Cross- cultural Encounters: Bridging Worlds of Difference (2013), Listening Perspectives in Psychotherapy (1983 & 2003), Interpreting the Countertransference (1992), Strategic Emotional Involvement (1996), and Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively (2000 & 2007). To learn more about Dr. Hedges and his work, go to www.listeningperspectives.com.

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