Fragile Selves: Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of MindWith Module Speakers:
Susanna Abse, Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr David Celani, Dr Diana Diamond, Dr Jay Greenberg, Jason Hepple, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Frank Lachmann, Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Clara Mucci, Jack Nathan, Jenny Riddell, Dr Allan Schore, Ruthie Smith, Neville Symington, Marcus West, ,
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This package of resources provides 19 hours of CPD on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with people who have received a diagnosis of a Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, or those who express personality traits often associated with those definitions such as difficulty regulating extreme affective states in relationships and of maintaining a stable, realistic view of the self and other. It combines a rich archive of:Read More...
- Video lectures and presentations
- Clinical role-play videos
- Interviews and discussions
- A comprehensive study guide
- Research resources
- Therapeutic skills
The experienced clinicians featured in this module have integrated the latest research on trauma, neurobiology, attachment and object relations into their therapeutic work.
Narcissism is one of psychotherapy’s core concepts and the treatment of its pathological presentation has been a major focus of much research and theorising. These ostensible personality disorders are now understood to be the product of early emotional trauma, disturbed attachment relationships and, in some, early developmental arrest of the right brain. The various and distinct symptoms of both presentations are now generally thought to be the psyche’s attempt to defend against and regulate the overwhelming embodied affects of rage and shame. The differences between NPD and BPD are here considered.
Along with Borderline Personality Disorder, treating pathological narcissism has traditionally been seen as difficult and unrewarding therapeutic work. Experimenting beyond the usual analytic and cognitive approaches has proved very effective in forming, maintaining and protecting the therapeutic alliance with these fragile patients as well as fostering their capacity for resilience and empathy. A range of contemporary therapeutic approaches and the most recent theoretical analysis is offered.