The Psychotherapy Curriculum
Critical Issues in Psychotherapy, Volume 4
Hear a variety of interviews focusing on the topic of relationships.
This program provides clinicians with the opportunity to:
Gain a new understanding for treating a variety of relationships from a number of theoretical perspectives.
Learn about the history and major ideas of British object relations theory.
Learn the meanings of internalization and projective identification.
Learn about the treatment implications of object relations theories, as well as how and why these ideas are so helpful in treating seriously disturbed patients.
Understand why a couple is a system of conscious and unconscious intrapsychic object relationships, as well as how that shapes couple’s therapy.
Learn four patterns of infidelity, how to limit the damage affairs do, and how to heal a relationship that has been hurt by infidelity.
Gain a clear and sensible approach to doing ethical and professional custody evaluations.
Learn what “standard of care” means.
Learn how much of adopted children’s problems should be attributed to family dynamics, normal development, and purely adoption factors.
Begin to be able to assess and treat grief and loss in childhood.
Learn to assess and prevent suicide in adolescents.
Learn to assess and identify early signs of suicide in the elderly.
Gain a basic understanding of disaster mental health work.
Learn how Critical Incident Stress Debriefing decreases the potential effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in emergency workers exposed to on-the-job traumas.
Adolescent Suicide - Rick Ostrander, Ed.D.
Any therapist involved in direct patient care has a 1 in 5 chance of losing a patient to suicide during the course of his or her professional career. Psychotherapists who study suicidal behavior in young people have uncovered many clues that can help mental health professionals take appropriate action to prevent a suicide. Dr. Ostrander discusses how to assess and prevent suicide in adolescents.
Adoption - Miriam Reitz, Ph.D.
Research indicates adopted children are more likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems than their non-adopted peers. Dr. Miriam Reitz, author of Adoption and the Family System, discusses how much of the problem should be attributed to family dynamics, normal development, and purely adoption factors.
Annihilation Anxiety - Frank Summers, Ph.D. website
Dr. Frank Summers, author of Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text, discusses the treatment implications of these theories, as well as how and why these ideas are so helpful in treating seriously disturbed patients. Many case examples are included.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefings - Jeffrey Mitchell, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell is the author of Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. He presents an overview of this important method of decreasing the potential effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in emergency workers exposed to on-the-job traumas.
Custody Evaluation - Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D.
No one suffers more or has more to lose from a divorce than the children involved. Awarding custody is a crucial issue in helping to minimize the potential damage to these young people. Psychotherapists are increasingly being called upon to render opinions in custody controversies. Dr. Galatzer-Levy provides a clear and sensible approach to doing ethical and professional custody evaluations.
Disaster Mental Health - John Weaver, A.C.S.W.
Author of Disasters: Mental Health Interventions, John Weaver discusses disaster mental health work with many examples from actual disasters.
Elderly Suicide - Nancy Osgood, Ph.D.
In this interview, we look at current knowledge about suicidal behavior in the elderly and translate this knowledge nto practical treatment considerations.
Infidelity - Frank Pittman, M.D.
Most therapists view affairs as expressive of troubled relationships. Quite to the contrary, Dr. Frank Pittman, author of Private Lies, views affairs as indications of a character flaw in the person to whom he refers as the "infidel." He will discuss four patterns of infidelity, each of which must be approached differently. He also has strong words of admonition for therapists about secrecy and honesty, how to limit the damage affairs do, and how to heal a relationship that has been hurt by infidelity.
Internalization and Projective Identification - Morris Eagle, Ph.D.
Author of Recent Developments in Psychoanalysis, Dr. Morris Eagle explains the meaning of internalization and projective identification, as well as how these processes appear and are understood in treatment.
Object-Relations Focused Marital Treatment - David Scharff, M.D., Jill Scharff M.D.
All the object relations theorists share the fundamental premise that attachment is centrally motivated by the need to be in relationships, and therefore, personality forms in a relational context. A couple is not simply a pair of individuals. According to Drs. Jill and David Scharff, co-authors of Object Relations Couples Therapy, a couple is a system of conscious and unconscious intrapsychic object relationships, which are experienced in the interpersonal area. The Scharffs, who are married to each other, discuss object relations theory as it applies to couples.
Patient Abandonment - David Phillips, D.S.W.
Must the therapist continue to provide treatment once managed care funding runs out? What is our duty to the patient, and what is our duty to ourselves? Dr. David Phillips explains “standard of care” and what the standard is in this situation.
“Interviews were clear, concise, to the point – an enjoyable way to learn.”
... Joe F.