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The Psychotherapy Curriculum

Critical Issues in Psychotherapy, Volume 1


Program Description

This program presents a variety pack of interviews with experts on critical issues in psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives

This program provides clinicians with the opportunity to:

Recognize the legal repercussions of any personal involvement with patients and/or their families.

Understand boundary issues, countertranference, and the use of consultation.

Gain a basic understanding of regression in psychotherapy and the meaning of iatrogenic errors, or errors in the therapist’s empathy, which cause the patient to regress.

Recognize countertransference issues as they relate to third party payments.

Recognize the key criteria for assessing the violent patient’s potential for violence.

Gain awareness of the use of medication with violent patients.

Recognize the importance of theory and how to evaluate the same clinical situation from a number of theoretical models.

Appreciate how to write reports for managed care, using behavioral language and differential diagnostic thinking.

Learn how to work with families of dying patients, how to work with denial, and how to decide if and when to push people to talk.

Learn about research with patients whose life partners have died of AIDS, the complex mourning that ensues, and how to treat it.

Learn a quick way to assess alcoholism.

Gain a basic understanding of narrative theory and its relevance in treating addictions.

Learn about the treatment of gamblers from a self psychological point of view.

Recognize the pros and cons of codependency.

Appreciate the difference between a pathological point of view about addictions and a focus on resilience in the patient, rather than on damage and pathology.

Understand the trend and demands for “quality” in psychotherapeutic practice.

Gain an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of Dissociative and Multiple Personality Disorders.

Interviews

AIDS Partners and Loss - Dennis Shelby, Ph.D.

Dennis Shelby, PhD, BCD, is the author of If a Partner Has AIDS: A Guide to Clinical Intervention. He discusses his research with patients whose life partners have died of AIDS, the complex mourning that ensues, and how to treat it.

Alcoholism Assessment - Robert Taylor, M.S.W.

Father Bob Taylor presents a quick way to think about assessing alcoholism.

An Overview to Multiple Personality Disorders - James Bloch, Ph.D.

This interview begins a series of seven interviews with experts on the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative and multiple personality disorders. Dr. Bloch, author of a basic introductory text on Multiple Personality Disorders (now referred to as dissociative disorders), provides an overview on the topic, beginning with the early work of Freud and Breuer. He tells us the great majority of patients with MPD were victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Assessing Multiple Personality Disorders - Colin Ross, M.D.

Continuing the series of interviews on Multiple Personality Disorders, Dr. Colin Ross, author of Multiple Personality Disorders, discusses the diagnosis of MPD. He focuses particularly on the differential meaning of auditory hallucinations in psychotic patients vs. patients with multiple personality disorders.

Assessing the Dangerous Patient - Hillel Bodek, M.S.W.

Hillel Bodek, a forensic clinical social worker, gives his framework for assessing the violent patient and the potential for violence. A key criterion is violence in childhood.

Codependency - Nancy Smith, M.S.W.

Nancy Smith defines and examines the development of codependence in families, as well as the need for people to redefine the identities lost in childhood.

Dealing with Death in Families - Froma Walsh, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Froma Walsh, author of Living Beyond Loss, discusses her work with families of dying patients, how to work with denial, and how to decide if and when to push people to talk.

Duty to Warn - Ellen Leupker, M.S.W.

Ellen Leupker reports on her interviews with psychiatrists at the Menninger Clinic and the Secret Service.

Ego Strengthening in MPD - Moshe Torem, M.D.

Dr. Moshe Torem presents his methods for ego-strengthening in individuals diagnosed with MPD and describes how he handles the stress of listening to the painful stories and emotions his patients describe.

Every Therapist Has a Theory - Joe Palombo, M.A.

Joe Palombo, Founder and former Dean of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, discusses the role of theory for the practicing psychotherapist. He states some theories are incompatible, and one really cannot be eclectic.

Integrating Theories - David Phillips, D.S.W.

Dr. David Phillips discusses how to differentially evaluate the same clinical situation from a number of theoretical models. He believes work with difficult patients calls for greater flexibility.

Managed Care Protocols - Monica Oss, Ph.D.

Monica Oss, editor of Open Minds, a managed care newsletter, discusses managed care protocols, which are the decision trees used by managed care companies to pay or deny claims.

Medication and Aggression - Mohammed Alam, M.D.

Dr. Mohammed Alam discusses the use of medication with violent patients and points out the most dangerous patient in the therapy setting is the manic patient.

Memory and MPD - George Ganaway, M.D.

Dr. George Ganaway is Program Director of the Dissociative Disorders Program at the Ridgeview Center in Smyrna, Georgia, and a consultant to the TV show “LA Law.” He discusses false memory syndrome in MPD and how to assess the memories that patients report.

MPD and Systems - Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwartz discusses his work with MPDs using a systems method in which all the various "multiples" are viewed as part of the same system like a family.

MPD in Children - Nancy Hornstein, M.D.

Dr. Nancy Hornstein discusses the diagnosis and treatment of children with MPD and the use of hospitalization.

Narrative Theory and A.A. - Carolyn Saari, Ph.D.

Dr. Carolyn Saari is the author of The Creation of Meaning in Clinical Social Work, the former editor of the Clinical Social Work Journal, and former Director of the Loyola University School of Social Work's Doctoral Program. She discusses narrative theory and its particular relevance in treating addictions.

Patient/Therapist Relations - Sandra Nye, J.D., M.S.W.

Sandra Nye, JD, MSW discusses the legal repercussions of any personal involvement with patients and/or their families, as well as why we can never have sexual relationships with our patients.

Regression in Psychotherapy - Crayton Rowe, MSW, BCD

Crayton Rowe, author of Empathic Attunement and the Technique of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, continues a discussion of regression in psychotherapy and the meaning of iatrogenic errors, or errors in the therapist’s empathy that cause the patient to regress.

Resilience - Steven Wolin, M.D.

Dr. Wolin discusses “The Challenge Model,” which focuses on strengths honed in childhood under adverse childhood circumstances. This emphasis provides an alternative to the “damage-pathology” bias, which currently pervades the research and clinical establishments in psychology and psychiatry fields.

Response - Nancy Smith, M.S.W.

Ms. Smith explains the focus of treatment or intervention with adult children of alcoholics and codependents is not on their functioning. Rather, it’s on their feelings and how they deal with such areas as trust, control, fear, their own needs and wants, and all of the ingredients that go into establishing and maintaining an intimate relationship.

The DSM in Managed Care Reporting - Carvel Taylor, M.S.W.

Carvel Taylor discusses how to write reports for managed care, using behavioral language and differential diagnostic thinking.

The Maintenance of Therapeutic Boundaries - Mark Smaller, PhD WEBSITE

Dr. Smaller discusses boundary issues, countertransference, and the use of consultation.

Therapist's Life Cycle - Arnold Levin, Ph.D.

Dr. Arnold Levin, Founder and former President of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, discusses how providing psychotherapy changes over the course of the therapist’s lifetime.

Transference/Countertransference in Managed Care - Sidney Grossberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Grossberg explains how to recognize countertransference issues as they relate to third party payments.

Treatment of Gamblers - Mary Rich, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Rich discusses the treatment of gamblers from a self psychological point of view.

Treatment of MPD - Richard Loewenstein, M.D.

Dr. Loewenstein, Director of the Dissociative Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, discusses his approach to the treatment of MPDs. Many case examples are used.

‘Quality’ in Managed Care - Gary Unruh, MSW

Gary Unruh, a managed care expert, discusses the trend and demands for “quality” in psychotherapeutic practice.

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