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The Psychotherapy Curriculum

Critical Issues in Psychotherapy, Volume 7

Program Description

The overall theme of this volume is the treatment of difficult patients and patients in very difficult situations.

Learning Objectives

This program provides clinicians with the opportunity to:

Gain an understanding of new concepts in treatment of severe disorders of the self.

Learn about work with the elderly.

Understand the narrative approach to work with those who are grieving.

Understand treatment of depression from a biological point of view.

Learn about how the newest medications for depression work in the brain.

Be able to recognize and assess suicide potential.

Understand why our culture is so toxic to the young in terms of violence.


Biologically Informed Treatment of Depression - Stephen Schuchter, M.D.

Dr. Shuchter presents his model for the treatment of depression and the latest group of medications for depression.

Children Who Kill - James Garborino, Ph.D.

Dr. Garbarino, author of Lost Boys, discusses the reasons for the emergence of aggressive behavior in children. He discusses why our society is toxic and gives suggestions for making an adolescent intervention program effective.

Disorders of the Self - Karla Clark, Ph.D.

Dr. Karla Clark presents her model of conceptualization and treatment of the borderline personality disorder, as well as individuals with attachment disorders.

DSM IV and Personality Disorders - Theodore Millon, Ph.D.

Dr. Millon, who was one of the developers of DSM IV, discusses how the definition of "personality disorders" differs from that in DSM III. He elaborates on the eleven personality disorders described in DSM IV and presents the often subtle differential diagnostic issues between them.

Manipulative Suicide Threats - Robert Yufit, Ph.D.

Suicide and death pose significant challenges for loved ones and survivors. Assessing suicide talk is one of the most anxiety-ridden tasks of psychotherapy because we can't afford to be wrong. Plus, the bereaved's intense grief can be overwhelming to their loved ones and even the therapist.

Parent Loss in Adolescence - Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Neimeyer presents his conceptualization of grief and loss from a narrative-constructivist point of view. He suggests the problem with using "stage" theories of grief is they distort the human experience of grieving.

Treatment of the Elderly - Bob G. Knight, Ph.D.

Dr. Knight discusses methods of assessing older adults, how to complete a therapeutic life review, and how treatment of the older adult differs from that of younger adults.

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