Psychodynamic Assessment & Diagnosis

Instructor: Andrew Chirchirillo, PhD


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Date: Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 2017

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level:  Intermediate

Fee: $180

Textbook Fee (if purchased from the Institute): $53.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 7.5 Credit Hours

This 5-session course will begin with a comparison of psychoanalytic diagnosis with descriptive DSM – 5 diagnosis, then look at the contributions of drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, self-psychology, and relational psychoanalysis to personality assessment.  We will review neurotic, borderline, and psychotic levels of character structure and learn how to apply one’s understanding of different developmental levels of pathology to treatment planning.  The course will also review primary and secondary defensive processes and the therapeutic implications of the following diagnostic character pathology:  Narcissistic Personalities, Schizoid Personalities, Paranoid Personalities, Depressive and Manic Personalities, Masochistic Personalities.

Note:  The textbook reference will be Psychoanalytic Diagnosis:  Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (Second Edition), by Nancy McWilliams:  Guilford Press, New York, 2011.  You are welcome to use your own copy, or purchase one via Amazon HERE, or purchase a copy from the Institute using our Registration Form.

Objectives:

  • To compare and contrast psychoanalytic diagnosis with descriptive psychiatric diagnosis.
  • To recognize the favored defense mechanisms, levels of identity integration, adequacy of reality testing, and the transference-countertransference constellations for neurotic, borderline, and psychotic levels of character structure.
  • To list the contributions to personality assessment from the four psychologies of psychoanalysis, drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, and self-psychology.
  • To describe the contributions to personality assessment from relational psychoanalysis.
  • To apply your understanding of different developmental levels of pathology to the process of treatment planning.
  • To describe both supportive strategies and uncovering strategies in psychodynamic psychotherapy and be able to recognize which strategies are needed during the therapeutic process.
  • To identify primary and secondary defensive processes in the various levels of character pathology

 

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