Developmental and Family Issues in Severe Personality Disorders: An Overview


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Instructor: Abstract:

Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Senior Consultant, Erikson Institute for Education and ResearchThis lecture offers a developmental and contextual view of severe personality disorders. Focusing on the patient's presentation, underlying defenses and countertransference, Dr. Shapiro uses these as entry points into understanding the origins of personality disorders in childhood, and in the interaction between the developing child and the family. With specific examples, he outlines projective identification, object relations theory, the nature of containment and a sequence of treatment options.

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Learning Objectives

To explain the links between characteristic transference/countertransference patterns and the developmental origins of severe personality disorders.
To explain selective inattention, pathological certainty and complementary interpersonal defenses as aspects of projective identification.
To identify the stages of object relations so as to more accurately assess the developmental impasse.
To demonstrate the ability to assess the spectrum of treatment required, including the environmental resources needed for each treatment.

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