Affect Confusion, Cumulative Trauma and Attachment Disruptions: Psychotherapy for Borderline Disorders: Video Course
A 2-Day Training Workshop on Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy
Speaker: Dr Richard G. Erskine
Product: Video Course
CPD Hours: 8
Video course packs, including all notes are sent by an email link. Online video access remains available for 60 days from the date you receive the video course.
For many psychotherapists, borderline clients present a professional challenge because of their frequent relational conflicts, varying developmental levels of transference, and their polarization of emotions, such as: idealization and hate, elation and despair, anger and dependency.
This two-day course will provide diagnostic perspectives on Attachment Disruptions, an understanding of the aetiology of Early Affect-Confusion and the formation of the Borderline Personality, the therapeutic use of treatment contracts, the significant of an attuned therapeutic relationship, and working knowledge of when and how to use behavioural interventions and/or supportive age regression.
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At this unique and practical training workshop, Dr Richard Erskine draws on an integrative therapeutic and relational approach and specifically draws our attention to clients whose narrative is characterized by affect confusion and attachment disruptions – where the narrative alternates between blaming others and self-criticism, where the client seeks justification for felt rage and harbours explicit confusions about how others treat him/her.
In a relationship-oriented psychotherapy, the therapist’s self is focused on assisting the client’s process of developing and integrating full contact and the fulfillment of relational needs. Of particular importance is the process of attunement, not just to thoughts, feelings, behaviors and physical sensations, but also to vitality affects, such that an experience of unbroken feeling-connectedness is created.
Through lecture, case-vignettes, videos, therapy demonstrations and clinical discussions, the workshop helps us examine and identify reparative action for potentially unmet relational needs, which can include:
- Validation and affirmation within a relationship
- Acceptance by a stable, dependable and protective other person
- Confirmation of personal experience
- Impacting the other person
Specifically, we consider the interpersonal needs which may often have been absent in our client’s significant relationships: for the other to be patient, calm, consistent, dependable and validating; and how the therapist can provide opportunities for the client’s self-definition and agency. We consider the unique, professional challenges that we face in such situations, when the client presents with apparent relational conflicts, varying developmental levels of transference and polarization of emotions.
Keeping in mind the therapeutic challenges we face as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Richard focuses on the centrality of an involved therapeutic relationship while emphasizing the in-depth methods of a psychotherapy that integrates the client’s affect, cognition, physiology and behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on:
- diagnostic perspectives on Attachment Disruptions
- an understanding of the aetiology of early Affect-Confusion and the formation of the Borderline Personality
- the therapeutic use of treatment contracts
- the significance of an attuned therapeutic relationship, and
- a working knowledge of when and how to use behavioural interventions and/or supportive regressions
Overall, the workshop equips us with practical methods that are effective in psychotherapy, including:
- methods of transference resolution and countertransference identification,
- the bifurcation of therapeutically relevant challenges,
- calibrating for juxtaposition reactions,
- responding to oscillating relational-needs, and
- the importance of a sustained phenomenological inquiry and affect attunement