Me, Myself & I: Working with Narcissism and its Pathological Manifestations: Video Course
Seminar and discussion
Speaker: Dr Gwen Adshead. Discussions hosted by Dr Jan Hepburn
Product: Video Course
CPD Hours: 5
CE Credits: 5
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Narcissism has been described as pleomorphic, a multiheaded hydra with a multiplicity of forms (Gabbard & Crisp, 2018) – narcissistic clients don’t fit neatly into one category or another. While the concept of narcissism has always been of clinical interest, its importance for psychological dysfunction is under new scrutiny. Narcissism as a defence against vulnerability and distress, its linkages with emotional regulation & Attachment security and the neurobiological underpinnings of narcissistic disorders – are all areas of recent findings and research.
Full Course Information
At this practical and intellectually stimulating seminar, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Jan Hepburn highlight and explain how, as therapists, we need to comprehend the spectrum of narcissism – from adaptive to malignant. We need to understand how the conceptual framework for narcissism has evolved, together with the clinical manifestations of narcissism (and its disorders) – so as to able to work therapeutically with its more sadistic and psychopathological expressions.
Using illustrative case vignettes and discussions, the workshop explains theories of narcissistic disorders, showing that there is actually a spectrum of psychological dysfunction. Key discussion themes for the seminar include:
- The ever-shifting representations of narcissism – when the same behaviour may be considered developmentally natural in one setting but pathological in another
- The roots of narcissistic disorders and the symptomatology for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Narcissism as a defence mechanism – how the client faces up to vulnerability and / or distress
- Countertransference issues with narcissistic clients – from the client who looks-down on the therapist to the one who intensely scrutinises the therapist’s actions
- Ideas about healthy and pathological narcissism and how these are evolving today
- Clinical manifestations of narcissism and behaviours associated with narcissistic disorders
- Indicated treatments for these disorders and their problems