Depression can be understood as a defensive state of being that doesn't allow our patients to thrive. Rather, our patients suffer chronically, often over periods of many years. As therapists we need to understand the psychodynamic patterns responsible for their mental and emotional suffering in order to achieve a case formulation and treatment alliance. Topics, such as a patient's goals and hopes, as well as her understanding of the psychotherapeutic task, contribute to the development of a productive treatment alliance and psychotherapeutic collaboration.
Dr. Rosen-Bernays will illustrate the elements of a conscious treatment alliance via videotaped vignettes of a beginning psychotherapy process with a patient in her forties. A wife and mother of two boys, the patient had experienced depression chronically for many years. In particular, Dr. Rosen-Bernays will highlight the dynamic forces that keep the patient in a depressed state, in addition to discussing her own reactions and her interventions in the face of these dynamics. Dr. Rosen-Bernays will discuss the importance of differentiating the patient from her defensive strategies so as to begin to help her develop a healthy relationship with herself and others.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:
Identify the psychodynamic factors associated with a patient's depression.
Explain factors associated with a conscious treatment alliance and their importance for the psychotherapy.
Discuss interventions associated with a conscious and unconscious treatment alliance.
About the Speaker:
Esther Rosen-Bernays is a clinical psychologist currently on the faculty of the ISTDP at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Her doctorate is from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she minored in Special Education. Her dissertation concerned treatment of the deaf, and she has done an externship at Gallaudet University Counseling Center. She was counselor at the Zurich School for the Deaf in the 1980's.Dr. Rosen-Bernays attended seminars in psychoanalysis at the Freud Institute in Zurich. She has post-graduate training at the Washington School of Psychiatry in several areas including group psychotherapy and EMDR. She provides individual and group supervision at the Washington School of Psychiatry where she has been teaching short-term dynamic therapy since 2012. She has chaired this program for a number of years.Dr. Rosen-Bernays is in private practice in Rockville, MD
Who should attend? Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors) and persons with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and application. The instructional level of this activity is advanced.
CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive late, or depart early. Credit will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session. It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits. This program is being co-sponsored by The Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS). The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies is recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education activities.
To register, please visit our website, www.BSPSmaryland.org, and fill out our online registration form.
Make checks payable to “BSPS” and mail to: BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910.
Program fees are non-refundable.
Important Disclosure Information None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. While clinical material is heavily disguised, any participant that can identify the patient should immediately recuse him/herself.