The Masterson Approach Forums Announcements Cape Town Course 2018

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      The Masterson Institute of South Africa is presenting a short course in Cape Town titled:

      Introduction to Psychoanalytic Therapy of the Borderline Disorder of the Self: The Masterson Approach.”

      The aim of this course on the work of Dr. James F. Masterson, M.D is to introduce Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Psychiatrists to an effective therapeutic approach to treating the unique, even explosive, world of the pre-oedipal patient. The suffering that goes hand in hand with the split object relations world of the Borderline Disorder of the Self poses a familiar challenge to those engaged in the helping professions. James Masterson brings a unique perspective to the treatment of the Borderline Disorder of the Self — an orientation he calls a Developmental, Self and Object Relations Approach. The course will provide the theoretical background and demonstrate the technical application of Dr. Masterson’s model. Students will receive a well thought-through curriculum that exposes them to Masterson’s work. This theoretical understanding will form the foundation from which therapeutic technique will be taught.

      This course will aim to show, through clinical thinking and teaching, the importance of concepts such as:
      ” Developmental and attachment theory of importance to the Borderline Disorder of the Self, such as separation/ individuation, traumatic attachment, abuse, etc.
      ” Therapeutic confrontation of the maladaptive defences (resistances that operate in service of the False Self).
      ” Activation of the Real Self through the correct therapeutic interventions.
      ” Transference acting-out and Countertransference acting-out.
      ” The experience of Abandonment Depression and the pathological defences used to avoid it.
      ” The Borderline intra-psychic structure as represented by split object relation units formulated on feelings drawn from self-experience. That is, the rewarding unit based on the libidinal part of the split and the withdrawing unit based on the anti-libidinal part.

      The student will learn the clinical importance of tracking the triad – a dynamic pattern summarised as: “self-activation leads to abandonment depression, leads to defence.”

      Please visit the course information page.

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