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Effective Treatment of Borderline & Narcissistic Personality Disorders

  • Sat, October 28, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Rancho Cordova, California 95670
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SVC CAMFT is proud to be hosting our first in person workshop!


Presented by Dr. Scott Brandt, PhD, LPC

6 CE credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

Breakfast and lunch will be served.
This event is in person only; no recording and no online option.

Course Description

The seminar is designed for licensed clinicians to enhance therapeutic effectiveness through increased knowledge of the basis for intervention as well as expanded knowledge and practice with particular forms of intervention required at various levels and stages of the therapeutic process.  The didactic material is adapted primarily from the theoretical domains of Attachment Theory, Object Relations Theory and Self- Psychology; the work of Masterson, Mahler, Kernberg, Kohut and Reich. 

The material presented is aimed at:

  • A more thorough and comprehensive understanding of each particular character structure in terms of intrapsychic structure as it is reflected interpersonally in the patient’s life and in the transference in the treatment.
  • A practical model of intervention strategies based upon a blending of the approaches of primarily Masterson, Kernberg and Kohut, in terms of confrontation and interpretation skills.

It will be shown how intrapsychic structure, “false self” defensive manifestations, the nature of specific and ongoing early trauma and ego strength determines the criteria for selection of either an empathic mirroring interpretive approach (from Kohut),  or a confrontational approach from Masterson for optimizing access to the individual’s structure toward deep structural change.

Educational Goals

Teach the ability to differentially diagnose and treat Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders and their subtypes.

Learning Objectives

at the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine whether a client is a “distancing” vs. “clinging” borderline.
  2. Understand when to utilize “confrontation” vs. “interpretation” with the borderline client.
  3. Construct a “dichotomous” Interpretation and/or confrontation.
  4. Construct and deliver empathic, affective mirroring interpretations.
  5. Identify the 3 major subtypes of Narcissistic Personality Disorders.
  6. Understand how the Narcissistic Personality Disorder hides behind a “false self” and how to create a “holding environment” wherein the “real self” can emerge.

About the Presenter

Scott D. Brandt, Ph.D., has practiced psychotherapy for the past 40 years.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Brandt's practice consists of brief and intensive results-oriented therapy with exclusively personality disordered adult individuals and couples representing over 110,000 hours of direct service. He has taught graduate courses at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Professional School of Psychology. In 1998, Dr. Brandt established Scott Brandt Seminars, offering continuing education courses on the treatment of personality disorders.  He conducts an ongoing monthly Case Conference Seminar.

Course Outline

I.     Understanding the Formation of Character Pathology
        A.    Trauma vs. Developmental Arrest - Important Contributions of Object Relations Theory and Self-Psychology.
        B.    On the Development of a Self in Relationship to an Object
        C.    3 Major Defenses – among many
        D.    Abandonment Depression
        E.    Summary 

II.     Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders - General Guidelines
        A.     Forming a Developmentally Based Diagnosis
        B.     Importance of the Therapeutic Frame
        C.     Importance of the “Holding Environment”
        D.     The Therapeutic Alliance - Supporting the Real Self
        E.     Role of Medication

III.    Long Term vs. Brief Psychotherapy with Personality Disorders
        A.    Factors in Therapeutic Goal Setting
        B.    3 Options in Setting Up The Treatment

IV.    The Borderline Personality Disorder - Diagnosis and Treatment   
        A.    Self-Object Representations (from Masterson)          
        B.    Two Main Sub-Classifications of Borderlines
        C.    Core Motivational Factor
        D.    Developmental Dilemma     
        E.    Family Dynamics
        F.    Transference Issues
        G.    Countertransference Issues
        H.    Therapeutic Interventions
        I.    Defensive Depression vs. Abandonment Depression

V.    Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Diagnosis and Treatment
        A.    Self-Object Representations (From Masterson)
        B.    Three Main Sub-Classifications of Narcissists
        C.    Core Motivational Factors in Relationship
        D.    Developmental Dilemma
        E.    Family Dynamics
        F.    Narcissistic Self-absorption, Rage (anger), Disappointment, Criticality and  Judgementalness
        G.    Transference Issues
        H.    Countertransference Issues
        I.     Therapeutic Interventions

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education law and ethics credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT), provider #62279, is approved by CAMFT to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content.

CE credit will be awarded via email after the completion of the course in exchange for a course evaluation. No CE credits will be awarded to persons not attending the presentation in it's entirety. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre-licensees.


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