OBJECT RELATIONS AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Instructor: Jerome Blackman, M.D. FIPA
Five-week Virtual Live Course
Dates: June 27th – August 1st, 2024 (no class on July 4th)
(7:15pm – 9:55pm EDT, with a 10-min break)

Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5 hours
Continuing Education Information: Pending See details here
Tuition: $450/5-week course/trimester (can be paid in 2 installments)
Registration fee: $25/course (waived for ORI’s candidates in training)
To Register for this training, please complete the Registration form

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to cover the vicissitudes of personality disorders and how to treat them.  After an initial description of ego defects vs. typical defenses used in different levels of personality functioning, the rest of the course will focus on the many ways object relations conflicts contribute to various personality syndromes. A particular focus will be how different defensive operations are used to manage affects associated with object relations difficulties.

This novel approach will integrate elements of modern conflict theory (C. Brenner, S. Abend, M. Willick, J. Blackman) with elements from the object relations theories as proposed Margaret Mahler, and later elaborated by Fred Pine, Salman Akhtar, Lawrence Blum, Otto Kernberg and his group, James Masterson, Harold Blum, and Joseph Lichtenberg (self-psychology).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the many variations personality disorders as they appear in the workplace and in personal relationships;
  • discuss the levels of object relations functioning pertaining to diagnosis;
  • discuss and compare treatment suggestions regarding each type of personality disorders;
  • integrate modern conflict theory, ego psychology, and a variety of ideas from different object relations theories;
  • discuss many personality disorders, which are common, but do not appear in DSM;
  • discuss one’s own patients suffering from personality problems.

COURSE OUTLINE:

The usual structure of personality:

  1. Compromise formation;
    1. Deficits in superego in psychopaths;
    2. Deficits in empathy in narcissists;
    3. Deficits in ego strengths in impulsive people and dreamers;
    4. Preconscious automatisms;
    5. Fixed traits;
    6. 126 Common Pathological Personality Traits.
  2. The need for object relations theory to complete the picture:
    1. Warm-ETHICS;
    2. ETC;
    3. Defenses against closeness;
    4. Defenses against trust;
    5. Defenses against commitment;
    6. Mahler’s concept of self and object constancy in adults (Akhtar, 1994);
    7. Erikson’s concept of identity in adults;
  3. Object relations and obsessive personalities:
    1. Typical construction of obsessions and compulsions;
    2. Types of anxiety and depressive affect;
    3. Controlling defenses:
      1. Mind preoccupations;
      2. Sadism toward coworkers;
      3. Masochism toward loved ones;
    4. Distancing defenses;
    5. Symbols of symbiosis and separation;
    6. Splitting;
  4. Object relations and histrionic personalities (Shapiro, 19__)
    1. Sexualization;
    2. Projection;
    3. Inhibition;
    4. Projective blaming;
    5. Dramatization;
    6. Exhibitionism;
    7. Humor.
  5. Object relations and Shy people:
    1. Differential diagnosis (Blackman, 2024 in press);
    2. Defenses against loss;
    3. Defenses against closeness;
    4. “Moons.”
  6. Object relation and Day-Trippers:
    1. “Comets”;
    2. Get in and get out;
    3. May have excellent social skills;
    4. May be “cute”;
    5. Seductiveness may be part of pictures;
    6. Are capable of love.
  7. Object relations and gold-diggers:
    1. Oral deprivation;
    2. Narcissistic orientation to others;
    3. Sexualization major defense;
    4. May have superego defects;
    5. Demandingness vs. hard to get.
  8. Object relations and the “Casper Milquetoast”:
    1. Passivity and withdrawal major defenses;
    2. May be sexual inadequate;
    3. Conflict stirs wishes to kill – guilt – passivity;
    4. Kills you with kindness.
  9. Object relations and obnoxious people:
    1. Speech is “aggressivized” (Hartmann, Loewenstein, Kris);
    2. Bullies;
    3. Take over the conversation;
    4. Garrulousness as a defense;
    5. Social awkwardness;
    6. May be due to identifications from adolescence.
  10. Object relations and suicide attempts:
    1. After losses;
    2. Self damage;
    3. Selfobject fusion precedes;
    4. Survivors of a loved one’s completed suicide.

SHORT BIO:

Professor Jerome Blackman is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst (certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Board of Psychoanalysis, the Council of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, and the International Psychoanalytic Association). He has been in private practice since 1975 and is currently a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also an IPA Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC.

Dr. Blackman was the 12th Recipient of Akhtar-Brenner Lectureship Award from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 2017 where he lectured on the Expanded Mental Status Assessment. He was an invited lecturer at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine Department of Psychotherapy in 2017, where he lectured on Differential Diagnosis and Redefinition of Masochism.

The Jerome S Blackman, MD [yearly] Lectureship in Psychoanalysis was established in his honor, in 2019, by the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society and Eastern Virginia Medical School. At the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (VA), the Jerome S Blackman MD Teacher of the Year Award was given to 25 different teachers from 1992-2016. He received the Edith Sabshin MD Award for Teaching from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Early in his career, while in child psychoanalytic training at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute, he consulted to many Child Protection Centers. Based on his experiences, in 2016 he co-authored Sexual Aggression against Children:  Pedophiles’ and Abusers’ Development, Dynamics, Treatability, and the Law (Routledge) with Dr. Kathleen Dring. In 2023, they wrote Developmental Evaluation of Children and Adolescents: A Psychodynamic Guide (Routledge).

In 2003, his paper on countertransference was published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He later published several book chapters on topics including stepparenting, porn addiction, the first year of life, laziness, shame, philandering, fear of injury, and the death of the analyst.

He has lectured at many universities in China, as well as psychoanalytic institutes and universities in the U.S. and worldwide.  From 2018-2021, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan. He was a keynote speaker at the 6th and 7th China Psychoanalytic Association Congresses in Shanghai (2019 & 2021) regarding child development and developmental issues in supervision; he received the “High End Foreign Talent” Honor from Shanxi Province in 2018.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
2023 Fall Training at ORI
October 12, 2023 – December 21, 2023
Live Online

Session #1: Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications – Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP (12.5 CE)

Session #2: A Psychodynamic Guide to Understanding the Development of Children, Adolescents, and the Child-Parent Relationships — Dr. Jerome Blackman, M.D., FIPA (14.5 CE)

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.  Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  14.5 (of 27.0) CE hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
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AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.

MA MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 14.5 (of 27.0) CE hours.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 14.5 (of 27.0) CE hours.

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Tuition: $450/5-week course/trimester (can be paid in 2 installments, upon request)
Registration fee: $25/course (waived for ORI’s candidates in training)

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.
To apply for your scholarship, please go to the registration form below.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Full refund until the 1st session.
75% refund before the 2nd session.
50% refund before the 3rd session.
No refund from the day of the third session, but 50% of the full paid tuition will be applied to any further ORI events.

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