Neglect and the Problems of Deficits: when therapy gets stalled By Dr Anne Alvarez

At this practical seminar that would be relevant for psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Alvarez uses the Internal Object and the Problem of Deficits to focus our attention on techniques that can potentially solve therapeutic impasse. She uses a vivid case vignette as an illustrative example to highlight how the effect of neglect or self-neglect is different from that of trauma. She helps us comprehend:

  • Self-involved states: how do we get through?
  • Internal object representations in such cases and how these can be our guide to therapeutic progress
  • The technicalities of fostering development in light of the sense of agency
  • Interpretations of the interestingness of internal objects
  • Deficits and the issues of meaning and value
  • When is a defensive strategy replaced by a sense of despair? How do we work with that?
  • How do we distinguish between a passivity born out of lack of curiosity and lack of hope?
  • Therapist responses in face of passivity
  • The emergence of complex and nuanced narratives over the course of therapy

 The workshop links these understandings with case vignettes, thus illustrating the practical implications of our theoretical discussions. 

Spaces will be limited for this workshop and early application is advised in order to avoid disappointment.                                                                                                    

Biographical Details

Anne Alvarez is an internationally renowned child and adolescent psychotherapist and author. her latest book, The Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children was published in April 2012 by Routledge. Anne  is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, retired Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Department, Tavistock Clinic, London and an honorary member of the Psychoanalytic Centre of California. She is author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children and has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002. She was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in November 2005.

*9.45 Registration for a 10.00 start

3 hours continuing professional development (CPD)

Event Properties

Start: 23/06/2018 10:00
End: 23/06/2018 13:00
Price £48.00
Location Jurys Inn Brighton
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