Death, Dying & Grief in Psychotherapy: Hospital Consultation with Medically Ill Patients
by Milton Viederman
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Part of the 2-video series: Death, Dying & Grief in Psychotherapy
In the second volume of Death, Dying and Grief in Psychotherapy, Viederman continues his exploration of the application of psychoanalytic principles to brief therapy. While many of us feel comfortable meeting clients on our own turf, we are often less certain how to navigate the therapeutic relationship in a hospital setting with visibly ill patients. Working quickly to assess the conscious and unconscious coping mechanisms that affect the patient's experience of illness and treatment, Viederman's main objective is to create a supportive relationship and relieve patient distress. Interspersed with illuminating commentary, Viederman skillfully demonstrates when to probe defensive structures and when to leave them alone so as not to increase the patient's anxiety.

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CE Test
By watching this video, you will be able to:
  • Describe the specific techniques used in Viederman's approach to brief psychodynamic treatment.
  • Identify the basic principles of Viederman's approach to working with people who are dealing with the sickness and death of a loved one.
  • Explain how a clinician employing Viederman's approach would conduct an initial interview with someone dealing with death, dying, and grief.

Length of video: 01:44:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-222-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-223-9

Dr. Milton Viederman is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and until recently directed the Consultation-Liaison Service at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Among the institutions at which Dr. Viederman has lectured are Oxford University, Harvard University, Duke University Medical School, University of Chicago, and UCLA School of Medicine. His honors include four Outstanding Teacher Awards at Cornell and two at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research, the Ruth Easer Memorial Lecture at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, the Robert Liebert Award in Applied Psychoanalysis, the Dr. Nathan Seidel Lecture on the Art of Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston among others.

A psychodynamic perspective and an interest in the narrative structure of people's lives formed his Consultation-Liaison experience. Many of his publications address therapeutic change in the psychoanalytic situation and therapeutic possibilities during consultation. His recent publications include: George Seurat: A Life Divided, Active Engagement During the Consultation Process, Presence and Enactment in the process of Psychotherapeutic Change, The Uses of the Past and the Actualization of a Family Romance, Metaphor and Meaning in Conversion Disorder, The Therapeutic Consultation: Finding the Patient, and A Model for Interpretative Supportive Dynamic Psychotherapy.

CE credits: 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the specific techniques and principles used in Viederman’s approach to psychologically engaging medically ill and dying patients.
  • Identify the goals, according to Viederman, of a hospital consultation with medically ill patients.
  • Explain how a clinician employing Viederman’s approach would tailor his or her interventions to each unique patient.
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