Otto Kernberg: Live Case Consultation
by Otto Kernberg
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to sit in on three fascinating consultation sessions with legendary psychoanalyst, Dr. Otto Kernberg. The clarity of his insights, and the direct and practical advice he gives, will certainly dispel many myths about contemporary psychoanalytic practice.

• Amy presents the case of a woman who grew up being severely sexually abused. According to Amy, “She’d be happy if she never had sex for the rest of her life.” Amy wants to be able to better help her client free herself from her victim stance and black/white thinking.
• Steve discusses a client he has been seeing for four months yet still feels like a stranger. Steve wonders why his client’s conflicts with his wife, which led him into therapy in the first place, don’t come up in sessions.
 • Annie describes her work with an isolated, single man who is longing for a fully expressed sexual life, yet is caught in masochistic and fetishistic wishes. Annie has tried to help him with his extreme sexual inhibition yet feels stuck when her convictions clash with the approach of the 12-step group he attends.
By viewing these consultations, you’ll get a keen sense of Kernberg’s mastery of working with extremely challenging patients, as well as his skill as a teacher and consultant. By asking a series of wisely chosen questions, he is able to quickly hone in on key characterological aspects of the patients, as well as the dynamics of the therapist-client interactions, and then offer extremely useful and jargon-free suggestions on how each therapist can proceed in a more effective manner.

What therapists are saying…

"Useful, practical and well-produced, this video features Dr. Kernberg's typically acute insight into understanding and treating challenging patients. It would be helpful to residents and clinical psychologists who are learning to treat the demanding client (such as a traumatized incest survivor), as well as mid-career professionals who are looking for tips on how to conduct group supervision."
-- Jonathan Raffes, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University
"This video of Otto Kernberg supervising three complex cases is instructive and very thought provoking. His supervisory style is very present focused, non-doctrinaire, supportive, and challenging in helpful ways. He dispels the stereotype of psychoanalytic rigidity. He also models exceptional respect for each patient and energetic concern that each achieve as much fulfillment as is possible."

-- Cheryl Yund Goodrich, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University 
In Depth
Dr. Kernberg and his colleagues at the Personality Disorders Institute have done extensive research on diagnosing and treating patients with severe personality disorders for several decades, so he is definitely the expert to turn to when you need support with your most difficult cases. This is a great opportunity to be a “fly on the wall” as he consults with three different therapists who have three different theoretical orientations: client-centered, psychoanalytic, and cognitive-behavioral. This video will be particularly useful for therapists who want to hone their consulting/supervising skills.
By watching this video, you will:
  • Gain an understanding of Kernberg’s unique and effective approach to both case consultation and to working with challenging patients.
  • Learn what questions are essential to ask early on in treatment in order to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Develop skills to more effectively apply an object relations approach to assess, diagnose, and treat people with personality disorders.

Length of video: 2:27:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-235-2

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-236-0

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-236-5

Otto Kernberg, MD is the Director of the Personality Disorder Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sandford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and is the Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has received numerous awards for his excellence in Psychiatry and has authored or coauthored over twenty books.

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