Annual Fall Workshop
David Celani, PhD
How Psychotherapy Promotes Change: A Relational Perspective
Working with Patients who have Experienced Developmental Trauma
Friday, November 4th 2016
Capitol Plaza - 100 State Street, Montpelier VT
This workshop will review Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory with an emphasis on the psychological mechanisms that promote change. Fairbairn’s model emphasizes the consequences of traumatic childhood experiences as the prime source of psychopathology.
Many models are vague regarding what psychological processes actually produce change in patients. Fairbairn’s model gives the therapist clear guidance on how to uncover the extent and intensity of the dissociated sub personalities that interfere with mature integration. The treatment focus will be on uncovering the previously denied, minimized and dissociated early events that led up to the formation of the sub personalities and the ways that the therapist can maximize his/her “introjectibility” as a new “good object”. The therapist’s realistic and caring relationship with the patient becomes internalized over time, and competes with, and eventually displaces, the early structures thus giving rise to a new central ego in the patient.
David Celani, Ph.D. received his degree from the University of Vermont in 1974. He spent 26 years in private practice in South Burlington and Winooski, retiring in 2002. His life work has been to champion the work of W.R.D. Fairbairn as a realistic, useable and powerful clinical model for the practitioner in the treatment process. Dr. Celani is the author of several publications including The Treatment of the Borderline Patient: Applying Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting and Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting.