Emnet for Summer Seminares er: Projective Methods and psychotherapy.
Lecturers and Presentations
Lily Rothschild Yakar, PhD., Department of psychology, University of Haifa, Israel
Prof. Rothschild Yakar is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at
Haifa University, Israel, a co-chair of the Israeli branch of SPA, and a senior
psychologist teaching and supervising psycho-dynamic oriented psychotherapy
and personality assessment. Prof. Rothschild Yakar authored several publications
in personality assessment, with particular attention to using personality assessment
measures in examining psycho-dynamic concepts.
Therapeutic change in personality dynamics: Coping, distress, relatedness and mentalizing
The presentation will focus on assessing therapeutic change along several constructs of
personality dynamics, using implicit (Rorschach and TAT) and explicit (self-reports) measures.
The discussion will follow theoretical conceptualization of personality dynamics, based on object
relations and mentalization theory, and the meaning of various assessment variables will be
elucidated based on these frameworks. The discussion will also address research data on the
issue of phases in the course of a disorder. The principles of the theory and research will be
demonstrated by two protocols of a female adolescent (late adolescence) with ED, one in the
beginning of treatment and the other at the end of hospitalization.
Barbara L Gamble, MS, LLP, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Clinical Psychotherapist in private practice, Advanced Candidate in Child,
Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalysis at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
Ms. Gamble has masters degrees in Educational Psychology and Clinical
Psychology, and her undergraduate degree is in Psychobiology. Ms. Gamble’s
training, interests, and practice emanate from a developmental perspective,
informed and inspired by raising her three young adult children.
Use of Projective Measures in Assessing Children for Treatment Planning
At a time when many people eschew use of projective measures in psychological assessment, it is
especially important for us as a field to know the history of their use and utility, and to build on
and celebrate the unique contribution they offer in contemporary practice in understanding and
treating children. Projective measures will be discussed within a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic
assessment framework, bringing out the richness and depth of all assessment data when
considered experientially as well as normatively. The uniqueness of child assessment and
treatment will be fleshed out, with the necessity of a developmental framework, and aspects of
working with parents. Finally, the contribution of projective measures to developing a narrative
leading to treatment planning and mutative change, with several examples, will be discussed. All
of these ideas will be illustrated and brought to life with the case of a 10-year-old girl twin and
her family who suffered consequences from a traumatic birth which were then resolved.
Harald Janson, Ph.D, Oslo, Norway
Harald Janson, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a researcher. He holds a
position as a psychologist at an outpatient treatment unit for psychological
trauma at Uddevalla, Västra Götalandregionen, Sweden, and is also
employed as a researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral
Development, Oslo, Norway, in addition to having a private practice. His
clinical work is mainly trauma-focused; he is a certified EMDR Consultant.
He has worked with the Rorschach (Comprehensive System and R-PAS)
How Rorschach findings can assist treatment planning for psychotherapy with respect to
structural dissociation of the personality
Adolescents and adults with a long-standing history of neglect, abuse, and exposure to adverse
life events may present with a complicated clinical picture with symptoms that could fit several
diagnostic categories, including borderline personality disorder, depression, complex trauma,
and dissociative disorders. The theory of structural dissociation of the self (van der Hart,
Nijenhuis, & Steele, 2006) attempts to explain fragmentation of the developing personality in
parts with varying degrees of co-consciousness, ranging from mild (e.g., single split-off
emotional states) to severe (e.g., dissociative identity disorder), following exposure to
overwhelming strain. The degree of structural dissociation of the personality has far-reaching
treatment implications; a prolonged phase-oriented treatment is indicated in the more severe
cases. This presentation identifies specific factors to consider in treatment planning with respect
to structural dissociation of the personality, along with general factors, with their possible
expressions on the Rorschach. The Rorschach assessment of a woman with severe traumatization
and long-standing problems is presented, and participants are invited to identify and reflect
about specific and general findings that may contribute to treatment planning.
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