3-day Intensive Course on Personality Disorders

Parma (Italy), April 14-16, 1997

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The video is from the 3-day intensive course on "Personality and Personality Disorders" held by John F. Clarkin at the University of Parma (Italy) on April 14-15-16, 1997. The course was organized under the auspices of the Italian Psychiatric Association (SIP) and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). John Clarkin is one of the closest collaborators of Otto F. Kernberg, and co-director (with Otto Kernberg) of the Personality Disorder Institute at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Nw York. This Video (6 parts, 17 hours) is especially useful for the training of mental health professionals (psychotherapy schools, psychiatry residency programs, psychology departments, mental health centers, etc.). It can be used individually or in groups, during several sessions, and the tape can be interrupted at any time to allow the discussion among the participants. Dr. Clarkin, who has very good teaching skills, speaks clearly in English, and is translated into Italian by Dr. Paolo Migone quasi-simultaneously (every 3-4 words), very fast so that there are no interruptions (both languages are heard, English better than Italian).

Contents of the videotape:

- Main problems of description, etiology, course, therapy and classification of "traits" and "disorders" of personality

- Indicators of "disorder" and main theories: cognitive-behavioral (e.g., Beck and Linehan), interpersonal (e.g., Benjamin's SASB), psychodynamic (e.g., Kernberg), neurobiological (e.g., Cloninger)

- Current research methodologies and main advantages and disadvantages of each

- Detailed description of Kernberg's psychodynamic therapy for borderline patients (called "transference focused psychotherapy", TFP) , with clinical examples of the "structural interview" and of the therapeutic contract technique. It is possible to see how the establishment of a therapeutic contract can change patients' tendency to "manipulate" the relationship and decrease suicidal attempts or self-destructive behaviors (since the therapist clarifies what exactly s/he will or will not do, and what are the patient's responsibilities, the contract immediately modifies the patient's previous relational patterns)

- Kernberg's approach is compared with Lineman's Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that yields good results in female suicidal patients

For further informations in Italian (course program, bibliography, a review, etc.), see web pages
For a discussion of some aspects of Kernberg's technique, in Italian, see web pages
For an overview, in Italian, of the historical and psychodynamic aspects of the "borderline" concept, see web pages

Other videos:

John F. Clarkin, "Personality and personality disorders" (1997) (6 videos, 17 hours)

Joel Becker, "Anxiety Disorders: Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapeutic techniques" (2000) (2 videos, 5 hours)

Joel Becker & Gabriele Melli, "Recent advances in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" (2003) (1 video, 3 hours)

Robert R. Holt & Morris N. Eagle, "The scientific status of psychoanalysis" (2000) (1 video, 2.5 hours)

Robert R. Holt, Philip S. Holzman, Roy Schafer, Herbert J. Schlesinger, Fred Schwartz, Peter H. Wolff et al., "40th Anniversary of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group: Reflections on David Rapaport" (2003) (1 video, 2 hours, in English)

Adolf Grünbaum et al., "Questions and answers on psychoanalysis and philosophy" (1998) (2 videos, audio only with images)

Robert R. Holt, "A History of the Research Center for Mental Health, New York University (NYU)" (2006) (1 video, in English)

YouTube channel of the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane

For further informations, contact:
Paolo Migone, M.D.
Via Palestro, 14
43123 Parma, Italy
Tel. +(39) 0521-960595
E-Mail <>