This event is co-sponsored by Austin Psychoanalytic and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.

January 23, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (with one hour lunch break) Central time



Members $150

Non-Members $180

Early Career Professionals (within 5 years of graduation) / Students / Retired $75

5.0 CE/CME

Instructional Level: Advanced

Abstract: Dr. Kernberg will present the common elements of technique and differences in their application, relevance for psychoanalysis of new technical developments of Transference Focused Psychotherapy, and the impact on clinical practice when the therapist has been trained in both approaches.

Bio: Dr. Kernberg is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College at Cornell University. He is  Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He has received numerous awards for his excellence in Psychiatry. He is also the author of 12 books and co-author of 12 others.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the partial modification of psychoanalytic techniques in transference focused psychotherapy.
  2. Describe 2 specific technical interventions for severely regressed patients.
  3. Describe 2 indications and 2 contraindications for both psychoanalysis and transference focused psychotherapy in the realm of severe personality disorders.
  4. List 2 frequent mistakes in the treatment of severe personality disorders.
  5. Differentiate more precisely other alternative models of psychoanalytic theory.


1) Foelsch, P. & Kernberg, O. (1998). Transference-focused psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. Psychotherapy in Practice, 4: 67-90.
2) Kernberg, O. (2014). An overview of the treatment of severe narcissistic pathology. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 95: 865-888.
3) Kernberg, O. (2016). New developments in transference focused psychotherapy. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97: 385-407.

Continuing Education: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CME: These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for
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