Feb 22

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

The Challenge of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A three-day workshop
with Frank E. Yeomans, MD, PhD    

When: Thursday, December 3 – Saturday, December 5, 10:00-17:45

Where: Pierce Amphitheater, Aghia Paraskevi Campus – 6 Gravias Street

Audience: By ticket only

Registration Deadline: November 25, 2015.
Seats are limited, book your place early!

Participants’ Profile: The workshop is open to all professionals in the fields of individual and group psychotherapy and mental health practice.

A Certificate of Participation from the Deree – School of Graduate & Professional Education & Weill Cornell Medical College will be awarded at the end of the workshop.

Language of Instruction: English

Cost: 240€ (Students and ACG Alumni are entitled to 20% discount)

To download the Workshop Overview, please click here.

Frank E. Yeomans

Dr. Yeomans is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Director of Training at the Personality Disorders Institute of Weill-Cornell, Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and Director of the Personality Studies Institute in Manhattan. He graduated from Harvard College and went on to obtain his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine and complete his training in psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College.

Dr. Yeomans’ primary interests are the development, investigation, teaching, and practice of psychotherapy for personality disorders. He has participated in establishing training programs for psychodynamic therapy of personality disorders in numerous sites in North America and Europe. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, including A Primer on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient, and Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations, co-authored with Dr. John Clarkin and Dr. Otto Kernberg.

Workshop Description

This three-day workshop constitutes the second part of the first substantial training in Transference-focused Psychotherapy (TFP) in Greece. TFP is specifically adapted to treat narcissistic, borderline and other personality disorders and is mentioned in the NICE guidelines for Personality Disorder as worthy of further research, given its existing evidence base.  Dr. Frank E. Yeomans is a leading practitioner, researcher, teacher and supervisor in the field of TFP. He has written extensively about this model with co-authors Otto Kernberg and John Clarkin and has taught in many countries throughout the world.

Narcissistic disorders are prevalent and can be among the most difficult clinical problems to treat. Narcissistic patients tend to cling to a system of thought that interferes with establishing relations and successfully integrating into the world. Furthermore, these patients can engender powerful countertransferential feelings of being incompetent, bored, disparaged, and dismissed, or, at the other extreme, massively and unnervingly idealized. This course will present a framework for conceptualizing, identifying, and treating individuals diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) or with significant narcissistic features.

Narcissism encompasses normative strivings for perfection, mastery, and wholeness as well as pathological and defensive distortions of these strivings. Such pathological distortions may present overtly in the form of grandiosity, exploitation of others, retreat to omnipotence or denial of dependency, or covertly in the form of self-effacement, inhibition, and chronic, extreme narcissistic vulnerability.

Adding to the difficulties in diagnosing and treating narcissistic disorders is the fact that they can manifest themselves in multiple presentations depending on the level of personality organization, subtype, or activated mental state. In this course we will review the levels of narcissistic pathology.

We will go on to discuss a specific theoretical and clinical formulation of narcissism and a manualized psychodynamic psychotherapy, transference focused psychotherapy (TFP), that has been modified to treat patients with narcissistic disorders. We will review therapeutic modifications that can help clinicians connect with and treat patients with narcissistic pathology at different levels. The training will be useful for a wide range of professionals, e.g., psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and mental health social workers.

This event is hosted by the School of Graduate and Professional Education of the American College of Greece. For specific questions about the content of the workshop please e-mail Nikolaos Takis, PhD, Professor of Psychology and director of the Counseling Center of the American College of Greece, at ntakis@acg.edu.

For more information and to reserve your place contact:
Ms Maria Kritikou, tel : 210 600 9800 ext. 1210 or e-mail: