The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) presents
A One-Day Clinical Conference
With contributions from professionals working in the areas of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, clinical psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience as follows:
Julie A. Kelly
Ian S. Miller
Toni O'Brien Johnson
This one-day clinical conference on working psychotherapeutically with people with borderline personality focuses on longer-term approaches informed by psychoanalysis to working with this client group: contemporary Kleinian psychoanalytic psychotherapy, transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP) and mentalization-based therapy (MBT). Speakers and discussants reflect upon the challenges facing psychoanalytically-informed treatments within contexts where shorter-term, sometimes fixed-term, approaches tend to be the treatment of choice. In this, the conference sets up a space for productive dialogue between psychoanalytic psychotherapy and other psychotherapies, psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience around the difficulties facing this client group and the challenges encountered by people who work clinically with clients who present in this way. In effect, the conference showcases longer-term, psychoanalytically-informed and process-based treatment models as an alternative to shorter-term, symptom-reduction-based approaches. The conference also explores the psychiatric designation ‘borderline personality disorder’ and how and whether such a diagnostic category is clinically useful. The conference, furthermore, includes contributions from the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis for thinking about aetiology, diagnosis and treatment. This event develops on from and builds upon the ‘Working with Borderline States: A Clinical Conference with Otto Kernberg’, convened in 2010.