March 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wilson Chapel
Wilson Chapel
234 Herrick Rd, Newton, MA 02459
617 266-0953

Therapeutic Implications of Transference Structures in Various Personality Pathologies

The 2018 Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture

This presentation will describe the differential characteristics of transference structure of patients with neurotic personality organization, borderline personality organization,  narcissistic personalities, schizoid personalities, and symbiotic personality features. Clinical illustrations will focus on the specific therapeutic implications of these different transference structures. In the course of these analyses, the essential nature of a few dominant technical interventions will be highlighted.



Otto F. Kernberg, MD (Presenter) is the Director of the Personality Disorders Institute, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division; Professor of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY; and a Training and Supervising Analyst at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York, NY.

Richard Schwartz, MD (Moderator) is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England. Dr. Schwartz is a Senior Consultant in Residency Training at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Diagnose differential transference structures.
  2. Apply selectively the psychoanalytic techniques of interpretation, transference analysis, technical neutrality, and countertransference utilization.
  3. Assess the differential activation of internalized object relations in transference developments.
  4. Integrate differential transference structure into a comprehensive theoretical system.



Clarkin, J. F, Kernberg, O., & Yeomans, F. E. (2015). Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorders: A Clinical Guide. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Kernberg, O. (2011). The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Kernberg, O. (2016). Interpretation in the Treatment of Borderline Pathology. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 36(1), 52-59.

Kernberg, O.F. (2016). New Developments in Transference Focused Psychotherapy. International Journal Psycho-Analysis, 97(2), 385-407.


8:00 pm – 8:10 pm: Welcome & Introduction; 8:10 pm – 9:00 pm: Presentation; 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Discussion and Q&A.

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.
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This program will be of interest to mental health clinicians at all levels of training.
Continuing Education
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social works must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 2 NBCC Clock Hours.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels and event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.


Grievance Policy
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