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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Deconstructing the Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Theory as a Unifying Framework for 21st Century Personality Assessment

Robert F. Bornstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Adelphi University

Discussant: Steven Huprich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University

Monday, October 10, 2011
8:00 - 10:00 PM

2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

Formal assessment of patient dynamics can set the stage for successful treatment, and psychoanalysis represents a uniquely powerful framework for integrating information from different personality tests. Psychoanalytic theory's emphasis on conflict and defense, introspection versus experience, and multiple levels of awareness shifts the emphasis in assessment from outcome to underlying process, illuminating the patient's implicit dynamics. Psychoanalytic theory can be a unifying framework for 21st century personality assessment, and an opportunity to blend psychodynamic principles with cutting-edge concepts from other areas of psychology.

Upon completing this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Identify parallel themes and challenges in psychoanalysis and personality assessment.

• Contrast the psychological processes that occur as patients complete self-report and free response tests.

• Integrate test results to illuminate conscious and unconscious influences on personality test responses.

About the presenter:
Robert F. Bornstein is a Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Personality Assessment. He has published extensively on psychoanalytic concepts, personality dynamics, and assessment. Among his works are: The Dependent Personality, Principles of Psychotherapy: Promoting Evidence Based Psychodynamic Practice, and co-edited (with Joseph Masling) seven volumes of the Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories series, as well as Scoring the Rorschach: Seven Validated Systems. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Science Foundation, and he serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Assessment, Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, and Journal of Personality Disorders.