The Developmental Self and Object Relations Perspective of the Masterson Approach to the Diagnosis, Understanding and Treatment of the Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Disorders of Self
June 23, 2018 North Island College – Comox Valley Campus, Rm #203 Tyee Hall, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6 $125 Members | $145 Non-Members
Two-Day Workshop June 23 -24, 2018  presented by Loray Daws, Ph.D., Reg. Psych., RCC, FAPA

The Masterson Approach is a form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy which integrates developmental, attachment, and object relations theory with recent findings in neuro-biological research to the treatment of the disorders of self. It yields a detailed understanding of the different character- structures (so called borderline, narcissism, and schizoid), and of the most effective ways of treating them, that is, the Masterson Approach allows for a clear method of doing psychotherapy, one which is applied differently with different kinds of clients.

The Masterson Approach also includes both shorter-term and more intensive treatment options, depending on the resources of the client. In combination with the various benefits for the client the Masterson Approach also provides the therapist with clarity about how to locate and understand the specific developmental difficulties of the client; effectively track how these difficulties are evident in the course of the therapy; support the making of developmentally sensitive and sound interventions based on the particular intra-psychic structure of the client, and lastly, gauge whether interventions are leading to progress.

The following learning objectives will aid the session:

  1. The basic developmental and empirically derived concepts of the Masterson Approach.
  2. Differential diagnosis of the disorders of self/ personality disorders
  3. What is meant with the therapeutic frame, psychoanalytic listening, and interventions.
  4. Treatment of both the clinging and distancing borderline disorders of self.
  5.  Dealing with severe acting out, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, suicidality, and projective identification.
  6. Treating and understanding the manifest, devaluing and closet narcissistic disorders of self.
  7. Treating and understanding the pure, pseudo-narcissistic and pseudo-borderline schizoid disorders of self.
  8. Trauma in the disorders of self/personality disorders.
  9. Therapeutic dilemmas and counter-transference.
  10. The ‘ethical stance’/ ‘psychoanalytic attitude’ in cultivating an analytic frame.

Session Information:

Date:             Two Days – Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th, 2018
Time:            10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (9:30 AM for registration, networking, and morning refreshments).
Lunch:          12:00PM – 12:30PM *Please arrange for your own lunch*
Address:        North Island College – Comox Valley Campus, Rm #203 Tyee Hall, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6

About the Presenter:

Loray Daws is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa and a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the University of Pretoria and served as a full-time lecturer from 1998 to 2006. Whilst lecturing psychometric assessment, psychopathology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, he also acted as consultant for the Department of Periodontology in the Faculty of Health. During this period, he published both nationally and internationally, lectured at various psychiatric hospitals, private clinics, and tertiary institutions. In 2003, he participated in founding the Rorschach Institute of South Africa and served as board member from 2004-2007.  Loray was also assistant editor of the South African Rorschach Journal (2005-2007) and remains co-director of the South African Masterson Institute for the study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Since formally leaving the University of Pretoria he completed a three year post- graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the disorders of self (personality disorders) and serves as faculty member at the International Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in New York since 2010. Loray moved with his family to Vancouver Island in 2009 where he currently works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the Comox Valley. Never far from the academic field Loray still serves as assistant editor for Global Journal of Health Sciences, evaluator, and international advisory board member of the International Journal of Psychotherapy (IJP), assistant editor at EPIS (Existential Psychoanalytic Institute and Society), and has published articles on dreaming, psychosomatic disorders, the disorders of the self, and is the editor of three books.  He also supervises and teaches in South Africa, Canada, the United States, Australia, and Turkey.