Almost all clinicians have worked with people who have extremely high standards and cannot tolerate failure or even success. These perfectionistic people may feel slightly content when some goals are met, but overall, they are chronically dissatisfied regarding their performance in their career, social, or personal lives. These people may also be hypercritical if others are not meeting their expectations. What can be most difficult as a therapist is when a person with excessively high standards and perfectionism believes that we are not good enough. They may prematurely leave therapy, withdraw, or become extremely angry.
It is not surprising that perfectionism can lead to numerous disorders, as research illustrates. There is substantial literature on the association between perfectionism and mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, eating issues, and personality disorders. It appears perfectionism is very prevalent in clinical populations and extremely difficult to treat. Very few books or resources really focus on perfectionism in clinical settings. This web conference will address the question: What is the best way to work with perfectionistic people?
This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:
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I really enjoyed the way Michael "reached for more" when answering questions. He really had an amazing caring for encouraging participation. Also the differentiation of types of perfectionists. I hadn't really thought about these and "labeled" situations quite that way. It was very helpful. - Risa Giordano, LCSW
Dr. B did a great job pulling out the most important concepts and sharing those with us. Then he integrated them flawlessly as he continued through this workshop. - Juliana Petre, MA, LMHCA
Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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Michael Brustein, PsyD, is the author of Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, which is one of the first texts to address how to manage perfectionistic clients. Brustein is also a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City. He has served as an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein Medical School, and he has taught courses on psychotherapy techniques, abnormal psychology, and group therapy at Brooklyn College, The College of New Rochelle, and William Paterson University. Brustein was an attending psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and a supervising psychologist at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where he participated in suicide prevention studies and mentored medical residents and psychology interns.
Currently, Dr. Brustein is working on an upcoming series of self-help books regarding emotional regulation and mindfulness. For more information on Dr. Brustein and his work, please visit www.drbrustein.com.