While it is the most frequently occurring personality disorder in our culture, research indicates that obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is often not recognized by clinicians. Both the public and psychotherapists often confuse it for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that has some overlapping symptoms, but requires different treatment.
In this 2-hour presentation, Gary Trosclair, DMA, LCSW will draw on relevant research, psychodynamic theory, Carl Jung’s prospective approach, and his extensive clinical experience working with clients with OCPD. He will outline a grounded and progressive understanding of the characteristics of OCPD, its origins, and its treatment.
A healthy compulsive is one whose energy and talents for achievement are used consciously in the service of passion, love, and purpose. An unhealthy compulsive is one whose energy and talents for achievement have been hijacked by fear and its henchman, anger. Both are driven: one by meaning, the other by dread.
Treatment requires that clinicians adopt a progressive understanding of the illness in order not to activate the defenses that so commonly prevent people with OCPD from engaging in therapy or even entering it. And, at least as importantly, it requires that clinicians help them recall the original, deeper motivations underlying their compulsive disposition. As Carl Jung suggested, we need to understand what the traits of this condition are for, where they want to go, not just where they came from.
This presentation will also address the painful situation that partners of compulsives often face when the partner with OCPD will not seek treatment.
This 2-hour introductory level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents a clinical review of the techniques used to identify, manage, and treat obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and related conditions. The contents of this program are based upon the following sources: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria; research in fields related to the obsessive-compulsive personality, perfectionism, and work addiction; and long-established psychodynamic technique. It is consistent with the ethics code of the National Association of Social Workers. This program discusses strategies for applying the methods taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, misapplication of psychotherapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.
Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written books related to the content of this program.
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Gary Trosclair, DMA, LCSW is a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and Westchester County, New York. President of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology, he also serves on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He serves as clinical coordinator for the Jung Institute Low-Fee Clinic.
His book, The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), and his blog The Healthy Compulsive Project, have provided inspiration and encouragement to thousands of readers who have been affected by OCPD.
His previous book, I’m Working On It In Therapy: How To Get The Most Out Of Psychotherapy (Skyhorse 2015), serves as a client’s guide to using therapy effectively and productively, offering ten practical tools, illustrated with clinical vignettes and stories from film, literature, and mythology.
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