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Eve Caligor, M.D.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Treating Self and Interpersonal Functioning

Friday, March 2, 2018

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Recent developments in the understanding of personality disorders have emphasized: 1) the centrality of self and interpersonal functioning across personality disorders, and the distinction between symptoms versus underlying personality organization in tracking course and outcome; and 2) the severity of pathology as a predictor of course and outcome. In this conference, Dr. Caligor will introduce participants to a contemporary psychodynamic, object relations approach to understanding and working with personality pathology across the spectrum of severity. Drawing from her research at Columbia University, and using examples from her clinical practice, Dr. Caligor will:

- provide an overview of recent developments in the understanding and classification of personality disorders, including the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders, DSM5 Section II
- discuss the relationship between the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders and psychodynamic object relations theory
- provide an overview of a longer-term, specialized treatment approach for personality disorders that targets pathology of self and interpersonal functioning
- discuss the strategies organizing this treatment approach and the core techniques that define it
- review which aspects of the treatment are responsible for behavioral and psychological change and describe the impact of the treatment on the patient’s mental processes
- focus on more severe personality pathology in order to understand the mechanisms of change
- consider the implication of these findings for treatments of higher level personality pathology and discuss how techniques are modified across the spectrum of severity

Dr. Caligor will also demonstrate these treatment techniques by acting as a consultant for a case presentation given by a local clinician (to be announced).

ABOUT DR. CALIGOR: Eve Caligor M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Senior Associate Director for Psychotherapy Training and Research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is appointed Training and Supervising Analyst.  She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Personality Disorders Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Caligor’s clinical and research expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of personality pathology.  She is co-author of the Structured Interview for Personality Organization (STIPO), a semi-structured interview for the evaluation of personality pathology, and was co-investigator of a pilot study evaluating the feasibility of conducting a randomized clinical trial of cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive expressive therapy and psychoanalysis. Dr. Caligor has published widely on the evaluation and psychodynamic treatment of personality pathology and is first author of the Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology, and Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Treating Self and Interpersonal Functioning (in press), American Psychiatric Publishing.

Dr. Caligor did her undergraduate training at Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and attended medical school at Harvard Medical School.  She completed residency training in Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian – New York State Psychiatric Institute and subsequently a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  She completed her psychoanalytic training and a faculty research fellowship at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  From 2007-20012 she served as Associate Residency Training Director in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: Participants in this conference will:

1)      Identify and explore a psychodynamic, object relations approach to the conceptualization and treatment of personality disorders.

2)      Explore, through clinical examples, the core techniques that define this treatment approach.

3)      Compare the aspects of the treatment that are responsible for behavioral and psychological change (for both severe and higher level pathology) and describe the impact of the treatment on the patient's mental processes.

DATE: Friday, March 2, 2018

TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Westminster on the Draw, Academic Level, Rooms 105-109 (2120 S. 1300 E., SLC). 


REGISTRATION: $155 ($77.50 for full-time students)

LATE REGISTRATION: (Registrations received less than one week prior to the conference): $180 ($90 for full-time students)

Pre-register online through our online payment page. Pre-register to receive readings and parking passes in advance. In-person registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the conference. For registration questions, contact Becky Baily, PhD, IPISLC Director of Training, 801-521-6234 or ipislc@comcast.net.

STUDENT DISCOUNTS: proof of current full-time enrollment in a course of study related to mental health required (contact Becky Bailey PhD at beckybailey@qwestoffice.net to complete enrollment).

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