Transference-Focused Psychotherapy: Online Foundational Training

November 5-6, 2021


This 2-day virtual continuing education course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach, transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). TFP is a comprehensive evidence‐based treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). While derived from psychoanalytic tradition, TFP incorporates important modifications making it of use to general clinicians today working with patients with significant personality disorder pathology.

This workshop will equip participants to:

  • Summarize the concept of psychological structure and its relation to the specific symptoms of BPD
  • Describe the role of identity integration in BPD and in its resolution
  • Practice the strategies, tactics, and techniques of effective psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline and narcissistic personality disorders
  • Explain how to perceive and identify object relations as they are enacted in the therapy
  • Increase the awareness use of countertransference with borderline and narcissistic patients

Offered by the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital


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  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

About TFP

Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP) offers clinicians an overarching approach to patients with personality disorder symptoms including, but not limited to, patients with borderline and narcissistic personality disorder pathology.

TFP’s focus on the patient’s internal experience of self and others and the need to develop more realistically nuanced and complex senses of self and other is geared to both help patients at the level of their symptoms and also in terms of their overall engagement in life.

About the Workshop

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to TFP as an individual psychotherapy for patients with personality disorder symptoms, and an introduction to TFP principles of use for clinicians in a variety of treatment settings who may not be offering an extended individual psychotherapy, but seek a comprehensive framework for treating patients with moderate to severe personality disorder symptoms.

Attendees from all orientations and levels of experience will learn about essential elements of the TFP model. Clinical vignettes, role plays, and videotaped psychotherapy materials will be used throughout.







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November 5-6


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    November 5, 2021

  • Saturday


    November 6, 2021








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November 5-6


Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Workshop

Wednesday, March 25-Thursday, March 26
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, and Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

This pre-conference workshop aims to provide didactic training in how to provide prolonged exposure (PE) therapy to patients with PTSD from various trauma histories. Prolonged exposure is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), supported as a first-line intervention across PTSD treatment guidelines. Our goal is to provide the didactic portion of training in prolonged exposure therapy for licensed independent providers of psychotherapy. Proper training will allow for effective implementation, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

This training focuses on the theoretical and empirical basis for PE, detailed instructions on delivering the specific protocol components, role playing, videos, vignettes, and in-depth Q&A.

Participants will also receive instruction in the integration of basic therapy skills with protocol therapies, and the integration of technology and clinical care. Training will include the basics of how to do PE as well as additional information on how to tailor treatment to individual patient presentations. Focusing on treatment of PTSD while maintaining manual fidelity will be emphasized. Special attention will be devoted to implementing PE for PTSD when it presents along with other serious mental illnesses.


The target audience includes mental health professionals who are licensed independent providers of psychotherapy, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At successful completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct PE with fidelity
  • Appropriately screen candidates for the treatment
  • Conduct ongoing psychometrically valid evaluation to guide treatment
  • Titrate emotional engagement during imaginal exposures to therapeutic levels
  • Facilitate the construction of an effective in vivo exposure hierarchy
  • Effectively assign and review patient homework assignments
  • Assist patients to process trauma and decrease PTSD symptoms

Attendees who complete this training are encouraged to obtain case consultation as they implement PE in practice.


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McLean Hospital is host to this conference at one of our Cambridge satellite locations.

625 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Accreditations and Approvals


McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 13 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 13 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count toward 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 13 social work continuing education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work. Authorization Number D-81662.

NBCC-ACEP-clear-webLicensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6085. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets the requirements for up to 13 NBCC hours.

Disclosure Policy

McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is McLean and HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Refund Policy

Due to the small nature of our trainings, the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute cannot offer any refunds. If the participant is unable to attend, they may send a substitute attendee.


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