CE Hours: 12.75
Some addicts in therapy and treatment behave in unique patterns beyond their use of substances. This added complexity of emotional, physical and relational functioning has traditionally been referred to as “Dual Diagnosis”. From a gestalt perspective, we can think of this personality as a way of creating self and a lens through which the addicted client perceives experiences and understands their world. This complex ground requires particular attention in order to support change and choice. Without this attention, addiction treatment labors under a “one size fits all” method, while not addressing the guiding patterns that impact behavior, perception and meaning-making.
In this workshop we will explore the complex interaction of addiction, recovery and personality. We will pay particular attention to narcissistic, borderline and schizoid processes in the context of recovery and treatment. A model for attending and respectfully intervening with clients will be demonstrated and practiced. Participants should have some familiarity and interest in Addiction.
Michael Clemmens, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Pittsburgh working with individuals, couples, and groups. He has 20 years’ experience working with chemical dependency and personality disorders. He is trained in various forms of body work. One of his special interests is consulting with therapists to develop and maintain self-support. He is the author of Getting beyond Sobriety.