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October 27, 2024

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Live Interactive Webinar via Zoom 



Cathy Van Voorhees 
Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ 
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Transference Focused Psychotherapy: An Object Relations Theory Approach to Personality Problems

Monica Carsky, PhD


Sunday, October 27, 2024
9:00am - 1:00pm

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Zoom Invite Will be Sent to Registrants on October 26, 2024

4 CEs offered for Counselors, Psychologists and Social Workers

Co-Sponsored with NJSCSW


Monica Carsky, PhD

Monica Carsky, PhD. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, where she is a Senior Fellow in the Personality Disorders Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital where Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) was developed. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst at CPPNJ, and on the faculty there as well as at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and the NYU postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is Past President of the NJ Psychoanalytic Society and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, The International Society for Transference Focused Psychotherapy, and TFP-NY.

 At New York Presbyterian--Weill Cornell Dr Carsky worked with Otto Kernberg for over 40 years and served as a research therapist in three TFP studies. A number of her publications address aspects of therapy with individuals with personality disorders, and are used by others teaching TFP. Her own TFP teaching experience includes courses at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the NYU Postdoctoral Program, invited lectures, workshops at the American Psychological Association National Meeting, and national and international individual and group supervision.

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and techniques of TFP, an evidence-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorders (BPD). TFP helps therapists provide effective treatment of this disorder with less chaos and stress than is usually associated with the treatment of borderline patients. I will summarize the object relations theory on which Transference Focused Psychotherapy is based, which provides a way to understand the psychological organization of the patient with borderline structure despite differing traits (and is one basis for the DSMV Alternate Model for Personality Pathology).  In TFP theory, the dominant emotion in a therapy session points to the relationship dyad being activated or enacted. This means that TFP therapists must attend to patients’ nonverbal as well as verbal behavior, and to their own countertransference, to understand what patients are trying to communicate.

 The first part of the workshop will use power point slides and examples to present theory and techniques and note the research supporting the use of TFP. We will then move to discussion of videos and audience examples. This will model how participants may apply TFP elements to the challenging interpersonal situations therapists must address in trying to help individuals with personality pathology.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the TFP model of psychopathology including relevant theory and constructs
  2. List elements in the assessment of borderline structure, how to give feedback and set the treatment frame with patients from diverse groups
  3. Describe the therapist attitude and stance, and how countertransference is understood and managed
  4. Give an example of how to use the dominant affect in a TFP session to identify and begin to interpret a relationship dyad.

Target Audience:  Suitable for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Graduate Students, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Level of Sophistication: This is an introductory level post-graduate continuing education program suitable for all levels of training.

ADA accommodations available upon request (Required at least 14 days prior to course start date).



 4 Continuing Education Credits


  For Counselors: CPPNJ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing  Education Provider,     ACEP No. 6863. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CPPNJ is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


 For Psychologists:  CPPNJ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education  for psychologists.  CPPNJ maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

 For NY Psychologists: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0165. 


Social Workers:

    For NJ Social Workers: This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work, which provides leadership and support to clinical social workers in all practice settings.  The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work provides outstanding continuing education programs and opportunities for collegial contact.

For NY Social Workers: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized      by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved                                      provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0757.

COST: Members $75/$90 pre-registration by October 13; CPPNJ Candidates: $45; Students with ID: $15; Non-Members $120/$135 pre-registration by October 13.

Cancellations made prior to three days (72 hours) before the event will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.   Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the event will be given a refund of half of the registration fees.  Refunds will NOT be granted for cancellation requests made on the day of the event.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this Continuing Education Event.

ADA accommodations available upon request; Requests required at least 14 days prior to course start date.

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at,contact us by email at ( or at CPPNJ 235 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at,contact us by email at ( or at CPPNJ 235 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940