Richard G. Erskine, PhD, held seminar: The Narcissistic Dilemma: A Perspective from Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy on April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2022.

Association “Belcounsel”, National Association for Transactional Analysis of Serbia – NATAS and Outpatient psychiatric practice “Bubera” hosted this event.

After three successful seminars in December 2020, March, and November 2021, and due to the continued great interest of the members of the psychotherapists community who participated and evaluated them excellently, Erskine, PhD, prepared a new lecture for which the largest number of participants had expressed interest in the evaluation of the previous seminars.

All professionals in the field of mental health, psychotherapists and trainees of various psychotherapeutic approaches were invited to apply for seminar, and especially trainees of Transactional analysis, Integrative Psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, Body psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

So far, members of the psychotherapist community in Serbia and the region have already had the opportunity to listen and watch this expert in action in our organization – as he explains theoretical and practical concepts and conducts supervisions. His workshops have been widely attended all over the world.

The psychotherapy of Narcissistic dynamics often revolves around the client’s relational dilemma whether “to need or not to need”. This dilemma results in behavioral characteristics of extreme self-involvement, grandiosity, an absence of empathy, and a lack of interest in others, even while others are being used to obtain approval and admiration. In this workshop Dr. Richard Erskine lectured on the etiology, intrapsychic conflicts, and the relational conflicts in the lives of clients who have narcissistic character traits.

Dr. Erskine described in detail the narcissistic client’s internal and behavioural dynamics and the relational methods necessary in an effective psychotherapy for clients with issues of Narcissistic processing. These characteristics may be present in the behaviour of other clients who may not be diagnosed as “narcissistic” but who’s internal functioning may have the similar dynamics. He pointed out distinguish between a Narcissistic Style, Pattern, and a Personality Disorder.

This seminar was held in English and Serbian with consecutive non professional translation, by colleagues from mental health field. (You can read here about consecutive interpreting: what is consecutive interpreting).

Erskine, PhD, insists on consecutive translation, because this is the best way to attune alive with translators and participants – to monitor whether participants understand the content, to monitor participants and their reactions and potentially include them in the discussion.

The seminar is accredited as I category professional meeting under the registration number A-1-166/22 by the Health Council of Serbia, and only participants who had taken part in seminar got certificate with two CME points, and nine hours of education.

If you didn’t participate in the workshop, and want to watch the recording (or recordings of any of the workshops organized or co-organized by NATAS) you can order recording. Our recommendation is to participate in person whenever it is possible, because that way you can communicate with a lecturer directly.

Who was eligible for this seminar?

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers were eligible to participate in the seminar, but also all other professionals (special pedagogues, andragogues, MDs, nurses…) provided that they were in the process of psychotherapy training, and that they had filled in application form.

Handouts, PowerPoint presentation and video recording of the seminar are not included in the price.

For more information contact:

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Richard G. Erskine, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Training Director of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy. Originally trained in client-centered child therapy, Dr Erskine also studied Gestalt therapy with both Fritz and Laura Perls. He is a certified clinical Transactional Analyst and a Licensed Psychoanalyst who has specialized in psychoanalytic self-psychology and object-relations theory. His work is an integration of these concepts and fifty years of clinical experience which has included working with disturbed children, inmates in a maximum security prison, borderline and narcissistic clients, post-traumatic stress and dissociative identity disorders. Recently his research and clinical practice have focused on the treatment of the schizoid process and on the psychotherapy of obsession. He is the author of several books and scores of articles on psychotherapy theory and methods. His best-selling book (with Jan Moursund and Rebecca Trautmann) is “Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact-in-Relationship” (1999, Brunner/Mazel).

Richard Erskine on Integrative Psychotherapy:

Richard G. Erskine, PhD – Interview in Montreal 2010:

Richard G. Erskine, PhD – Interview 2017:

Richard G. Erskine TSTA (Psychotherapy) in the US, develops the 8 important relational needs, EATA Conference 2016. in Geneva: