Treatment of the Patient with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., Sc.D., ABPP
Chair, Department of Behavioral Science, Touro College
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue, Rm. C-200
New York, NY 10065
Although the clinical literature on NPD is largely abstract, theoretical, and general (Ashmun, 2004), Dr. Freeman proposes viewing NPD through a lens on three fronts to aid in assessment and conceptualization. First, Dr. Freeman will describe twelve distinct subtypes of NPD, each needing a somewhat different emphasis. Second, Dr. Freeman will discuss the unique clinical presentation of each subtype, which would be further classified as primarily internalizing, primarily externalizing or combined type. Third, participants will learn how each distinct subtype can differ in their levels of functional impairment. Combining these factors - the subtypes, the clinical manifestations, and functional impairment - will yield a more specific diagnosis and more tailored treatment planning. Additionally, Dr. Freeman will go on to introduce a CBT treatment formula centering on this conceptualization to produce more effective results.
At the conclusion of the presentation:
- Participants will learn specific methods of improving assessment and conceptualization with NPD patients by understanding subtypes, clinical presentations, and levels of functional impairment.
- Participants will learn a CBT treatment formula described for treatment planning with NPD patients.
- Participants will receive copies of the Freeman Diagnostic Profile to assist with assessment, conceptualization and treatment planning.
Arthur (Art) Freeman is Professor and Chair in the Department of Behavioral Science at Touro College and University System in New York, and the former Chair and Program Director in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL. He completed his doctoral work at Teachers College-Columbia University and received the postdoctoral degree of Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology, Family and Couples Psychology, and in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is a past president of both the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
In addition to 100+ book chapters, reviews and journal articles, he has published over seventy five professional books including work translated from English into 14 other languages. His areas of clinical interest have included the treatment of personality disorders, clinical interventions with children and adolescents, treating couples, and the training of cognitive behavioral therapists.