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The Difficult Patient – The Rewards of Hatred
Speaker: Glen Gabbard , M.D. Co-Sponsored with FIU

January 12 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Co-Sponsored with Florida International University

Abstract: Morning discussion:

A variety of factors make patients in therapy and analysis particularly difficult. These factors will be illustrated with cases, especially focusing on transference and countertransference problems. Treatment approaches will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To examine the barriers involved in diagnosing and treating patients in therapy and analysis.
  2. To illustrate common transference and countertransference of difficult patients.
  3. To use case examples to demonstrate techniques that are useful in dealing with resistances.

Abstract: Afternoon Discussion:

Hatred is a way of life for some patients, and there can be a particular sense of gratification associated with it. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate a way to understand and manage the hate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe how the expression of hatred can be gratifying to some patients in therapy and analysis.
  2. To examine the multiple determinants of hatred in borderline patients.
  3. To illustrate ways to manage hate in the transference and countertransference.


Dr. Glen Gabbard is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Training and Supervising Analyst in the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. He is also in private practice in Houston.  Dr. Gabbard has authored or edited 28 books, including Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice: 5th edition, an all-time best seller at American Psychiatric Publishing, Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: a Basic Text: 3rd edition, Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Textbook of Psychoanalysis, Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting,  Psychiatry and the Cinema, and The Psychology of The Sopranos. His most recent book is Narcissism and Its Discontents: Diagnostic Dilemmas and Treatment Strategies with Narcissistic Patients, co-authored with Dr. Holly Crisp.  He has also published over 350 scientific papers and book chapters. Previous positions include Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine from 2001-2011 and Director of the Menninger Hospital in Topeka, Kansas from 1989-1994. He also served as Director of the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis from 1996-2001. He has received many honors and awards, including the American Psychiatric Association/NIMH Vestermark Award for Psychiatric Education in 2010 and the prestigious Mary Sigourney Award in 2000 for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis. He was Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis from 2001-2007, the first non-British analyst to hold that position, and served as President of the American College of Psychiatrists from 2006-2007. Dr. Gabbard’s textbooks have been translated into Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Danish, Chinese, Greek, Romanian, and Spanish. He lectures throughout Europe, South America, and Australia, as well as the United States and Canada.


  • Members: $75.00 in advance ($85.00 at the door)
  • Students* $20.00
  • All Others: $85.00
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    * Special rate for Psychiatry Residents and Psychology Doctoral Students, Interns, and Postdocs. Proof of student status may be requested.


January 12
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street-College of Business Complex Room 155
Miami, Florida 33199
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