Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center

Full Day Workshop

by Diana Diamond, PhD

Transference Focused Psychotherapy for

Narcissistic Personality Disorder



Dr. Diamond is a nationally recognized expert on Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorders, which are among the most difficult clinical problems to treat. Narcissistic patients tend to cling to a system of thought that disturbs personal and professional relationships. These patients can engender powerful feelings in the therapist of being incompetent, bored, disparaged, and dismissed or of being massively and unnervingly idealized.  A framework will be presented for conceptualizing, identifying, and treating the multiple presentation of this disorder (NPD). Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is a psychodynamically-based treatment based on object relations theory which is currently being considered for reimbursement by many insurance companies. This workshop will present ideas but also specific treatment techniques for recognizing and managing the many faces of narcissistic types.  


Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1. Describe and appreciate the range and types of narcissistic pathology, and how this variability is conceptualized from an object relations perspective.

2. Describe some of the technical difficulties associated with conducting psychoanalytic psychotherapy with patients with narcissistic disorders and TFP modifications thought to enhance therapeutic efficacy.

3. Apply treatment techniques that address narcissistic resistances and that help engage the patient in therapy

4. Recognize the typical insecure attachment representations of narcissistic patients.

5. Describe how an understanding of how research on the attachment patterns of individuals with narcissistic pathology may affect the current nature of the patient–therapist relationship for individuals with narcissistic disorders.


Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration. Lunch included.

Johnson County Community College

Capitol Federal Conference Center, Rm. A-B

12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210


Early Bird: (ends February 18)

       Regular, $140; Center Member, $120; Candidates/Residents/Students, $75

After Early Bird:  Registration ended March 3.

       Regular, $150; Center Member, $135; Candidates/Residents/Students, $90

To check availability for late registration, contact the GKCTPC office.

Registration includes 5 CMEs/CEUs.

Contact GKCTPC at 816-512-7438 or

Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received one week in advance to receive a refund.



BeebeDiana Diamond is Emerita Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where she is also a senior fellow in the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI).  She is also adjunct professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI), and professor of clinical practice at the New School for Social Research. At the PDI, she has investigated the impact of narcissistic pathology on the treatment process and outcome for patients in Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).  These, clinical and research investigations have led to her most recent book Treating Narcissistic Pathology with Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (with Frank Yeomans, Barry Stern and Otto Kernberg, Guilford Press, in press).  She has written a number of articles in the areas of the theory, research and treatment of personality disorders, the relevance of attachment theory and research to psychoanalysis, mental representations and how they change over the course of dynamic therapy, as well as psychoanalytic approaches to narrative and symbolism in cinema.  Her edited book, Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspective was published in 2018.  (Taylor and Francis, Routledge).  She is the recipient of several awards including the research award from the American Psychological Association (Division 39) and the inaugural International Society for Transference Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP) Research Award.  She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Issues, the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. She is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is in private practice in psychoanalysis, and individual and couple therapy in NYC.

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at


Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.