Transforming Resistance Using Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: Working with the Challenges of Defense and Anxiety

July 14, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

6 CE/CME Credits 

Co-sponsored with West Coast ISTSP Consortium & New Center for Psychoanalysis

In this one-day workshop, Dr. Shapiro  demonstrates with video how to accelerate treatment using innovative techniques that help clients abandon chronic maladaptive coping patterns that were once necessary, but have long outlived their usefulness and are now causing untoward suffering.  By adopting an active, selectively focused, experiential and emotionally-engaged stance, while relying on systematic clinical maps, therapists learn the skills necessary to promote healthier functioning.  While the primary goal of this workshop is to learn methods to accelerate the healing process for clients, the secondary goal is to help clinicians integrate new skills into their existing orientation to result in a style that is more effective, efficient, rewarding to practice, authentic and entirely compatible with your personal and professional history.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Develop skills to transform resistance by rapidly identifying and restructuring defenses, even with the most challenging, over-regulated patients
  • Understand methods for quickly identifying and regulating anxiety with patients who readily become dysregulated
  • Learn to immediately and directly address barriers to the therapeutic process in order to move beyond symptom management into transformational processes that release resources associated with health and resilience
  • Discover ways to accelerate treatment using specific techniques that effectively address the universal problems of resistance and anxiety, permitting access to unconscious affective material, underlying internal conflicts and untapped resources
  • Establish a clear clinical map that provides comprehensive understanding of your patients needs at each moment and guides your interventions to result in a strong therapeutic alliance, avoidance of ruptures and more successful outcomes

Steven S.  Shapiro, PhD,  is a clinical psychologist in private practice in suburban Philadelphia with over twenty-five years of clinical and teaching experience.  Dr.  Shapiro has been extending various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/STDP and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/AEDP), since the mid-1990’s. He is a Senior Faculty and Founding Member of the AEDP Institute in New York City. He provides lectures, training groups and individual consultation for therapists internationally.

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM [1 hr. break for lunch]

$ 120 Pre-registration, $ 130 at the door, $ 60 Student Rate



6 CE/CME Credits provided by West Coast ISTDP Consortium WCIC, courtesy of Washington School of Psychiatry.