Treatment Resistant Depression: Unique benefits and processes in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

February 28, 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

9:30 AM  - 12:30 PM

In a formal presentation Dr. Abbass discusses  Treatment-Resistant Depression. The majority of patients with major depression do not achieve full remission using traditional treatments. More effective treatments are needed for this condition. Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers methods that respond to personality factors and other unconscious processes that contribute to treatment resistance. As part of this presentation, Dr. Allan Abbass demonstrates through treatment videos and reviews findings of a new study of intensive short-term psychodynamic therapy credited with achieving high remission rates in a complex population of patients. Video examples graphically illustrate different types of treatment resistance and key processes to overcome these resistances.

12:30 PM Lunch Break 

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Mandatory attendance for CE credit)

Supervision of Psychodynamic Therapy by Dr. Abbass

The afternoon program is focused on Dr. Abbass‘ guided Supervision Program for psychotherapists. Program registrants  have the opportunity to observe portions of cases of local advanced clinicians (with video material) which Dr. Abbass  reviews and offers commentary.  Note:  Local clinicians who would like to present video case material to Dr. Abbass should arrange in advance with Dr. Brod. These cases need not be limited to Treatment-Resistant Depression.

Important Note: Due to the clinical material to be reviewed, this program is open only to licensed/registered psychotherapists; graduate students will need to obtain permission from Dr. Brod. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe three psychodynamic categories of treatment resistance in Depressive Disorders
  • Apply key psychodynamic treatment processes tailored to these 3 categories
  • Assess manifestations of the unconscious aspects of the therapeutic alliance
  • Describe capacity building formats of ISTDP
  • Identify the form of transference known as “Whispers from the Unconscious” and explain its significant
  • Identify the dynamic role of “suppression” in the metapsychology of treatment-resistant depression.

Dr. Allan Abbass is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, with over 200 publications and 200 invited presentations over the globe. These articles can be viewed at He has received a number of teaching awards, including two national awards in psychiatry, and been honored with visiting professorships at several universities and institutions and holds recurrent training programs in several countries around the world.


Thomas Brod, M.D. (Program Facilitator), Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. He is also on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute (Washington, D.C.).

$125 pre-registration 
$135 at the door
$65 student rate


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

PHYSICIANS: 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 New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.