606 Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Jon Frederickson • Sunday All DaY

Jon FredericksonThe premise of ISTDP is that the psychodynamic tradition isn’t irreconcilable with the modern day demand for more short-term approaches. But insight isn’t enough to help clients let go of their defenses, especially ones they’re not aware of. Instead, the therapist must take an active stance in helping clients have a direct experience of their walled-off feelings in the therapy session itself. Through a video demonstration, this workshop will demonstrate how to effectively work with clients’ defenses to facilitate change. You’ll learn the step-by-step process of ISTDP and gain a better understanding of:

  • The four types of defenses: repressive, projective, tactical, and character
  • The specific triggers that “turn on” a client’s defenses
  • Techniques (including use of transference) that help clients see the downside of their defenses and encourage them to break through and uncover underlying emotions

Jon Frederickson, MSW, faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry, teaches in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and Poland, and is the author of Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques.

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