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The Embodiment of Emotional Disorders: Treating Psychophysiologic Disorders with Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

November 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - November 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Led by Allan Abbass, MD

Psychophysiological disorders are conditions where emotional or psychological factors directly cause physical signs and symptoms. They are very common and account for a major portion of emergency visits, hospital stays and family practice visits, and half of new medical consultations.

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a Canadian-developed method that has been demonstrated efficacious and cost effective across a broad spectrum of psychophysiologic presentations.

The primary goal of ISTDP is to help the client overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past that have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. The technique is intensive, as it aims to help the patient experience these feelings to the maximum degree possible; short-term, as it tries to achieve this experience as quickly as possible; dynamic, because it involves working with unconscious forces and transference feelings.

This two-day workshop will provide a detailed video-based review of how to evaluate and treat this spectrum of disorders. Dr. Abbass will explore the underlying unconscious mechanisms of emotional avoidance and the somatic experience of feelings. You will learn how to manage resistance in somatic presentations, how to initiate treatment and how to build emotional capacity.

Detailed videos will focus on conditions such as spasms, tremors, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and conversion disorders. You will learn how to better understand and handle treatment-resistant psychosomatic patients who are not responding to traditional psychotherapy.

This course is open to mental health professionals and health profession students.


November 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am
November 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm