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4th Danish Immersion in Davanloo’s ISTDP with Dr Allan Abbass

30 August 2018 - 1 September 2018

Treatment of the fragile client: Building capacity and bringing structural change

Fragile Character structure is a common cause of treatment resistance in psychiatric and psychotherapy patients of all diagnostic groups. Frequently misdiagnosed as a range of conditions, these patients are often heavily medicated, hospitalized and become involved in complex, destructive interactions with healthcare systems and therapists.

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy has been specifically developed and researched through thousands of videotape case studies, to provide tailored processes of assessment, capacity building, and working through the intense complex feelings underpinning fragility.

This 3 day immersion course will focus on: The Metapsychology of Fragile Character Structure, Psychodiagnostic assessment, capacity building formats, the use of the technique of bringing structural changes through bracing and the “graded format” of ISTDP. The process of working through will be reviewed as well.

The primary emphasis of the course will be on detailed study of case videotapes, and case discussions.

Participants at the course will learn:

  • How to detect fragility
  • How to detect the level of fragility
  • How to detect and handle rapidly rotating defensive fronts
  • How to use pressure, bracing, and recapping to build capacity
  • The process of first breakthroughs to the unconscious
  • The process of bringing dominance of the UTA over resistance
  • The nature of disorganized attachment in severe fragility

The flyer can be downloaded here (Microsoft Word docx format).


30 August 2018
1 September 2018
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Allan Larsen


Århusgade 103
København Ø, 2100 Denmark
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