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The Whidbey Island Summer School is meant for physicians and practicing psychotherapists at all levels who wish to deepen their understanding, competence, and comfort with the theory and practice of intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy. Special emphasis this year will be on the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms. 2018 will be the fourth summer this immersive learning experience has been offered.
Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (EDT) and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) represent a unique form of affect/body/relationship-based psychodynamic treatment that facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy developed by Habib Davanloo, MD, strongly supported by extensive clinical research studies. EDT/ISTDP interventions are specifically designed to resolve anxiety, depression, somatization and personality disorders, as well as, to alleviate a variety of self-defeating behaviors, many of which derive from unstable or troubled early life attachments.
The program will be arranged around two tracks—Foundational and Advanced—but much study will be together as a single group. The faculty will use video vignettes and role-playing with participants. Large group processing will be emphasized for supervision, role-playing, and processing of unconscious activation.
Psychotherapists who have had at least one year in an EDT/ISTDP core-training group, can join the Advanced Track with the opportunity for close study of faculty videotapes, supervision, and work on skill-building exercises.
As in prior years, the Summer School will occupy the full facility of the historic 100 year-old Captain Whidbey Inn for this five-day intensive program. The Inn is located on Whidbey Island, on Puget Sound, outside of Seattle.