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ISTDP Summer School 2018, Whidbey Island, Pacific Northwest

19 August 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 24 August 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Bridge at the Captain Whidbey Inn

The ISTDP Institute, Washington School of Psychiatry, and New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles) present:

ISTDP Summer School for Psychotherapists & Physicians

Five Days of Intensive Psychotherapy Training and Immersion

Captain Whidbey Inn, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA

With Thomas M. Brod, MD, Angela Cooper, DClinPsy, and Nat Kuhn, MD

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.

Physicians, psychologists, licensed therapists, nurses, and social workers can earn 21 Continuing Education hours through Washington School of Psychiatry.

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.

The Foundational Track is built as a primer on ISTDP for physicians, psychologists, and other mature psychotherapists. It will cover aspects of ISTDP that are key to understanding its practice, including Malan’s two triangles, signaling pathways of unconscious anxiety, ISTDP interventions and their timing, among others.

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.

Both tracks offer deepened understanding of ISTDP theory and technique. All participants in the Summer School will join together in skill-building and large group processing throughout the week and will be introduced to Deliberate Practice. Even participants with significant prior ISTDP exposure have found this systematic approach helpful.

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.

The curriculum includes didactics, skill-building exercises including role-playing, and group processing of unconscious activation; for those who are interested, there are opportunities for individual supervision of recorded material with the rest of the group observing.
Recreational opportunities are scheduled.
Enrollment will be strictly limited to 25 or fewer Professional learners. Accommodations can be made for accompanying adults who do not attend the program.

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19 August 2018 @ 3:00 PM
24 August 2018 @ 1:30 PM


Thomas Brod, MD
+1 310-207-3337
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Captain Whidbey Inn
2072 W Capt Whidbey Inn Rd
Coupeville, WA 98239 United States
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