The course will provide an introduction into the emerging field of Experiential Dynamic Therapy given by Dr. Mark Vail and Lindsay Chipman, MA. Rooted in a psychodynamic understanding of the human mind, EDT is clinically different from traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy in that it employs an integrative model that synthesizes multiple theoretical perspectives (clinicians drawn to emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, somatic, and attachment-oriented treatment modalities will be particularly enriched by the theory of technique and interventions covered in this course). This translates into a more focused and clinician-friendly theory of technique – a theory of technique that has demonstrated its effectiveness in over sixty research studies. In this method the therapist is considerably more active in mobilizing the client’s participation in identifying and experiencing feelings in the here-and-now, in identifying and abandoning outdated defensive patterns during the session, and in recognizing and regulating anxiety on a moment-by-moment basis as it arises in the consulting room. The result is a powerful and efficient collaboration between therapist and client in which defensive avoidance of anxiety-laden emotions, which is viewed as a major cause of psychopathology, gives way to the visceral experience of chronically avoided feelings and a concomitant reduction in suffering across multiple areas of functioning. The course will provide a practical understanding of EDT’s theory of technique and how it can be integrated into various treatment modalities to enhance the therapeutic process and improve outcomes. The course will run on:
Saturday February 29th and Sunday March 1st, 2020 from 9-5pm
Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th, 2020 from 9-5pm
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