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5th Swedish Immersion in ISTDP with Dr Allan Abbass

25 August 2016 - 27 August 2016


Reaching Through Resistance: Assessing and treating patients across the spectrum with ISTDP

This 3–day immersion will provide a detailed study of the full spectra of patients who can benefit from Davanloo’s ISTDP. These 86% of referred patients span from healthy patients with loss to patients with severe personality disorders.

This video based immersion will detail the metapsychology of the ISTDP approach, how to initiate the process, how to assess systems of resistance and levels of anxiety, how to mobilize the unconscious pathogenic feelings, how to build capacity, and how to work through with patients.

The objective is to provide knowledge on the basis and methods of this powerful treatment system, which you can use to inform your psychotherapy practice now. This information is particularly helpful to understand and handle treatment resistance. A couple of case presentations will also be provided in Swedish by local ISTDP trainers Tobias Nordqvist and Peter Lilliengren.

The immersion is open to mental health professionals and students. It can be a component of Core Training, adds to supervision based training, and will cover the following areas:

  • Overview of Davanloo’s Metapsychology of the Unconscious
  • Overview of the spectrum of suitable patients with videotape illustrations
  • Psychodiagnostic assessment to determine resistance and level of anxiety
  • Nature of interventions including pressure, challenge, and head-on-collision with resistance
  • Timing of interventions
  • Various forms of Unlocking of the Unconscious


25 August 2016
27 August 2016
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