Certified APT™-Core Training with Kristin Osborn

Short Description

Certified APT™-Core Training is an experiential, intensive, hands-on, group learning experience for mental health clinicians. Trainees meet 3-6 weekends a year, for three years, to learn how to utilize the theory and techniques of Affect Phobia Therapy in their practices.
Each training weekend includes presenting video segments of psychotherapy sessions, research, exploring case studies, role-playing exercises, and setting goals for professional development. Trainees receive 50% theoretical and clinical instruction and 50% consultation. Upon completion, participants are eligible to become a Certified APT™-Therapist and receive a Certified IEDTA-Core Training Certificate of Completion.

Overall Learning Objectives

Trainees learn how to assess and treat an ‘Affect Phobia’ as described in Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual (McCullough, et all, 2003). In the process of their training, trainees develop the ability to work with Malan’s Two Triangles (Malan, 1979), and master the fine art of assessment: differentiating between adaptive and maladaptive feelings, and creating a working core conflict formulation. Trainees also learn how to help clients with anxiety regulation, restructuring defenses and affect exposures.
As foundational objectives are mastered, more advanced elements of the model are introduced. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of practice, the ability to accept and use constructive feedback, and the ability to identify and work with internal feelings, as well as, the ability to make a thorough assessment, create treatment plans, and prepare for termination.
Research is an integral part of this program and students are trained to use the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale (ATOS) and the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale-Therapist (ATOS-Therapist) to code ten-minute segments of psychotherapy sessions.

Training Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying Affect Phobias in your client
  • Identifying Affect Phobias in your client’s family system
  • Treating an Affect Phobia
  • Creating a working core conflict formulation
  • Applying therapeutic interventions
  • Regulating anxiety
  • Restructuring defenses
  • Developing a strong working bond with your client
  • Helping your client cultivate self-compassion
  • Helping your client experience affect exposures (grief, sadness, anger, rage, positive feelings of the self)
  • Helping your client increase their sense of self
  • Helping your client increase their ability to create healthy relationships
  • Using the ATOS and ATOS-Therapist scale

Learning Methods

  • Video segments of psychotherapy sessions
  • Monthly Certified APT™-Webinars
  • Enrollment in Certified APT™-Master Classes
  • IEDTA Membership
  • Audio-video recordings of consultations
  • Annual Certified APT™-Consultation
  • Interactive exercises
  • Keynote presentations
  • APT-Forms
  • APT-Research Scales


Donovan, J., Osborn, K., & Rice,S. (2016) Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, New York: l Rowman & Littlefied McCullough Vaillant, L. (1997). Changing Character: Short-Term Anxiety Regulating Psychotherapy for Restructuring Defences, Affects and Attachment. New York: Basic Books.
McCullough, L., Kuhn, N., Andrews, S., Kaplan, A., Wolf, J., & Lanza Hurley, C. (2004). Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. New York: The Guilford Press.
Malan, D. H. (1979). Individual psychotherapy and the science of psychodynamics, London: Butterworths.
Panksepp (1998) Affective Neuroscience. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Perry, B and Szalavitz, M (2007), The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. New York, Basic Books.
Valiant, George (1993) The Wisdom of the Ego, Cambridge, First Harvard Cambridge Press.

Video segments from psychotherapy sessions

Applicant Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a curriculum vitae (résumé) detailing their work as a therapist, and a statement of interest demonstrating their motivation for working with Affect Phobia Therapy. If accepted into the core training, they are required to bring a copy of their license (or proof of registration or accreditation as a therapist, or relevant equivalent, for those practicing countries outside the US) and malpractice insurance, or proof of enrollment in an accredited university, as well as the name and contact information of their site supervisor.

$3,310.00. USD per year (includes Certified IEDTA-Core Training and Pay Pal Fee)

* NOTE: All core trainings are subject to approval by Kristin Osborn. Please make sure you have been approved by Kristin before making payments.




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