How adolescent and family psychotherapy can inform your work with adults

An Affect Phobia Therapy workshop with Kristin A.R. Osborn
Boston MA, USA, April 9, 2016
London, England, April 16, 2016

You may be familiar with the sensation of sitting across from an adult client but feeling like you’re working with someone a lot younger. Knowing how to work with that younger person can be helpful in your practice. In this workshop, you’ll observe adolescent psychotherapy where treatment is applied closer to the origin of the trauma and the development of the self. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of this process and acquire techniques that are effective with both adolescents and adults. It will enable you to reach out and connect with clients who are stuck in the past.

Overall Learning Objectives:
In this workshop, we’ll explore how to respond therapeutically when working with a client who is struggling with symptoms related to childhood trauma, developing a strong sense of self and relationships. You’ll learn how to assess your client’s presenting psychological complaints in a way that helps you comprehend the origin of their problem and create a hypothesis for treatment. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of family dynamics and peer relationships and their impact on the development of the self. You’ll be taught how to resolve blocks that prevent a healthy sense of self, the capacity to be in relationships with others, and the ability to experience and express a wide range of emotions. You’ll learn how to apply therapeutic interventions and identify when specific treatment goals have been reached.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to assess your client and create a treatment plan
  • How to identify affect phobias in your client using APT-forms
  • How to identify affect phobias in your client’s family system and their impact on your client
  • How to develop a strong working bond with your client
  • How to help your client cultivate self-compassion
  • How to help your client experience affect exposures (grief, sadness, anger, rage, positive feelings of the self)
  • How to help your client increase their sense of self
  • How to help your client increase their ability to create healthy relationships

Learning Methods:

  • Video segments of psychotherapy sessions
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • David Malan’s Two Triangles Form

Leigh McCullough, Nat Kuhn, Stuart Andrews, Jonathon Wolf, Amelia Kaplan, and Cara Lanza Hurley, Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, 2003
Bruce D. Perry, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook-What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing, 2007

Vignettes from a parent consultation and adolescent, young adult and adult psychotherapy sessions


Boston, USA: $225.00 (early bird fees $190.00 until March 18, 2016)

London, England: £150.00 (early bird fees £125.00 until March 18, 2016)

€205.00 (early bird fees €175.00 until March 18, 2016)


KOsqKristin A. R. Osborn, MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in Affect Phobia Therapy and offers training and consultations for mental health professionals internationally. She was trained and then trained others on behalf of Dr. Leigh McCullough, Ph.D., founder of Affect Phobia Therapy. As a Certified APT-Supervisor, Kristin Osborn offers ongoing training in London, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Boston. She is President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), lecturer (part-time) at Harvard Medical School (HMS), on the advisory board of Stockholms Akademi for Psykoterpiutbildning (SAPU) and has a private practice in Concord, MA where she host the Harvard Medical School Psychotherapy Research Group on a weekly basis. She recently co-authored a chapter, “Creating Change Through Focusing on Affect: Affect Phobia Therapy,” in the book, Working with Emotions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, published by Guilford Press in 2014 and is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book, Para verbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words (in press).

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