Affect Focus Dynamic Therapy: How to work with emotions compassionately

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Friday September 22nd, 2017    
0900 - 1630


GTS konferens
Erik Dahlbergsgatan 9, Göteborg

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A One Day Workshop with Kristin Osborn

  • My client is too anxious or defensive to allow themselves to experience and express emotions in my presence.
  • Childhood trauma is a barrier to my client’s healing process.
  • My client is stuck and nothing I do seems to be helping.
  • I’m encountering overwhelming resistance and its triggering me in unhelpful ways.

These types of thoughts are common for therapists and we typically see them as problems to be solved as we try to help our clients face challenges. If this is happening to you, you might be closer to a breakthrough than you realize, you just need a different perspective.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to assess what’s happening ‘in session’ and how to confidently respond so your client can transform resistance into motivation for change. You’ll learn how to work in a compassionate, authentic and collaborative way so your clients feel empowered to face all of their emotions and experience a sense of deep internal connection that allows them to laugh when happy, cry when sad, set limits when angry, love wholeheartedly, have compassion for themselves and others and feel acceptance and joy about living.

This is an integrated, experiential, emotion-focused psychodynamic model of psychotherapy that integrates techniques from psychodynamic, behavioral and experiential therapies. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to utilize CBT techniques and how to master the triangles that illuminate work in APT, AEDP, ISTDP and more. We’ll teach you how to use what you know within the APT paradigm so you can become your very own ‘good enough’ therapist.

This model is effective in treating anxiety, depression, self-defeating behaviors, and somatic complaints. Case-series research, videotaped over the past 30 years, has established the effectiveness of the APT method in both short and long term follow-up.
This training includes theoretical and clinical instruction with video segments of psychotherapy sessions and experiential exercises with role-playing and therapy demonstrations.

Contact Person: Kjell Carlstroem

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Kristin A. R. Osborn, MA, LMHC was trained by Dr. Leigh McCullough, PhD, founder of Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), and then trained others on her behalf. She founded the Certified APT™-Training Program in 2009 and presents internationally, offering ongoing training in Boston, London, Stockholm and Amsterdam. She is a lecturer (part-time) in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the Director of HMS Psychotherapy Research Program and has recently launched a research study on therapist affect phobia and its impact on patient outcome. Her passion is teaching clinicians how to integrate research in their clinical training and she developed the ATOS-Therapist Scale, Accessibility Scale, and Congruent/Incongruent Scale, which are featured in her book, Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, Rowman & Littlefield (2016). Kristin is President Emeritus of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), on the advisory board of the AffectFokus Institute and Stockholms Akademi for Psychkoterapiutbildning (SAPU) and a member of the continuing education faculty at William James College and RINO-Noord Holland. She has published articles and chapters on training clinicians including, Learning how to rate video-recorded therapy sessions: A Practical Guide for Trainees & Advanced Clinicians, Psychotherapy Journal (2011); On-line Supervision in Affect Phobia Therapy, Using Technology to Enhance Counselor Supervision, American Psychological Association (2016); and Creating Change Through Focusing on Affect: Affect Phobia Therapy, Working on Emotions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, Guilford Press (2014).

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