Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Day with a Master Clinician Series – Now Online!

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Saturday March 21st, 2020 - Sunday March 22nd, 2020    
0900 - 1700

Event Type

Introduction to Affect Phobia
Our Patient’s, Our Own, & Our Work with Clients

Kristin Osborn, LMHC
Harvard Medical School
Director of the Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Research Program.

Spend an enlightening one or two days with renowned Affect Phobia teacher, researcher, and master practitioner, Harvard Medical School’s Kristin Osborn, Director of the Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Research Program.  We will examine the powerful influences of affect in the lives of our patients AND ourselves, and focus on the critical interplay between the two, including how working with emotion profoundly impacts the therapist and the therapeutic alliance.

Through lecture material that incorporates essential research instruments and findings, and by watching videotapes of actual psychotherapy sessions, Kristin brings vital concepts of Affect Phobia Therapy alive.  This workshop is eminently practical, enabling you to better recognize significant moments in the room, and then respond appropriately to expeditiously move the therapy forward.  Similarly, you can avoid missing or mishandling situations and interactions that slow, sabotage, and/or stall the therapy entirely.  Careful and detailed attention will be given to the importance of each person’s individual affect alone, as well as to the critical interactions between the two individuals.

A major intent of this workshop is to explore the emotions of the therapist as they are engaged in the process of psychotherapy.  Kristin believes that most therapists, even master therapists, activate their own ‘affect phobias’ in session.  What emotional conflicts do you activate in session?  Are you able to use your emotions to guide your work?  Do they ever get in the way of treatment?  Do they ever help in treatment?

Affect Phobia Therapy (APT) is based on the premise that internal conflicts about feelings underlie most psychologically based disorders.  The late renowned Harvard Medical School psychologist and researcher Leigh McCullough developed it as a short-term dynamic psychotherapy.  APT is an integrative approach combining cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and experiential techniques.

Learning objectives for this 2-Day seminar include:

  • To learn practical & important concepts of Affect Phobia
  • To use the cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic & experiential techniques of Affect Phobia Therapy to assess & address emotional conflicts & thus improve therapeutic prowess, regardless of primary theoretical orientation.
  • To learn to assess our own emotional conflicts that routinely arise in our work with our patients
  • Increase comfort with your own emotional responses.
  • Explore the interplay between therapist and client that occur when the therapist experiences her or his own emotional conflict in session.
  • Develop mastery in noting – and USING – countertransference to benefit therapy.
  • Avoid missing therapeutic situations & interactions that engender frustration & impede therapy.
  • Deepen your compassion for and ability to be with the affect of yourself and others.  This boosts our power to face and resolve emotional difficulties in our clients & ourselves.
  • Deeply understand how taking care of ourselves WHILE trusting our unconscious communications leaves us more available to engage in an authentic & transformative therapeutic relationship.


One Day General Admission: $150

Both Days General Admission $275

Trainee Admission $40 per day for graduate students, interns or residents in training

REGISTER ONLINE AT:    Make sure you are in the part of where you can Discover, Browse or Search for  Events.  It is best to specify the location for the search as Los Angeles.  You can locate the event by searching for any of the following terms: Affect Phobia, Kristin Osborn, ISTDP.  You may also register at the door if the event is not sold out.


  • Due to the clinical material to be reviewed, this program is open only to licensed mental health professionals or trainees, and absolutely no recording is permitted.
  • Lunch breaks: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 1:30PM.  Lunch is on your own.  There are many adjacent restaurants.
  • Parking: the New Center for Psychoanalysis has a small parking lot accessible from Beloit Avenue, on which free parking can often be found. Otherwise, there is paid parking within short walking distance at the Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd. on the northwest corner of Sawtelle and Olympic Blvd.
  • Full refunds until 7 days before the Event (Saturday, 3/14/20). None thereafter.
  • CE/CME Credits: included with registration fee. A total of 6.5 hours per day for those who attend the full day. Sign-in and sign-out required. Credit given through co-sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry.
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Kristin A. R. Osborn, MA, LMHC, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, researcher, author, and an Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  She founded the Certified APT™-Training, a rigorous, evidence-based program that teaches how to assess and resolve affect phobias.  As an acclaimed trainer, she conducts workshops around the world on Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and physician self-care, and has trained over a thousand psychotherapists and mental health providers.  Kristin co-authored Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words.  Kristin is a board member and President Emeritus of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association, and serves on the board of the Society for the Exploration and Integration of Psychotherapy.  She also served as Executive Coordinator of Accreditation and Training, International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association for 7 years.  Kristin is a Trainer and Advisor to The Kaizen Brain Center in La Jolla, CA offering her in-depth experience to serve Veterans and Active Duty Military.  She is also Chief of Training and Organizational Consulting at Strategic Psychotherapeutics, LLC in Glastonbury, CT.   Additional information at

Sponsored by the West Coast ISTDP Consortium (WIC)

WIC is an interest group of clinicians engaged in learning and advancing ISTDP

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