Listen With Your Eyes with Kristin Osborn

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Friday February 9th, 2018    
0900 - 1700


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Modecenter Odense
Buchwaldsgade 48, 5000 Odense C

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How to see your clients clearly so you can offer timely and effective interventions

Your ability to see what is happening ‘in the moment’ is crucial to the timing of interventions when you work with emotions. Improve your observation and assessment skills by using ATOS, a tool originally designed for research. Learn how to identify true emotions and work more effectively with them by assessing their intensity and function. Learn how to decipher adaptive emotion from maladaptive defenses, as well as, the difference between emotional experiencing and expression.

Overall Learning Objectives:

Learn how to use a tool originally designed for research and adapt it for use in your day-to-day practice. Using the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Rating Scale (ATOS). ATOS will teach you a better way of assessing what emotions your client is experiencing and their intensity. Knowing how to do this with more precision and accuracy is helpful when you need to identify your client’s needs and what to focus on at various points throughout the course of treatment. In this workshop, you will view video recordings of psychotherapy sessions and use ATOS to identify what emotions you observe and their intensity. You will gain a very useful tool that will help you view your own work from an objective stance and make it easier to evaluate the effectiveness of your therapeutic interventions. The main purpose of this workshop is to lay the foundations for a more focused way of working with your patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn David Malan’s Triangle of Conflict and Triangle of Person and how to properly fill it out and use it
  • Learn how to see the link between an adaptive affect and healthy behavior
  • Learn how to rate the level of intensity of an adaptive affect like anger, rage, grief, sadness, joy and closeness
  • Learn how to rate levels of anxiety, guilt, shame, fear, disgust and emotional pain
  • Learn how to assess if your client is able to see their defensive affects, thoughts and behaviors
  • Learn how to determine your clients motivation for change

Learning Methods:

  • Video-segments of psychotherapy sessions
  • Interactive exercises
  • Keynote presentation
  • Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives (ATOS) Rating Scale
  • The Affect Phobia Test
  • ATOS-Trainer


  • Donovan, J., Osborn, K., & Rice, S., (2016). Preverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, Rowman and Littlefield, NY, NY
  • McCullough, L. et al, (2003). Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Guilford Press, NY, NY
  • McCullough, L., Bhatia, M., Ulvenes, P., Berggraf, L., Osborn, K., (2011), Learning how to rate video-recorded therapy sessions: A practical guide for trainees and advanced clinicians. Psychotherapy, Vol 48(2), Jun 2011, 127-137
  • Ryum, T., Store-Valen, J., Svartberg, M., Stiles, T. C., & McCullough, L. (2014). Factor analysis of the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale (ATOS) in short-term dynamic psychotherapy and cognitive therapy. Psychological Assessment, 26, 925-934. doi: 10.1037/a0036570
  • Schanche, E., Nielsen, G. H., McCullough, L., Valen, J., & Mykletun, A. (2010). Training graduate students as raters in psychotherapy process research: Reliability of ratings with the Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale (ATOS). Nordic Psychology, 62, 4-20. doi:10.1027/1901- 2276/a000013
  • Schanche, E., Stiles, T. C., McCullough, L., Svartberg, M., & Nielsen, G. H. (2011). The relationship between activating affects, inhibitory affects, and self-compassion in patients with Cluster C personality disorders. Psychotherapy, 48, 293-303. doi:10.1037/a0022012
  • Valen, J., Ryum, T., Svartberg, M., Stiles, T. C., & McCullough, L. (2011). The Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives Scale: Interrater reliability and sensitivity to change in short-term dynamic psychotherapy and cognitive therapy. Psychological Assessment, 23, 848-855. doi:10.1037/a0023649


Kristin Osborn, video segments
Kristin Osborn and Jonathon Egan, role play
Leigh McCullough, APA video segments

Contact Person

Sanne Almeborg


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