Maximising Therapeutic Effectiveness: Improving Outcomes with Complex Clients

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Monday June 12th, 2017 - Thursday June 15th, 2017    
0900 - 1730


McIntyre house
Charlotte street, Birmingham, B3 1PT

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Upcoming Conference with Patricia Coughlin and Kristin Osborn

12-15TH June 2017 Birmingham, UK

Register now for this exciting opportunity to develop your clinical skills with internationally acclaimed trainers.

This event is highly recommended for therapists of all backgrounds to improve outcomes and develop capacity and skills. Our inspiring group of trainers will share research, theory and videos of their work.  Confirmed presenters so far include: Patricia Coughlin, Kristin Osborn, Jessica Bolton, Torben Palmer Hansen, Angela Cooper and Diane Byster. This group will share groundbreaking theory and techniques to enable you to maximise your effectiveness working with complex clinical presentations.

“Six factors are associated with brain change in adults:
(1) focus and repetition,
(2) creating and maintaining a collaborative alliance,
(3) inducing moderate levels of anxiety,
(4) facilitating multiple levels of emotional activation,
(5) creating “profound moments of meeting” &
(6) developing a coherent life narrative.”

Patricia Coughlin, 2016


Two days of presentations of theory and clinical practice are followed by two days of small group workshops. Experiential learning enhances retention and application; so our approach enables you to learn about the theory as well as to develop your clinical work in way that is personal and attuned.  Workshop options will be released in December first to those who have already registered and then to new registrants.

Early bird and IEDTA members discounts available (£510 and £440 respectively until February 2017), with limited places for each workshop and student participants (£360).

Our trainers are experienced EDT therapists who will appeal to a wide audience of therapists interested in: emotions, attachment, regulating and inducing anxiety as appropriate for healing, and those who aim to create profound moments of meeting irrespective of the model they use.

Our aim is to support the transfer of knowledge from theory to practice, from an inspiring immersion course to your consulting room.  A fabulous event in Birmingham is just the start, we want to hear your stories after the course about how your learning transformed your clinical work and professional experiences.

Our main speakers, Patricia Coughlin and Kristin Osborn have been looking for an opportunity to work with one another and so we are feeling very lucky that they have chosen to come together in Birmingham.  They share a desire to bring out the very best in their trainees; they expect a lot and give a lot in return.  They have a passion which has been passed on to countless trainees over the years, and they both use the therapeutic four letter word – LOVE – more than is often discussed in psychotherapeutic models.  This is part of their passion for getting to the emotional truth of their clients, for doing so in a highly connected way and using very specific methods.

Jessica Bolton, Torben Palmer Hansen, Angela Cooper and Diane Byster have also confirmed that they will be offering workshops.   These experiential, engaging presenters will facilitate excellent workshops that bring the theory to life and into your clinical practice. Find out more on our presenters page.

A bit about the models our presenters use:

EDT stands for Experiential Dynamic Therapy. It is an “umbrella term” which applies Habib Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and a number of therapies which arose out of his work.

There is a substantial body of research demonstrating that EDT treatment is rapid and effective, with gains maintained and even enhanced at long-term follow-up.  This model integrates the latest research on the neuroscience of emotion regulation, biofeedback, attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, and experiential learning.

The Experiential Dynamic Therapies share a number of characteristics. They are all:

  • Psychodynamic: they are built on parts of Freudian psychoanalytic theory, in that they work with conflicting unconscious forces within the psyche, with a particular focus on defenses, anxiety, avoided feelings, and transference.  Other aspects of psychoanalytic theory and practice are de-emphasized and even rejected.

  • Experiential: EDTs emphasize the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding healthy emotions during psychotherapy sessions, because simply talking about emotions is not sufficient to bring therapeutic change.

  • Relational: EDTs focus on emotional closeness and attachment, and make central use of the therapeutic relationship for both assessment and treatment.

  • Transformation-oriented: the goal of the EDTs is to help patients achieve meaningful change as rapidly as possible; for many patients, this means a fundamental shift in their orientation to themselves, their relationships, and the world.  While many EDTs retain the words “short-term” in their titles, the foremost goal of an EDT is to achieve significant, lasting change.  In many cases, therapy is dramatically shorter than traditional long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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