AEDP Institute

SEMINAR: Steve Shapiro, PhD – San Francisco, CA

Transforming Resistance: Working with the Challenges of Defense & Anxiety

an AEDP Seminar
at Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur, CA
with Steve Shapiro, PhD

This course is for Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, Masters and Doctoral students and interns in mental health and the healing arts and sciences.


Ironically, many clients interfere with the very progress they seek either through their own resistance to the psychotherapy process or because their anxiety is too high and there is too much dysregulation to use the process effectively. Not infrequently, they terminate prematurely before reaching their goals.  This results in tragic consequences for the client, as well as frustration and a sense of failure for the therapist. While clients enter treatment with conscious motivation, resistance is unconscious and, therefore, difficult to address without a coherent system. Therapists typically interpret resistance in a personal way becoming confused, frustrated, and hopeless, with a tendency to hold the client responsible and label him/her as “unmotivated or resistant”. Participants will learn to move beyond resistance and simple symptom management into deep, transformational processes that releases resources of health and resilience. Learn to accelerate treatment using innovative techniques that implore clients to abandon chronic coping patterns that were once necessary, but have long outlived their usefulness and are now causing untoward suffering.

Therapists offer the promise of help often based on the presumption that the client will arrive with sufficient initial motivation, openness and willingness to face painful realities. Frequently this is not the case. Clinicians are rarely adequately prepared to address resistance directly and therapeutically, making it difficult to help more challenging clients.  Defenses can be seen as “a problem,” rather than an inevitable part of the process; defense restructuring can mistakenly be understood as an adversarial task, that we then avoid, rather than a compassionate and collaborative venture.

Therapists of all orientations and levels of experience will gain a clear understanding of the nature and function of defences, and ways to transform them therapeutically so clients can align with the healthy, buried and previously inaccessible internal resources, as well as effective ways to regulate anxiety when it is too high. The principles taught can be readily integrated with your existing orientation and skill set. By adopting an active, focused, precise, experiential, attachment-based and emotionally engaged stance, therapists can create the safety and attunement necessary for patients to risk abandoning their resistance and shift to healthier functioning. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the healing process for clients, but also to help clinicians practice in a way that substantially reduces counter transference, is deeply rewarding, effective, and authentic, fully compatible with your personal and professional history.

Learning Objectives:

  • construct reliable, internal clinical maps that will flexibly and accurately guide assessment of the patient and, consequently, therapist interventions/ clinical stance, particularly understanding the difference between high anxiety and high defense.
  • demonstrate the ability to respond in the moment effectively to the patient’s need based on a moment to moment psychodiagnostic assessment of various aspects of the patient’s experience, especially considering whether the patient is responding with high anxiety or high defense
  • relate practical clinical skills as rapidly as possible to  function in an effective, deep and efficient manner (technique).
  • create a therapy style that is not only effective, accelerated and reduces suffering as rapidly as possible (patient benefit), but that is authentic and unique for each individual clinician, based on his both his/her professional experience/orientation, as well as his/her personality.  (professional development).
  • integrate therapist awareness of his/her emotional reactions in various scenarios, to develop greater affect/anxiety tolerance, to welcome and use countertransference in a positive/effective manner (personal/emotional)

Meet the Presenters

Steve Shapiro, PhD

Steve ShapiroSteve Shapiro, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia and has over twenty years clinical and teaching experience.  He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), such as Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), since the mid-1990’s. He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute and has been studying with Dr. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, since 2003

Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training internationally.  His presentations are often commended for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied immediately in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations.

For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform Dr. Shapiro’s specializations and approach to transforming resistance with those who are considered challenging due to a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.


Date, Time and Location

Date: Saturday, February 9th thru Sunday, February 10th, 2019
(must register for both days, cannot attend one day only).

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Location:
Hospice by the Bay
17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Larkspur, CA  94939


Agenda

February 9, 2019

9:00 – 9:30
Introduction/ overview

9:30 – 10:45
Moment to moment tracking

10:45 – 11:00
Break

11:00 – 12:30
Understanding high anxiety/dysregulation and high defense/resistance. Two different skill sets

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch

1:30 – 2:30
Treatment of high defense

2:30 – 3:45
Treatment of high defense: video demonstration and discussion

3:30 – 3:45
Break

3:45 – 4:00
Group exercises

4:00 – 4:30
Q&A/Wrap-up

 

February 10, 2019

9:00 – 9:30
Follow up from Day 1.Q & A

9:30 – 10:45
Understanding resistance to connection with therapist: Didactic and video demonstration

10:45 – 11:00
Break

11:00 – 12:30
Treatment of high anxiety

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch

1:30 – 3:30
Treatment of high anxiety: video demonstration and discussion

3:30 – 3:45
Break

3:45 – 4:00
Understanding portrayals

4:00 – 4:30
Q&A/Wrap-up


Fees, Credits and Registration:

  • Member Price $300
  • Non-Member Early Bird $375 (ends January 10, 2019)
  • Non-Member Regular Price $390 (begins January 11, 2019)
  • Registration Day of: $450
  • Students and Interns: $50
  • Diversity Scholarships: $150

Event Registration

Diversity Scholarships:

To apply:
email:  Matt Fried and Yuko Hanakawa, Co-Chairs, The Diversity Committee at
aedp.dscholarship@gmail.com
with the name of this seminar, Applicants Name, license type, Agency/hospital

(D.S. criteria is listed below)

Diversity Scholarships (DS) are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need and membership in one or more diversity categories (listed at the bottom of the page).

All prospective trainees who have financial needs such that they could not take AEDP training without DS, are encouraged to apply. Those applicants who are ethnic/racial minority, sexual orientation minority, immigrants, and/or who work for underserved, financially struggling patient populations are given priority in receiving the DS. Socio-economic disadvantage is considered a legitimate and distinct diversity category while at the same time linked to other diversity categories.


Continuing Education

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 13 CE hours.

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.  13 clock hours.

Social Workers R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 13 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY:R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 13 contact hours live in-person.
OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 13 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists:
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL:  R. Cassidy Seminars is approved to offer continuing education to Marriage and Family Therapists by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provider #168000141.  13 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.
NY-LMHCs:R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015.  13 contact hours.
NY-LMFTs:R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 13 contact hours.
OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 13 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs.  Provider Number 151.  13 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. 13 contact hours.

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Event Details:

Date/Time

02/09/2019 - 02/10/2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Location

Hospice by the Bay
17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Larkspur, CA 94939,

 
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