St. Paul, Minnesota Workshop • Eileen M. Russell, Ph.D.

Restoring Resilience: Transformative Therapy at Work
A Workshop at the Minnesota Humanities Center, sponsored by the Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

with Eileen M. Russell, Ph.D.

As clinicians, we marvel at clients who bound back from severe trauma and worry about others whose recovery seems glacial. How do we understand resilience if we resist a black and white way of understanding it? Can we promote it in our clients?  Is building resilience simply a matter of acquiring skills that were missed along the way, or might it be an inherent capacity already working on the client’s behalf all the time?  Is a resilience orientation compatible with depth-oriented psychotherapy?

This presentation will explore a way of opening our minds and hearts to the partner-in-healing that resides in each of our clients.

Through videotape and discussion, Dr. Eileen Russell will show how the work of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) focuses on affect, the body, and the therapeutic relationship to restore resilience.  She will outline a theory of resilience that is detailed in her upcoming book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing, and show how healing involves a movement from expressions of resilience as resistance, to expressions that help people transform, thrive and flourish.

You will learn how to:

  • Define the essence of resilience from a depth-oriented, experiential perspective
  • Distinguish between resilience potential and resilient capacity
  • Describe how resilience may be expressed through resistance or through transformance
  • Understanding of the basic theoretical concepts and practical interventions of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Understanding of the concepts of self-in-transition and the transformational other
  • Use AEDP skills to help clients move to more open, expansive expressions of resilience in the processing of healing attachment trauma
  • Explain the importance of deepening naturally-occurring positive emotional experience in restoring mature resilience

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.


Registration Closed
Continuing Education Units including CMEs for MDs are available for this workshop.
Questions? Contact Mary Androff, M.D. at

Event Details:


8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
St Paul, MN

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