Virtual Open House
Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Patient
Sponsored by the Intensive Short Term
Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
For a fragile patient to form a therapeutic alliance, she must feel safe in her body, and she must feel safe with the therapist. In this presentation, we will view videotapes of work with fragile patients, showing how to regulate anxiety so the patient can feel safe in her body, and how to address projections so the patient can feel safe with the therapist. Many times, therapy fails because fragile patients are too anxious. Videotapes will illustrate common signals that anxiety is too high, so you can identify it sooner and regulate it more easily.
The videotape presentation will be followed by a question and answer period to discuss clinical issues raised by the videos and participants’ clinical experience.
1. Identify three signs of anxiety in the fragile patient
2. Identify three skills of regulating anxiety: body scan, cognitive recap, and mobilization of awareness.
3. Identify four defenses that can block the formation of an alliance such as projection, splitting, dissociation and detachment.
4. Learn therapeutic skills to address these defenses, such as raising awareness of the defenses, addressing consequences of defenses, and activating the patient’s will to turn against the defenses.
9:00 - 9:30 Introduction to the concept of fragility
9:30 - 10:30 video presentation of cases
10:30 - 10:45 coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 skill building exercises
About the Presenter:
Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands. He is the author of over fifty published papers and four books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and Co-Creating Safety: healing the fragile patient. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi, Polish, and Slovak, and is currently being translated into Hebrew and Spanish. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been published in Polish, Farsi, Norwegian, and Danish, and is currently being translated into German. He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites www.istdpinstitute.com and www.deliberatepracticeinpsychotherapy.com There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at www.facebook.com/DynamicPsychotherapy .
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