Somatic symptom disorders and major depression are very common causes of long-term patient suffering and excess healthcare in social system costs. Because of complicated personality factors, most of the patients with these conditions are treatment resistant. They fail to respond to traditional treatments and suffer long term disabilities. Many have severe anxiety with dissociation or a high degree of defensiveness that prevents treatment engagement.
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy or ISTDP is an intensive, emotion focused psychotherapy, developed to address factors that may block the effectiveness of traditional treatment. ISTDP works by rapidly diagnosing and managing treatment resistance and complexity through handling of defenses and building necessary emotional capacities. Through this front-end work, underlying memories and feelings about attachment trauma can be experienced and processed.
ISTDP has a robust and steadily growing research basis demonstrating that it is effective and cost effective with anxiety, somatic, depressive, and personality disorders. It has produced the highest remission rate for Treatment Resistant Depression in any published outcome study with gains maintained in follow-up. It has been subjected to 20 studies for the full spectrum of somatic symptom disorders and shown to be highly cost effective.
This 2-day immersion course will identify and provide a framework for understanding the various types of depression and somatic symptom presentations in your clinical practice and demonstrate the psychodiagnostic and treatment processes aimed at getting to the roots of these resistances. This course offers rich video illustrations from actual psychotherapy sessions across the spectrum of patients with this condition including those with comorbid somatic symptom, anxiety and dissociative disorders.
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