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Event Details - BRIEF PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY: An active workshop for applying time-limited dynamic psychotherapy within an existing clinical practice.

Title: BRIEF PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY: An active workshop for applying time-limited dynamic psychotherapy within an existing clinical practice.
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Be able to differentiate between long and brief psychodynamic therapy.
  2. Know some of the historical development and current approaches to TLDP.
  3. Discern which clients are appropriate/inappropriate for TLDP.
  4. Be clear about the role and skills of the TLDP.
  5. Understand the meaning and usefulness of Transference and Countertransference.
  6. Develop the capability to stay focused on goals and modify the therapeutic approach so as to provide competent brevity.
  7. Develop a familiarity of the three phases of the TLDP process.

This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health website for more information. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

Morning Session 

(includes 15 minute morning tea break) 

  • What is Brief Psychodynamic Therapy? History of development and how it differs from Long Term Psychodynamic Therapy (LTPD).
  • Understanding its applications and what it demands of the therapist.
  • The therapy process: assessment; selecting a goal; the role of the Therapist; transference and countertransference. 

Afternoon Session

(includes 15 minute afternoon tea break)

  • Forming small groups
  • Case studies and group experiential work.
  • Discussion and question time.

Evaluation and closing. 

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

As there has been a significant increase in demand for mental health services and a requirement for economical ‘less is more treatment approaches’, skills in brief, focused therapies are becoming necessary. With Psychodynamic Therapy noted for its emphasis on the unconscious, transferences, childhood patterns, and defence mechanisms, one might wonder how it could be adapted to be an effective brief therapy. Yet, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP) is proving to be an important adjunct to any integrated practitioner’s armory. This workshop is an opportunity to understand and enjoy its historical and theoretical development, methods, and applications. Course participants will learn the criteria to differentiate between those clients who will and will not benefit from Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and to make an informed assessment and diagnosis that guides the focus of the TLDP. Participants will also become acquainted with the beginning, middle, and end phases of this form of therapy and the requirements and role of the therapist in each phase. Included will be the various options available at the end of therapy such as onward referral, continuing, ending etc., and considerations as to which is most suitable for each client. In addition to case studies, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to make an assessment. In order to maximize active learning, groups will formulate questions and goals for the ‘client’ (portrayed by the presenter, based on case material), and feedback will be provided by the presenter and course participants.

Start/End Date: 10/10/2019 to 10/10/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Ari Badaines
Contact Name: The Program Director
Contact Phone: 1300 887 622
Contact Email:
Qualifications: PhD MAPS Psychotherapy, Sydney (Australia)

Dr Ari Badaines trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a post-doctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also has led workshops in over twenty countries. Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. The main theoretical orientation of his training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he had many years of supervised, clinical practice, including a one year predoctoral internship at a psycho-analytic training institute in New York. As the demands for therapy grew, the ‘payer’ (governments, insurance companies, clients) demanded more parsimonious approaches, Ari undertook trainings to develop the skills for TLDP. He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults to treatment organisations and supervises other therapists; he is a popular presenter for PDP and runs trainings in the UK and Europe twice a year.

Address: Park Regis North Quay, 293 North Quay
Address 2: 222 Russell Street
Suburb: Melbourne
State: VIC
Postcode: 3000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
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Cost ($): Standard registration $288
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