Mastering the trial therapy in ISTDP - A day with Patricia Coughlin online

Nov 23 2020 12:00 - 20:00


Mastering the Art of the Trial Therapy in ISTDP by employing the Central Dynamic Sequence


In this video based webinar you will learn how to work effectively with a highly resistant patient with both a character-disorder and anxiety and depression. You will observe the process of a trial therapy, in which a specific set of interventions, the central dynamic sequence, is employed as a vehicle for determining the nature of the unconscious conflicts responsible for the patients symptoms and suffering, as well as suitability for treatment with Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). 

You will learn how to:

1) Conduct a dynamic inquiry, allowing you to assess the nature, history and severity of the presenting problems, and determine the patient's current ego adaptive capacity
2) Assess and regulate anxiety, keeping it in the optimal zone
3) Acquaint the patient with both characterological defenses and specific defenses against specific anxiety provoking feelings in order to turn her against them.
4) Facilitate the breakthrough of complex mixed feelings in the transference
5) Understand and integrate thee material de-repressed once the unconscious is open and fluid
6) How to conduct the trial therapy in such a way as to accelerate and condense the therapeutic process, achieving results in weeks and months, rather than years.

Dr. Patricia Coughlin is a clinical psychologist, supervisor and author of three books on psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her first book, Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique, is a classic in the field. 

Coughlin's second book, Lives Transformed, was written in collaboration with David Malan in 2006. 

Her latest book from 2016 is entitled Maximizing Therapeutic Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy. ISTDP was developed specifically to make psychotherapy more effective, specifically with highly resistant patients. 

Patricia Coughlin has studied directly with Habib Davanloo, the pioneer who developed this method. We have had the great pleasure of having Patricia as our supervisor, and would like more people to learn from one of the masters in psychodynamic therapy. 

As a supervisor in this field, she excels with a strong personal commitment to help you understand the larger lines of the client's psychodynamics, using dynamic inquiry to develop and then actively test hypothesis driven from a tentative case formulation. 

Her dialect in performing this method is distinct, with a rare ability to help you quickly pick up on the clients core conflicts and patterns. Here, we will feature a case in which an Oedipal conflict emerges unmistakably. 

We will learn to identify triangular conflicts involving jealousy and rivalry, as well as understanding how to help resolve them. These conflicts are common, yet often overlooked and misunderstood. 

Patricia´s teachings add complexity, depth and meaning to the journey of learning how to apply this method.  

Specific prior knowledge is not a necessity.

All participants must be licensed mental health professionals or registered students in such a program, adhere to the confidentiality agreement below*, and keep the camera on their computer on throughout the training. 

Click here for more information on Patricia Coughlin

For additional questions contact the course coordinator at Psykologvirke, Hilde Goksøyr: hilde@psykologvirke.no

Standard price NOK (kr) 1600,- / approx 170 USD

Students 600,- NOK (kr) approx 65 USD

Discounted tickets available on request. 

The time is 12-20 CET with a break from 1530-1630 CET

Link for participation via zoom will be provided. 

You can easily register using the button below.

This is probably something you do not want to miss! Hope to see you all!



*The audiovisual demonstration portion of this training is possible due to the generosity and trust of patients who gave permission to use recordings of their sessions for teaching purposes so that therapists can improve their techniques. As such, we have an obligation to ensure complete privacy to the patients who have allowed this valuable contribution to our training. By registering to this webinar you confirm being a licenced mental health professional and agree to the followinng:

To not electronically or in any other way (i.e., transcription) copy, record or duplicate the presented case material. To not refer to the case material presented in any way that can compromise the clients confidentiality. To view the material in an area that is entirely private and will not be shared with, viewed by or made accessible in any way to anyone else. To be held fully responsible for any violations to these conditions as well as consequences resulting from these violations.

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