THREE DAY WORKSHOP with Dr STEPHEN ARTHEY
18 – 20 NOVEMBER 2016, Quay West Suites, SYDNEY
While treatment-resistant depression can be defined as a depression that has failed to respond to at least one course of medication and one course of psychological treatment, in practice it is often a catch-all term for patients whose symptoms have a depressive component amongst many other symptoms, including personality disorders, which have failed to respond to multiple medications and psychological treatments. These patients often have helplessness, passivity, defiance, irritability, intellectualization and externalization dominating their interpersonal style of relating (defense system). They can induce strong counter-transference responses in therapists (as well as most people they know!), as they have a repression of their emotions, instantly turning rage inwards on themselves and, unconsciously, interacting in ways that draws irritation and anger from others onto themselves.
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a brief psychodynamic therapy that directly targets unconscious emotional processes that can impact on a person to produce or exacerbate depression as well as other symptom disorders and personality disorders. ISTDP aims to directly address emotional repression and interpersonal avoidance patterns through the resolution of past and current unconscious conflicts.
This three-day immersion training will focus on the helping participants develop the skills required to:
Dr Stephen Arthey is a clinical psychologist at the Melbourne Centre for ISTDP and an internationally respected practitioner and teacher of ISTDP. He has published peer-reviewed articles on the theory and application of ISTDP, provides supervision in ISTDP and has conducted training workshops and presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.