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Transforming Resistance in an Accelerated Manner: Working with the Challenges of Defense & Anxiety

WHEN:  June 1, 2019 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE: Oakham House, Ryerson, 63 Gould Street, Toronto

COST: $185

EARLY BIRD FEE: $165 by April 30th, 2019

Cancellation Policy: $50 non-refundable fee after May 2nd, 2019. This training may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received by April 30th. You will be notified and your payment refunded in that event. 

In this workshop, participants will learn to compassionately, efficiently and effectively intervene to transform resistance with challenging patients who have a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation. Because these barriers are universal, therapists of all orientations will benefit from acquiring a systematic skill set that implores clients to abandon destructive coping patterns once necessary for survival, which have long outlived their usefulness and are now a source of untoward suffering. These innovative techniques will robustly expand your clinical toolkit, regardless of your existing approach. 

Participants will learn how to track important aspects of the client’s internal experience in a systematic and precise manner, to be able to understand your client functionally based on the vital interplay of feeling, anxiety, and defense. This recognition will provide you with a powerful guide to inform your interactions in a highly attuned manner. By the end of this training, you will be able to determine your client’s level of anxiety and affect tolerance, anxiety pathways, defensive operations, capacity for rapid change, and assets for growth, as well as ways to intervene optimally based on these factors. 


 The most innovative and highly-rated aspect of this workshop is the extensive use of actual patient video material to demonstrate the clinical principles presented in the learning modules. The majority of teaching is done using video demonstration accompanied by ongoing discussion and micro-tracking analysis. This format discourages a theoretical focus, and permits a highly practical, skill building emphasis to learn methods for rapidly assessing and intervening with a wide range of patients and presenting problems. A variety of videos will be shown, beginning with minimal defense and anxiety, and progressing to increasing levels of resistance and complexity. Various presentations will be demonstrated including: depression and/or anxiety, attachment trauma, acute trauma, personality disturbance, acting out/ self-destructive behavior, substance abuse, dissociation, paranoia and psychotic conditions in order to demonstrate different ways of intervening based on the clinical presentation. 


Steven S.  Shapiro, Ph.D., C.Psych,is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia with over twenty-five years of clinical and international teaching experience including  Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP). He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute in New York City. He is well known for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied in settings by therapists of all orientations. For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at an emergency psychiatric hospital where he worked with involuntarily committed patients with severe disorders.  This intensive experience informs his approach to transforming resistance with challenging patients who have a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.  

There will be a small Master Class offered by Steven Shapiro, Ph.D., C.Psych, on Sunday June 2, 2019 for those with some formal  training in AEDP. Please inform AEDP Toronto if you are interested in attending.