2019 International Conference of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA)


Co-sponsors: the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), William James College and the Washington School of Psychiatry.

New Frontiers in Experiential Dynamic Therapy

Thursday - Saturday, September 26 - 28, 2019
Hyatt Regency Boston, Massachusetts

“Experiential Dynamic Therapy” (EDT) refers to a group of psychodynamic psychotherapies that focus on the healing power of deep affective experience in the context of the therapist-patient dyad and other attachment relationships. Built on groundbreaking work of Habib Davanloo and others, EDT is now one of the best-researched forms of short-term therapy, with demonstrated efficacy in treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and somatoform disorders. EDTs include Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Leigh McCullough’s Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), Diana Fosha’s Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and others.

After previous highly successful conferences in Milan, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Aarhus (Denmark), Vancouver, Oxford (UK), and Amsterdam, the IEDTA’s 2019 International Conference will take place in Boston’s historic Theater District.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Edward Tronick, Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Director of its Child Development Unit (CDU). At the CDU, he conducts research on the social-emotional development of infants, the effects of stress on infants and mothers, including mothers with depression and anxiety disorders. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a co-founder and former faculty member of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, a founding member of the Boston Process of Change Group, and chief faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship program. In 1970, he worked with T. B. Brazelton on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS); more recently, he collaborated with B. M. Lester on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Exam. Dr. Tronick developed “The Still Face Paradigm, ”which investigates the natural human process of connection between infant and parent, and shows the profoundly negative effects on the infant of parental non-responsiveness. One of the most replicated findings in developmental psychology, it is considered a cornerstone of attachment theory. The author of more than 200 scientific articles, Dr. Tronick has presented at US and international psychodynamic organizations and makes frequent expert appearances on national radio and television programs. He is recipient of numerous awards, and numerous grants from the NIH and NSF. His book, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children, has been hailed as a “tour de force.”

Other confirmed presenters include most of the leading figures in the EDT field:
Allan Abbass, Michael Alpert, Leone Baruh, Kees Cornelissen, Patricia Coughlin, Jon Frederickson, Susan Hajkowski, Roger Sandvik Hansen, Robert Johansson, Nat Kuhn, Jeffrey Magnavita, Robert Neborsky, Kristin Osborn, Tony Rousmaniere, Albert Sheldon, Joel Town, José Verpoort, and Beatrice Winstanley.

Video recording of psychotherapy sessions is integral to EDT teaching, supervision, and research. As such, all clinical presentations will be accompanied by video of actual therapy sessions. Conference-goers have an unparalleled opportunity to sample a wide variety of stylistic variations in the practice of EDT. Because the conference includes patient video, it is open only to licensed professionals and students in full-time training to become licensed professionals.

Since the beginning, EDT practitioners have worked to apply its core tenets to new problems and in new settings. This conference celebrates this work on “new frontiers” with sessions on the following topics in relation to EDT:

• Addictions
• Attachment
• Countertransference and Therapist Affect
• Couple, Family, Child, and Adolescent Therapy
• Deliberate Practice
• Highly Resistant Complex Cases
• Inpatient and Group Treatment
• Live Demonstrations
• Medically Unexplained Symptoms
• Research
• Serious, Persistent Mental Illness
• Technology

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