Wednesday, February 6, 2019
4:00–6:00 p.m.


Angello Alumni House

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Evidence Base and Video Illustration

There are now approximately 200 randomized controlled trials of short-term dynamic psychotherapy methods. In this talk, Allan Abbass, M.D., will update the audience on the current evidence for short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies and, specifically, the method of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy. He’ll provide a video illustration of the method to describe some of the purported therapeutic processes, which include an emphasis on the somatic experience of unprocessed feelings related to attachment trauma.

About the Speaker

Allan Abbass

Dr. Abbass is a professor of psychiatry and psychology and the founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. Abbass, who completed a residency in family medicine at McGill University and a psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto, is a leading teacher and researcher in the field of short-term psychotherapy. He has contributed to more than 200 publications and written the books Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques (Seven Leaves Press, 2015) and Hidden From View: A Clinician’s Guide to Psychophysiologic Disorders (Psychophysiologic Press, 2018).

He has been both a lead and co-investigator in research into intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders and somatic symptom disorders. In addition, Dr. Abbass has received various teaching awards, including a national teaching award in psychiatry and the Douglas Utting Prize for contributions to the treatment of depression. A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Abbass has also been honored with visiting professorships at institutions worldwide, most recently at the Tavistock Clinic in London, United Kingdom.

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Sponsored by the Lindemann Lectures in Human Development

For further information, please contact:

Janet Baronian
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