Sunday, March 5, 2017
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
One South Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530

Paul Wachtel: Integrating Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems Approaches To Enhance Treatment Effectiveness

4 CE credits

This conference is designed to be relevant to licensed mental health professionals at all levels of training and experience.

Conference Summary

Paul Wachtel, Ph.D., is a leader in the field of relational psychotherapy. His writings emphasize the integration of different modes of thinking and how different psychotherapy schools of thought can be integrated to enhance your work with individuals, couples and families.

Dr. Wachtel will discuss how psychodynamically guided work can be usefully complemented by ideas and methods from other treatment modalities. For instance, many aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) converge with important elements of relational psychoanalysis. Dr. Wachtel emphasizes how the relationship between patient and therapist contributes to corrective emotional experiences and to change. This conference will include clinical examples and videos of therapy sessions to clarify and illustrate how effective treatment emerges from an integrative, relatonally based treatment model.

Dr. Jerry Gold will be discussing the importance of Dr. Wachtel’s work in psychotherapy integration and relational psychotherapy. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to formulate comments to patients that enhance the clinical process and to avoid comments that are subtly and implicitly accusatory or demeaning.
  2. Discuss how problematic personality patterns can be understood as deriving from vicious circles in which the internal world and the world of daily experience mutually recreate each other.
  3. Identify the difference between rationalistic and constructivistic CBT.
  4. Discuss the convergences between relational psychoanalysis and elements of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Conference Speakers

Paul Wachtel, Ph.D., is CUNY Distinguished Professor at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has made, and continues to make, significant and groundbreaking contributions to psychology and psychotherapy. He is the author of Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy (2008), Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy (2011), Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to Say When (2011) and Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society (2014). The titles of Dr. Wachtel’s books reflect the range of his interests and his ongoing focus on understanding people in the context of societal, cultural, racial and relational influences.

In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Wachtel is on the editorial boards of several journals and is the recipient of numerous awards from American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 29 and 39. He is a past president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Dr. Wachtel’s practice is in Manhattan.

Jerry Gold, Ph.D. ’80, ABPP, professor of psychology in the Derner Institute at Adelphi University, is a former editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is currently a member of the editorial boards of several journals. His private clinical practice is in Great Neck, New York.

Conference Schedule

All events take place in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rooms 201 and 202. 

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.

Welcome and introductions
Mary Beth Cresci, Ph.D., ABPP
Jerry Gold, Ph.D., ABPP
An overview of psychotherapy integration, including Dr. Wachtel’s seminal contributions

9:30 a.m.

Paul Wachtel, Ph.D
Working integratively, working relationally
Integrative foundations of effective therapeutic practice
Cyclical psychodynamics and the reciprocal impact of the inner world and the world of daily experience

11:15 a.m. Video demonstration and discussion of the nuances of empathic intervention
12:15 p.m. Paul Wachtel, Ph.D., and Jerry Gold, Ph.D., ABPP
Audience Q-and-A
1:00 p.m. Conclusion

Registration Information

Early Registration Fees (on February 20, 2017)

  • General Public: $125
  • Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Alumni and Faculty: $90
  • Derner Doctoral, General, MHC, School and Post Grad students: $20
  • Current Adelphi Students in other programs (With ID): $50
  • Graduate Students From Other Universities (With ID): $60

Regular Registration Fees (after February 20, 2017)

  • General Public: $150
  • Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Alumni and Faculty: $110
  • Derner Doctoral, General, MHC, School and Post Grad students: $70
  • Current Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Students (With ID): $70
  • Graduate Students From Other Universities (With ID): $80

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Conference Committee

Mary Beth Cresci, Ph.D., ABPP
Stephen Hyman, Ph.D., chair
Elaine Seitz, Ph.D.

For further information about the program , please contact:

Kathleen Kannengeiser
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This conference provides 4 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers. Attendance at the entire conference is required. No partial credit can be given. Adelphi is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Attendance at the entire conference is required to attain 4 CE credits.

For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800