"What characterizes the ‘good hour’ and the 'bad hour'? "

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Luton Conference Room, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, 1601 23rd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212


  • If you are not interested in receiving Continuing Education Credit, you may attend this meeting without charge.
  • If you are a current member of the organization, there is no additional fee for this event.

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"What characterizes the ‘good hour’ and the 'bad hour'?"

Jeffery Binder, Ph.D. and Linda Odom, Ph.D.

This presentation will be the fourth of seven presentations in the series "Fundamental Questions in Doing Psychotherapy: Seven Questions, Seven Meetings.". For more information about the series see this link.

The purpose of this program is to provide practicing clinicians with evidence-based criteria with which to determine whether an individual adult psychotherapy is progressing in a therapeutically productive manner or whether therapy is foundering due to such impediments as  therapeutic alliance ruptures.Dr. Binder will present recent research comparing good and poor therapy sessions and good and poor therapy outcomes, representing multiple research strategies. This representative sample of studies will begin with a review of the first set of systematic studies of good and poor therapy outcomes, Hans H. Strupp’s classic 1980 articles. The emphasis of this research review will be studies of psychodynamic therapies. Then, Dr. Odom, representing a theoretically integrative and technically eclectic approach, based in humanistic and Jungian conceptual frameworks, will discuss how the findings from this research are relevant to evaluating the status of her psychotherapies, with examples from her practice. Finally, the presenters will lead a discussion about how the findings from this research aligns with the audience’s clinical experiences and, therefore, improve clinicians’ abilities to evaluate the status of their treatments.

Jeff and Linda will give brief presentations and then engage one another (and those attending) in lively conversation about these fundamental, inescapable questions concerning the practice of psychotherapy (and psychoanalysis).


Jeffrey L. Binder, Ph.D., ABPP is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. Previously he held academic positions as Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, and Professor, Program Chair, and Dean at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. He is a diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He has authored or co-authored three books on short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy; Psychotherapy In A New Key. A Guide To Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (with Hans H. Strupp); Key Competencies In Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy. Clinical Practice Beyond The Manual; Core Competencies In Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy. Becoming a Highly Effective and Competent Brief Dynamic Psychotherapist (with Ephi J. Betan).

Linda Odom, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Nashville.  She brings to her work a deep appreciation for Twelve-Step recovery, a background in Jungian psychology, training in EMDR, and a preference for experiential forms of therapy with individuals, couples and groups.  She has a special interest in  dreamwork. 

Linda is a past co-chair of the Nashville Psychotherapy institute and a founding board member of the Nashville Jung Circle.

Learning objectives. At the end of this talk, participants will be able to:

  • Participants can identify evidence-based indicators of therapy progress in the treatments they conduct.

  • Participants can identify evidence-based indicators of impediments to therapy progress in the treatments they conduct.

  • Participants can recite feasible strategies they can use, as a “local scientist” to systematically study positive and negative factors present in the therapies they conduct.

References: for copies of each, please email V.P.Gay@vanderbilt.edu

  • Dahl, H.J., Ulberg, R., Marble, A., Gabbard, G., Rossberg, J.I., & Høglend, P. (2016). Beyond the statistics: A case comparison study of Victor and Tim. Psychoanalytic Psychology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pap0000085.
  • Lilliengren, P., Phillips, B., Falkenström, H., Bergquist, M., Ulvenes, P., & Wampold, B. (2019). Comparing the treatment process in successful and unsuccessful cases in two forms of psychotherapy for Cluster C personality disorders. Psychotherapy, 56, 285-296.
  • Gazzillo, T., Waldron, S., Genova, F., Angeloni, F., Ristucci, C., & Lingiardi, V. (2014). An empirical investigation of analytic process: Contrasting a good and poor outcome case. Psychotherapy, doi: 10.1037/a0035243.
  • Burckell, L.A., & McMain, S. (2011). Contrasting clients in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: “Marie” and “Dean,” Two cases with different alliance trajectories & outcomes. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Vol 7, Module 2, pp. 246-267.

A flyer for this event can be downloaded ( click here ).


6:30 – 7:00 Networking & socializing
7:00 – 8:30 Presentation and discussion

Parking is available in the garage on Children's Way.

Enter VPH through the northeast side of building facing the South Garage near Children’s Hospital

(see map below)

Continuing Education:

If you wish Continuing Education credits:  1.5 hrs CE offered (cost $10.00 for non-members).  If you want to sign up for CEs in advance, you may register online at nashville-psychoanalytic.org or you can register at the event.

The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists. The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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