Exploration of Attempts to Avoid Distressing Thoughts and Feelings
Thursday, 19 November 2020
7:00pm--8:30pm on Zoom
$10 for non-members; no additional cost to members
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A central theme of psychodynamic psychotherapy is a thorough exploration of patient's attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings. This is the second of the seven "distinctive features" of psychodynamic technique enumerated by Shedler. He wrote,
People do a great many things, knowingly and unknowingly, to avoid aspects of experience that are troubling. This avoidance (in theoretical terms, defense and resistance) may take coarse forms, such as missing sessions, arriving late, or being evasive. It may take subtle forms that are difficult to recognize in ordinary social discourse, such as subtle shifts of topic when certain ideas arise, focusing on incidental aspects of an experience rather than on what is psychologically meaningful, attending to facts and events to the exclusion of affect, focusing on external circumstances rather than one’s own role in shaping events, and so on. Psychodynamic therapists actively focus on and explore avoidances.
We invite you to take part in seven meetings, one each month, beginning in September, 2020. The starting point for these meetings is Johnathan Shedler’s seminal article, “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” (2010). (Shedler's 2010 article and other related articles are available for free download from jonathanshedler.com/writings/.) A panel (Robertson, Harris, and Waide) and various special guests will guide each discussion. For the October meeting, our featured speaker will be Marsha Robertson, LCSW.
The first meeting provided an overview of Shedler’s 2010 article, some discussion of responses to it, and a brief introduction to the seven distinctive features of psychodynamic technique. The second meeting, in October, explored the focus on affect and expression of emotion in psychodynamic therapy. The following five meetings will expand on the other features Shedler outlines in his article. Registration on this website is required (if you're having difficulties registering, contact John Waide, email@example.com), along with a $10.00 fee for non-members of the organization. Meetings will begin at 7:00PM and end at 8:30PM. We recommend that you read the Shedler article, which you can download here.
Marsha Robertson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Nashville. She serves on the faculty of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where she is a training and supervising analyst. In 2001, she along with John Waide, PhD started the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program of Nashville, acting as co-director for twelve years.
G. Channing Harris, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado. He completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program in 2012.
John Waide, Ph.D., LCSW is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. A graduate of the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, in 2001 he co-founded (with Marsha Robertson, LCSW) the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) program of the Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (NC3P) and served as co-director for many years.
* A Certificate of Continuing Education is offered for those who complete this educational event. They may or may not be recognized by some professional organizations and licensing agencies. After completing registration you will receive instructions on how to receive a certificate of continuing education.