"What Counts as Progress in Therapy? "

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • 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 not a current member, there is a $10 fee for this event if you want to receive a certificate of continuing education.
  • If you are a current member of the organization, there is no additional fee for this event.

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"What counts as progress in therapy?"

John Waide, Ph.D., LCSW and Linda Manning, Ph.D.

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

“What counts as progress in therapy?” This question stalks both beginning therapists and seasoned clinicians and is a frequent concern to patients/clients. “Are we making progress?” Both members of the therapeutic dyad have this at least in the backs of their minds. Progress, of course, will look very different for different cases with a variety of specific goals, history, and circumstances. So, how do we know when therapy is on the right track? And what are the typical signs of stagnation in therapy? What are some of the ways clinicians can assess progress? And what are some of the indicators clinicians can use to identify an impasse in a therapeutically helpful way?

John 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).


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.

Linda G. Manning, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist providing supervision and consultation for clinicians. She also offers groups and training workshops in somatic psychology and body-centered psychotherapy with her colleague Kenneth Robinson, M.S., M.T.S. Before retiring in April of 2019, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University. She was the Interim Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and provided mind-body therapy for adults struggling with chronic illness, trauma, and emotional and physical pain. She continues to teach a course on “Trauma: Impact and Intervention” in the Human Development Counseling Program at Vanderbilt. Dr. Manning earned her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed advanced training in body-centered psychotherapy, mindfulness based practices, and the treatment of trauma.

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

  1. Describe at least two ways of identifying a therapeutic impasse.
  2. Describe the role of theory as a map in therapy, including strengths and weaknesses of relying on such a “map."

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

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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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