Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adults, Children, Parents and Young People: An Introduction A one-day workshop with Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven London, 13 October 2018 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
At this workshop, which is designed to be of practical value to psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and family mental health practitioners working with adults as well as children, adolescents and parents; Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven draws on evidence base to refute the stereotype that psychodynamic psychotherapy is solely synonymous with long-term therapy. Using a time-limited conceptual therapeutic framework, Dr Neven emphasises how we can enhance the dynamic capacity for growth and change, instead of focussing on the underlying psychopathology. Such a shift of focus can: In our work with adults, children and young people – allow us to view the presenting symptoms as opportunities that enable us to understand how adults speak their history and how children and young people speak their family Help us retain focus on finding capacity in our clients with a view to recalibrating the presenting manifestations Allow us to enable a change in parents’ perspective of themselves, which is an essential prerequisite for enduring therapeutic outcomes with young clients Help us to attend simultaneously to the three inter-connected domains of the intra-psychic, the interpersonal and the systemic, within the therapeutic process The workshop is divided into two parts – we first discuss clinical work with adults and then discuss clinical work with children, parents and adolescents. The workshop is not intended to provide a manualised programme but rather to describe a set of core principles and a conceptual framework for the practice of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy. This broader approach enables us to encompass the ‘total field’ that surrounds the client, thereby promoting positive change within a relatively short period of time. Through illustrative case vignettes and examples from her clinical work in UK & Australia, Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven helps both new practitioners and those with many years of experience to comprehend a time limited framework, enabling us to: Understand the assessment process – from hypothesis to formulation Create change within a time-limited format Develop therapeutic communication in such a way that the primacy of the therapeutic encounter stays in focus Manage beginnings, endings and returns Apply the core principles of a time-limited psychodynamic approach in a practical manner to our clinical work About the speaker Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, presenter and author. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for many years in child, family and adult mental health services for the UK NHS. In the UK she was a pioneer in parent support and education and co-founder and director of the national organisation Exploring Parenthood. Ruth came to Australia to take up the inaugural position of Chief Child Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is now founding director of the Centre for Child and Family Development and is engaged in clinical work as well as extensive professional training throughout Australia and overseas. Ruth has designed and run trainings and seminars at the University of Cambridge, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and at Peabody College Van der Bilt University in the United States. She is a regular contributor to training workshops for the Australian Psychological Society. She has run several workshops for nscience on attachment and time-limited psychotherapy. She is the author of five books, the most recent of which being Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: An interactive approach published to critical acclaim by Routledge in 2017. She is also the author of a book for parents Growing Kids: Nurturing relationships from tots to teens. Workshop Schedule 10:00AM: Session 1: Time-limited psychotherapy, the historical and current context The first session provides an overview of the topic at hand and looks at: What we can learn from the longstanding research on time-limited psychotherapy with adults Challenging assumptions that time-limited treatment of adults, children and young people is largely the purview of cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT Introducing the psychodynamic meaning making perspective 11:00AM Session 2: The clinical method in work with adults This session introduces a reconfiguring of a psychodynamic approach that commences with understanding the problem presented as representing an ‘opportunity’ for understanding and the creation of positive change through: Learning how to work with the reflective hypothesis in the therapeutic encounter Recognizing the impact of early separation, loss and trauma on the meaning of the presenting problem Developing skills in identifying the core conflict and finding the leverage to effect change within a time-limited framework Being active in the therapeutic process Creating a therapeutic frame for hypothesis, formulation and feedback 11:30AM Coffee Break 11:45AM: Session 3: Part 1: This session extrapolates further on the learning of the previous session and highlights specific technical issues that arise in time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults, including the use of transference and the management of endings. Session 3: Part 2: Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, parents and young people This session introduces the need to attend simultaneously to the interconnected domains within the therapeutic encounter 1:00PM: Lunch 1:45PM: Session 4: The clinical method in work with children, parents and young people This session presents the essential components of the therapeutic frame and discusses: Perceiving the symptom as an ‘opportunity’ to promote understanding Being active in the therapeutic process Creating a defined assessment period Taking a therapeutic history Using the dynamic nature of the ‘here and now’ in the sessions Attending to the developmental scaffold and the core developmental task for children and young people Involving parents including fathers and care-givers directly in the therapeutic process Responding to the total field surrounding the child, including schools and other networks 3:00PM: Coffee Break 3:15PM: Session 5: The clinical outcome This final session will describe the potential of the time-limited model in working with specific clinical challenges. These include obsessive behaviours, phobias and longstanding ‘developmental task confusions’. 4:00PM: Close

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