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We are pleased to announce the 32nd annual SFPRG March Conference:

Corrective experiences and transformative relationships in psychotherapy


March 5 - 7, 2020 9:30am – 4:30pm

The Tides Center - Pacific Room
1012 Torney Ave
The Presidio - San Francisco
18 CE credits

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Presentations by: Trevor Ahrendt, PsyD; Victoria Lemle Beckner, PhD; John Bugas, PhD; Marshall Bush, PhD; John Curtis, PhD; Francesco Gazzillo, PhD; David Kealy, PhD; Cynthia Shilkret, PhD; George Silberschatz, PhD

 

Clinical demonstrations and discussion by: Michael Bader, DMH; Denise Lew, PsyD; Pamela Lyss-Lerman, MD; Michael Lowenstein, MD; Jim McCollum, PhD; Jay Reid, LPCC; Katherine Straznickas, PhD


Conference Description:

Psychotherapy scholars, researchers, clinicians, and teachers talk about the importance of corrective experiences and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship. However, there is very little guidance on how a therapist can provide such experiences or relationships. Therapists cannot rely on traditional diagnostic assessments or preferred sets of techniques because patients’ needs vary considerably even when they share the same diagnosis. Moreover, psychotherapy research has clearly shown that there is no correlation between specific therapeutic techniques and the quality of therapy relationships or treatment effectiveness.

Over the past several decades, SFPRG has developed and empirically tested a method for identifying a patient’s specific problems and needs. The method allows therapists to determine how the patient is likely to work and the kind of therapeutic relationship and corrective experiences that will be particularly helpful to the patient. The approach does not privilege one particular technique over another and thus can be employed by a wide variety of clinicians. The focus is on how the therapist can optimize the relationship and therapy experiences to best help the patient.

Topics to be covered:

  • Historical overview of the corrective emotional experience and how it is used in various psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Illustration of how different experienced clinicians use the concept of corrective experiences in their work with patients
  • How corrective experiences in therapy and in life are instrumental in overcoming shame
  • The Plan Formulation Method as a clinically meaningful guide to psychotherapists for providing corrective experiences
  • Similarities and differences between corrective experiences and patients’ testing the therapist
  • The therapist’s attitude as an important component of providing a corrective experience
  • How patients’ coaching behaviors help therapists optimize corrective experiences during the course of psychotherapy
  • A cognitive behavioral approach to facilitating corrective emotional experiences inside and outside the therapeutic relationship
  • The development of self-organization and affect regulation through corrective experiences in psychotherapy
  • How many and what type of corrective experiences are optimal - one big one or a steady stream?

 

Conference Program:


Thursday March 5

 9:30  - 10:30     Introduction & Background - overview of the corrective emotional experience and how it is used in various psychotherapeutic approaches

10:30 - 10:45     Break

10:45 - 12:00     The Plan Formulation Method  as a clinically meaningful guide to psychotherapists for providing corrective experiences

12:00 - 1:00       Lunch

  1:00 - 2:30       Clinical Illustrations  and formulation of corrective therapy experiences

  2:30 - 2:45       Break

  2:45 - 3:30       Testing and corrective experiences

  3:30 - 4:15       How corrective emotional experiences in therapy and in life are instrumental in overcoming shame

  4:15 - 4:30       Panel discussion


Friday March 6

  9:30 - 10:15     The therapist’s attitude as part of a corrective experience

10:15 - 10:30     Discussion

10:30 - 10:45     Break

10:45 - 11:30     Unconventional interventions/attitudes that facilitate corrective experiences

11:30 - 12:00     Discussion

12:00 - 1:00       Lunch

  1:00 - 2:30       Clinical demonstration of how 3 psychotherapists understand and utilize corrective experiences in their work

  2:30 - 2:45       Break

  2:45 - 3:15       The development of self-organization and affect regulation through corrective experiences in psychotherapy

  3:15 - 3:45       How patients’ coaching behaviors help therapists optimize corrective experiences during the course of psychotherapy

  3:45 - 4:30       Discussion 


Saturday March 7

  9:30 - 10:30     A cognitive behavioral approach to facilitating corrective emotional experiences inside and outside the therapeutic relationship

10:30 - 10:45     Break

10:45 - 11:30     Discussion

11:30 - 12:00     Training therapists on how to provide corrective experiences

12:00 - 1:00       Lunch

  1:00 - 2:30       How many and what type of corrective experiences are optimal - one big one or a steady stream?

  2:30 - 2:45       Break

  2:45 - 3:30       Creating Corrective Emotional Experiences with clients who have suffered Narcissistic Abuse

  3:30 - 4:30       General discussion