Please note that there are two pre-conference workshops and one postconference workshop within the context of the IEDTA 2016 conference:

    1. On Tuesday November 1, at RINO Amsterdam: Open your heart in the face of depression; Using Affect Phobia Therapy to empower your patient to leave their symptoms behind, a one day workshop by Kristin Osborn
    2. On Wednesday November 2, at CASA 400, the conference venue, Experiential Dynamic Therapy: An Overview of History, Theory, and Approaches, a 4 hour workshop by Allen Kalpin & Ferruccio Osimo
    3. On Sunday November 6, at RINO Amsterdam: Clinician Heal Thyself: How to become more aware of your emotions so you can take care of yourself and those you treat, a one day workshop by Michael Alpert & Kristin Osborn
    4. On Sunday November 6, at 'De Viersprong': Residential ISDTP (r-ISTDP) at “de Viersprong”. In this workshop the r-ISTDP staff, in cooperation with a group of ex-patients, will present the daytime treatment programme as it is applied nowadays.

Open Your Heart in the Face of Depression

Using Affect Phobia Therapy to empower your patient to leave their symptoms behind

01 November 2016 - € 255,-

Preconference Workshop organised by RINO Amsterdam

This advanced workshop in Affect Phobia Therapy requires a basic knowledge of affect focused psychodynamic psychotherapy. Working with depressed clients is anxiety producing and it is natural for clinicians to emotionally detach and focus on controlling symptoms and maintaining safety. Learn how and when to take the next step with confidence and competence. We’ll show you how infusing your work with compassion and closeness will empower your clients to access their emotions and leave their symptoms behind. You’ll learn how to treat depressed and anxious clients in a compassionate step-wise manner that cultivates the therapeutic alliance. You’ll learn how to activate your clients seeking system through the use of play and positive affects. You’ll learn when your patient is ready to access warded-off emotions so to help them relinquish their symptoms. At the end of the workshop you will be able to apply Affect Phobia Therapy interventions in your own clinical work with patients suffering from depression.


Affect Phobia Therapy is an evidence based, integrative treatment model built on modern psychodynamic theory and learning theory. It was developed by Leigh McCullough, Ph.D and is a required course for psychiatry residents at Harvard Medical School. It is effective in treating anxiety, depression, self-defeating behaviors and somatic complaints. Case-series videotaped research over the past 30 years has established the effectiveness of its methods in both short and long term follow-up.

who should attend

Experienced psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.


Participants in this workshop will:

  • How to create a treatment plan that includes a psychodynamic core conflict formulation and emotional experiencing
  • How to regulate inhibitory affects (anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, disgust and emotional pain)
  • How to work with maladaptive emotions, behaviors and thinking
  • How to help patients access their adaptive emotions (self-compassion, happiness, sadness, anger and love) and their associated behaviors.
  • How to work with and expand the PLAY-system in psychotherapy
  • Current research regarding the efficacy of emotional experiencing in the treatment of depression

By the end of the workshop, the participants will have a clear understanding of how to respond therapeutically when encountering patients with anxiety and depression.


In this workshop, we will show you how to assess symptoms of depression and anxiety so you can create an effective treatment plan to resolve symptoms through emotional experiencing within a therapeutic relationship. You’ll learn how to determine within the initial evaluation whether a client will need short-term or long-term treatment. You’ll receive a toolbox of interventions for crisis management and ongoing treatment. You’ll learn how to work with maladaptive defenses and inhibitory affect in a compassionate way that will increase your client’s motivation to experience change. You’ll learn how to work more comfortably with anger, compassion, positive feelings, grief, guilt and shame. Throughout the workshop, you’ll watch vignettes of psychotherapy sessions to illustrate both theory and interventions.

This workshop includes the use of Kristin Osborn’s book, Para verbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words; Leigh McCullough's books, Changing Character and Treating Affect Phobia, video excerpts, case presentations, interactive exercises and discussion.

Kristin A. R. Osborn, MA, LMHC was trained and then trained others on behalf of Dr. Leigh McCullough, Ph.D., founder of Affect Phobia Therapy. She is President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association, lecturer at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and on the advisory board of Stockholms Akademi for Psykoterpiutbildning. She is Director of HMS Psychotherapy Research Group where she teaches clinicians how to integrate research into their clinical practice. She co-authored a chapter, “Creating Change Through Focusing on Affect: Affect Phobia Therapy,” in the book, Working with Emotions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, published by Guilford Press in 2014 and is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book, Para verbal Communication

For the above workshop only: Register now

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Experiential Dynamic Therapy: An Overview of History, Theory, and Approaches

Pre-conference workshop on Wednesday 2 November, 14.00 – 18.00, at CASA 400 (Conference Venue) - Costs: € 95

Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) is a term which refers to a group of psychotherapeutic approaches that share important common elements. They include Habib Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and other therapeutic approaches that have been strongly influenced by ISTDP. All of them regard the video-recording of therapeutic sessions as a precious viewing point, enabling to refine techniques.

Other commonalities include:

  • being based on psychodynamic principles, as expressed in the "two triangles"
  • accelerating the process of change, as compared to purely psychodynamic approaches
  • focusing on the physiologic experience of emotions as a major healing factor
  • use of the therapeutic relationship as a central force in assessment and treatment
  • recognition of the human relationship - attachment - as being central to the causes of psychopathology and to healing
  • exploration of all anxiety manifestations and graded regulation of anxiety
  • identification and countering of the inner self-sabotaging forces

In the year 2000 Ferruccio Osimo invited Allen Kalpin and others to form an organization to bring together therapists who had been inspired by the work of Habib Davanloo. IEDTA has put on regular international conferences that have showcased the work of top EDT clinicians. This year's conference will carry on this tradition. On the afternoon before the start of the conference Ferruccio and Allen will present a 4 hour overview of EDT, illustrating the main theoretical points and technical interventions characterizing the different EDT models. The workshop will help to make the conference presentations more understandable and meaningful.


Participants in this workshop will get an interesting and entertaining overview of:

  1. History of EDT
  2. Theory of EDT
  3. Techniques of EDT
  4. Types of EDT
  5. EDT Research

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


Allen Kalpin, MD practices and teaches ISTDP in Ontario, Canada. He also practices addiction medicine. He is a founder, past president, and current board member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) and past president of the (Canadian) General Practice Psychotherapy Association (GPPA). He has published many articles on ISTDP and has taught at EDT and ISTDP conferences and workshops in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, the United States, and Canada. In his psychotherapy work he includes an overt focus on mindfulness.
Ferruccio Osimo, MD, Psychiatrist, set up the IEDTA foundation conference (Milan, 2001), was an IEDTA past president (2001-07) and is the president of APDE, Italian EDT Association. His approach of Intensive Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy, IE-DP, lays an emphasis on exploring the real human relationship between patient and therapist, in a way that enhances the healing power of technical intervention. Ferruccio has trained many as EDT therapists and supervisors, giving EDT Core Training courses in UK (2006-15), Israel (ongoing), and Italy (ongoing). IE-DP is described in various papers and books,!publications/ck2f

Clinician Heal Thyself:

How to become more aware of your emotions so you can take care of yourself and those you treat
Postconference workshop on Sunday 6 November, 09.00 – 18.00, at RINO Amsterdam - Costs: € 225

Overall Learning Objectives:

In this experiential workshop you’ll learn powerful new ways of experiencing your emotional state. You’ll have the opportunity to connect more fully with yourself and develop a self-caring state. You will discover a growing sense of well-being in yourself and see how it enhances the healing process for those you treat. Your more present, curious, and authentic stance will help your patients become aware of their emotions. They, too, will connect with themselves and heal. In this workshop, you’ll learn and practice many Self Connection Therapy and Affect Phobia Therapy techniques and make them part of your therapeutic repertoire.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase your emotional awareness
  • How to quickly gain access to more of your healing capacity
  • Become more aware of physical sensations and how they can be utilized
  • Discover the unseen right before your eyes
  • Use your heart to heal yourself and others

Learning Methods:

  • Viewing and discussing video-segments of psychotherapy sessions
  • Participation in interactive exercises
  • Using video feedback to develop self-awareness
  • Demonstration of therapist video self-observation leading to patient self-observation
  • Live experience of the process with Osborn and Alpert



Michael Alpert, video segment

Kristin Osborn, video segment

Post-conference workshop: Residential ISDTP (r-ISTDP) at “de Viersprong”

This workshop will be at “de Viersprong”. Here Kees Cornelissen pioneered and started the first residential ISTDP programme worldwide for patients with therapy resistant character disorders. In this workshop the r-ISTDP staff, in cooperation with a group of ex-patients, will present the daytime treatment programme as it is applied nowadays. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to experience the power of some of our programme components.

As “de Viersprong” is in the south of Holland (Amsterdam being in the North) we start at a convenient time in the morning.


Sunday 6th November 2016.


De Viersprong.

De Beeklaan 2



11.00 - 11.30 : Arrival and welcome .

11.30 – 12.00 : Information about the history of “de Viersprong” and its r-ISTDP.

Including coffee, tea and a snack.

12.00 – 12.30 : Information about the outlines of the therapy programme.

12.30 – 13.15 : Lunch.

13.15 – 14.15 : Workshops.

14.15 – 15.00 : Tea, coffee and sightseeing on the grounds of “de Viersprong”

15.00 – 16.00 : Workshops.

16.00 – 17.00 : Workshops.

17.00 – 17.15: Plenary discussion of your experience, answering of questions.

17.15 : Drinks and get together.

Workshops you can choose:

  • Psychotherapy: Here we deal with issues like: How to apply ISTDP in a group of patients with varying degrees of ego adaptive capacity. How to apply the right amount of pressure. How do we guarantee safety in the therapy group. Patients will be present to share their experiences.
  • Archery: In this workshop you can shoot some arrows yourself. It will confront you with all kind of issues: safety of your companions, can you use your own force, can you let go, are you (very) targeted etc. etc. Patients will be present to tell about their own experience in Archery after the workshop.
  • Sociotherapy: Our sociotherapist will outline the terrain of sociotherapy and which issues are dealt with here: all day life issues are the terrain of the sociotherapist: social network, sexuality, housing issues etc. She also facilitates the work that has to be done in between sessions, in the days at home. Again patients will be present in this workshop.
  • Patient perspective: our presentation on Saturday was made possible due to the cooperation of the group patients in the programme at that moment. They also wanted to help with this workshop. They are not sure yet if they want to give their own workshop. In any case they will be present in all workshops and plenary sessions to share their perspectives with you.


€ 125,00 for this day of workshops. Including drinks, snacks and lunch.


Bergen op Zoom is a very nice historical fortified city. After the day programme we will go into Bergen op Zoom for a little city tour and to have dinner. Of course we will go Dutch here! We would be very happy if you join us for this evening programme


Travel advice:

08.58 : Intercity from Amsterdam Central Station, direction Vlissingen.

11.01 : Check out at Bergen op Zoom.

11.09 : Bus 310 direction Rotterdam-Zuid.

11.19 : Bus stop Wouwseweg Halsteren. From there it is a 5 – 7 minutes’ walk to “de Viersprong”.


09.25 : Intercity, direction Breda.

10.07 : Check out at Rotterdam Centraal Station.

10.11 : Intercity, direction Vlissingen.

11.01 : Check out at Bergen op Zoom.

From there: same as above.


For the above two workshops only: Register now

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IEDTA Conference 2016 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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      Casa 400
      Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4
      1097 BC Amsterdam
      The Netherlands
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