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COURSE EIGHT – Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

COURSE EIGHT - Techniques (Not Theories) of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Course Coordinators and Teachers: Judith Hamilton and Kas Tuters

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: February 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 2019 (5 evenings)

Fees: $300

Preregistration is required.


Many training programmes focus on teaching numerous theories of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Unfortunately, most people find that this is insufficient for practising psychotherapy. In this course you will have a chance to discuss the practical approaches/techniques and the challenging hurdles when practising psychodynamic psychotherapy. We will be using the work of Fred Busch PhD., from his book ‘Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A psychoanalytic method and theory‘. (Routledge Publishers, 2014). He developed it for psychoanalysis, but it fits psychodynamic psychotherapy very well. We will also be using the opportunity to compare Busch with the work of Sarah Usher in her book, Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which we use in one of our TPS programs now.

Participants will be encouraged to bring in their own clinical cases for an interactive discussion and comparison of the many approaches that therapists use in their practices.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Practice a new method of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  2. Recognize the value of learning to “follow affect” and use defence interpretations.
  3. Become familiar with the empirical literature for this new method.
  4. Differentiate psychodynamic psychotherapy from psychoanalysis.
  5. Name some of the techniques in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
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Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C)

Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty TPS&I.

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP

Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP, Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. She teaches in the ATPPP and in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Faculty TPS&I.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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