What Do We Know About the Empirical Study of Dynamic Therapy for Depression and Where Do We Go From Here?

Presenter: Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D. Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Dean and Professor, The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Discussant: John H. Porcerelli, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Recommended Reading: Barber, J. (2009). Toward a Working Through of Some Core Conflicts in Psychotherapy Research. Psychotherapy Research, 19(1), 1-12.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
8:00 – 10:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Analysts and analytic psychotherapists have not, until recently, relied sufficiently upon empirical research to demonstrate the efficacy of the work they do with patients. In this two hour program, Dr. Barber will review empirical literature examining the evidence for psychodynamic therapy with a focus on the evidence available regarding dynamic therapy for depression. There will be ample time to engage the audience in the discussion and to elicit feedback. By the end of the program, the participants will be able to demonstrate:

• Familiarity with the data from several studies, including a large randomized clinical trial conducted by Dr. Barber examining the efficacy of Supportive-Expressive Therapy (a form of Short-term Dynamic Therapy) in comparison to SSRI and placebo.
• Greater appreciation of the importance of integrating current psychotherapy research with clinical practice.
• Greater understanding of the reluctance of therapists to engage in the study of psychotherapy research and the problems that are created by such avoidance.

About the presenter: Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor and Dean, Derner Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology, Adelphi University. His research focuses on the outcome and process of psychodynamic and cognitive therapies for depression, panic disorder, PTSD, substance dependence and personality disorders. He is also a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor at NYU Medical School and the Queensland Institute of Technology. He has published more than 180 referred journal articles and chapters. Together with Richard Summers, they have just published “Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice” at Guilford Press. Together with Chris Muran, they have edited "The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice" also at Guilford Press. He is currently working on 2 new books involving psychotherapy.


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