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Webinar Description

A psychodynamic approach to treatment has fallen out of favor with much of the field as ‘evidence based practices’ are touted as more effective, and quicker, and are pushed by insurance companies. But many studies show that psychodynamic psychotherapy has comparable effectiveness compared with CBT and better long term, post treatment effects (Leichsenring, Steinert, 2019, Cornelius, 2018, Abbas, Hancock, Henderson & Kisely, 2004, Maat, Jonghe, Schoevers, and Deker, 2009, Huber et al., 2012, Maat et al., 2009, Bateman & Fonagy, 2008, Leichsenring, Abbass, Luyten, Hilsenroth, & Rabung, 2013). An understanding of how modern psychodynamic therapy works will expand treatment options and dispel misconceptions. This interactive training will help participants understand the evidence behind the effectiveness of psychodynamic treatment. Mental health professions will learn how psychodynamic theory has changed in recent years. Participants will examine what psychodynamic diagnosis look like and review some of the common current treatment strategies.

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Erik Hadden is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland and Virginia he was Director of Clinical Services at Vital Sources Psychological Services (a group private practice) and now runs his own private practice called Synergia. He was an adjunct professor in Hood College's graduate counseling program (teaching Drug and Alcohol Counseling). He teaches CE You! classes on religion and spirituality in mental health treatment, addiction, and psychodynamic theory and practice. He has lived in the Middle East and travelled widely. He loves reading, his wife, and animals (not in that order). He is also an actor, specializing in improv.


  1. Introduction and Overview (10 minutes)
  1. 7 myths about psychodynamic theory and practice. And why they are myths (50 minutes)
  • Looking at the evidence for the efficacy of psychodynamic practice
  • Tracing the evolution from Freud to current day psychodynamic theories and practices
  1. Overview of the role of defenses in psychodynamic theory and practice (40 minutes)

Break 10-15 mins

  1. Review of Diagnosis in psychodynamic theory and practice

(40 minutes)

  • The 3 developmental levels of diagnosis
  • Different personality structures or character organizations and what they may look like in the room
  • How diagnosis is done in psychodynamic practice
  • The differences between a CBT clinical approach and a psychodynamic clinical approach, including case examples
  1. Review of psychodynamic treatment including case examples
    • For Neuotic level
    • For Borderline level
    • For Psychotic level                      (30 minutes)        
  1. Review and Summarize/Q&A                  (10 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic theory, practice, and distinctives of modern psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Through interactive discussions, participants will be able to identify the characteristics of modern psychodynamic approach to treatment.
  • Participants will be able to explain what differentiates Freud from modern psychodynamic approaches.
  • Participants will be able to identify a defense.
  • Participants will be able to identify different character organizations.
  • Participants will be able to describe how countertransference and immediacy are used in psychodynamic in treatment.
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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