ISTDP Summer School 
Whidbey Island, Pacific NW, USA
August 19-24, 2018

Faculty
Thomas M. Brod, MD
Angela Cooper, DClinPsy

 Nat Kuhn, MD

Summer School for Psychotherapists & Physicians 

Five Days of Intensive Psychotherapy Training and Immersion


Presented by ISTDP Institute, Washington School of Psychiatry,
& New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles)

ISTDP SUMMER SCHOOL


21.75 Continuing Education Hours
Captain Whidbey Inn
Whidbey Island WA
Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest

August 19-24, 2018

Sunday dinner- Friday noon meal with
FACULTY
Thomas M. Brod, MD
Angela Cooper, DClinPsy
Nat Kuhn, MD

Whidbey Island ISTDP Summer School


The Whidbey Island Summer School is meant for physicians and practicing psychotherapists at all levels who wish to deepen their understanding, competence, and comfort with the theory and practice of intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy. Special emphasis this year will be on Medically Unexplained Symptoms.  2018 will be the fourth summer this immersive learning experience has been offered.
Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (EDT) and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) represent a unique form of affect/body/relationship-based psychodynamic treatment that facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy developed by Habib Davanloo, MD, strongly supported by extensive clinical research studies. EDT/ISTDP interventions are specifically designed to resolve anxiety, depression, somatization and personality disorders, as well as, to alleviate a variety of self-defeating behaviors, many of which derive from unstable or troubled early life attachments.

Physicians, psychologists, licensed therapists, nurses, and social workers can earn 21 Continuing Education hours through Washington School of Psychiatry.

Two Tracks: Foundational and Advanced

At its heart, this Summer School is designed to bring physicians and experienced psychotherapy clinicians into increased competence and comfort with the work of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and ISTDP. The program will be arranged around two tracks, but much study will be together as a single group. The faculty will use video vignettes and role-playing with participants. Large group processing will be emphasized for supervision, role-playing, and processing of unconscious activation

 The Foundational Track is built as a primer on ISTDP for physicians, psychologists, and other mature psychotherapists ready for foundational work in this revolutionary dynamic treatment for medically unexplained symptoms and many psychological disorders. The primer will cover aspects of ISTDP that are key to understanding its practice, such as our emotions and defense mechanisms, video recordings of sessions, the cost effectiveness of ISTDP etc. Additional topics include the research evidence of success of short-term therapies in wide-ranging conditions like panic disorder, somatization disorder, anxiety, depression, medically unexplained symptoms and personality disorders.

Psychotherapists who have had at least one year in an EDT/ISTDP core-training group, can join the Advanced Track with the opportunity for close study of faculty videotapes, supervision, and work on skill-building exercises.

Both tracks offer deepened understanding of ISTDP theory and technique. All participants in the Summer School will join together in skill-building and large group processing throughout the week and will be introduced to Deliberate Practice. Even participants with significant prior ISTDP exposure have found this systematic approach helpful.

 Description of the Summer School


As in prior years, the Summer School will occupy the full facility of the historic 100 year-old Captain Whidbey Inn for this five-day intensive program. The Inn is located on Whidbey Island, on Puget Sound, outside of Seattle.

The curriculum includes didactics, skill-building exercises including role-playing, and group processing of unconscious activation; for those who are interested, there are opportunities for individual supervision of recorded material with the rest of the group observing.

Recreational opportunities are scheduled.
Enrollment will be strictly limited to 25 or fewer Professional learners. Accommodations can be made for accompanying adults who do not attend the program.

The didactic material will focus on principles and techniques of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, and will include extensive video vignettes. Topics to be covered will include establishing an internal emotional focus for treatment, helping patients track emotional causality of anxious/somatic experiences, managing multiple layers of projection, and focusing on the transformative power of the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance (UTA) in the processing of guilt and forgiveness, among others. Skills of Deliberate Practice will be emphasized.

2018 Summer School Program

Tentative Schedule
21.75 hours CE/CME

Sunday, August 19
Arrival and registration
3-4:30PM Welcome, Introductions and Clinical Video
4:30-5:45 Two Tracks—Developing and Maintaining an Effective Intrapsychic Focus 
6:30 Dinner
7:30-8:30+ Welcoming Gathering for All 8:13 Sunset
Monday, August 20
6:13 Sunrise 
7-7:30 Yoga/XiGong (optional)
9-10:30 (ALL) Faculty video
11-1 Two Tracks, continued
1-2 Lunch
2-4 Two Tracks, continued                      4-5 ALL: Skill Building Practice
5-5:30 ALL: Group process
5:30-6 Dance/Sing Along
6:30 Dinner
8:11 Sunset
Tuesday, August 21
6:14 Sunrise
7-7:30 Yoga/XiGong (optional)
9-10:30 (ALL) Faculty video
11-1 Two Tracks, continued
1-2 Lunch
2-4 Two Tracks, continued 
4-5 ALL: Skill Building Practice
5-5:30 ALL: Group process
5:30-6 Dance/Sing Along
6:30 Dinner
8:09 Sunset
Wednesday, Aug 22
6:15 Sunrise
9-10:30 (ALL) Faculty video
11-12:30 Group Supervision
12:30-1 Lunch
1-6 Play day: go for a hike, biking, kayaking, whale watching, or swim.
6:30 Dinner
8:07 Sunset
Thursday, Aug 23
6:17 Sunrise
7-7:30 Yoga/XiGong (optional)
9-1 (ALL) Deliberate Practice
1-2 Lunch
2-5 Deliberate Practice                                      4-5 ALL: Skill Building Practice
5-5:30 ALL: Group process
5:30-6 Dance/Sing Along
6:30 Dinner
8:05 Sunset
Friday, Aug 24
6:18 Sunrise
9-11 Skill Building/Deliberate Practice
11-12 Group Process and Goodbye
Afternoon departure

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of the Summer School participants should be able to:
  • Apply at least two techniques that build capacity to tolerate anxiety
  • Recognize and apply pressure to increase intrapsychic crisis
  • Apply several forms of pressure and use patient’s level of anxiety to determine threshold of tolerable pressure
  • List three discharge pathways of unconscious anxiety as described by Davanloo
  • Identify the unconscious guilty need for punishment and self- sabotage in patients/clients and help them free themselves from the resultant symptoms
  • Recognize resistance to emotional closeness and its the relationship to primal attachment; Understand and apply respect for the patient/client while helping them turn against their defenses against emotional closeness
  • Understand and apply respect for the patient/client while helping them turn against their defenses against emotional closeness
  • Describe Malan’s triangles and their role in psychotherapy
  • Understand and apply the Triangle of Conflict in the management of symptoms
  • Learn to differentiate Defenses from Anxiety from Disowned Feelings
  • Learn to deactivate identification with defenses
  • Recognize the inverse relationship between unconscious Resistance and the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance
  • Differentiate Conscious from Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance and recognize how each contributes to therapeutic success
  • Define an “unlocking” of the unconscious, and describe the role of experiencing unconscious guilt in unlocking the unconscious
  • Recognize and give examples of how the unconscious therapeutic alliance functions in ISTDP
  • Learn to maintain focus on transference
  • Manage multiple dimensions of the transference resistance 
  • Identify and deactivate identification with the resistance
  • Identify and deactivate the omnipotent transference
  • Recognize projection of authority and respond therapeutically
  • Recognize activation of your own unconscious
  • Describe the difference between the phase of repeated unlockings and the phase of working through
  • Identify “fragility of ego structure” and apply techniques to build structure
  • Identify which of the three types of defensive structure is dominating in each clinical moment
  • Recognize when thresholds of anxiety tolerance have been reached
  • Determine Specific ISTDP Skills for Deliberate Practice
  • Learn techniques of self-supervision through systematic video review
  • Set up systematic Deliberate Practice of specific ISTDP skills
  • Observe colleagues’ sessions by video and learn effective clinical interventions
  • Identify the role of suppressed emotion in your patients/clients with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Experience and observe the play of unconscious dynamic forces within your own self
21.75 Certified Continuing Education hours will provided through the Washington School of Psychiatry. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: With the exception of the following, none of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose: The activity is  funded by Thomas M Brod, and structured to be a not-for-profit activity.



Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) The Washington School of Psychiatry designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 21.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course 

Social Workers and Family Therapists, LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI: The Washington School of Psychiatry is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.

Registered Nurses: The Washington School of Psychiatry is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.

FACULTY


Coordinator Thomas M. Brod, MD: Thomas M Brod, M.D.  graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. After serving in the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Public Health Service, he was selected into the National Institute of Mental Health Career Development Program, and was sponsored by NIMH during his residency and fellowship at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (Psychiatry).

Trained in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic models, and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Dr. Brod is a graduate of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. He trained in ISTDP with Robert Neborsky, Patricia Coughlin, and Josette Ten Have-de Labije—but predominantly under Habab Davanloo in Montreal since 2001. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, he is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certifying Institute of America, and maintains professional memberships in national and local societies for medicine, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, biofeedback and neurofeedback. He is a certified instructor and supervisor of the International Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Association (IETDA), and is on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute. He has taught ISTDP on four continents. Dr. Brod is also a certified yoga instructor and a volunteer teacher at his local YMCA.

Nat Kuhn, MD: Nat Kuhn, MD has been studying, practicing, and teaching Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy for more than twenty years. Since 2008, he has focused primarily on Davanloo’s ISTDP, studying with Allan Abbass, Jon Frederickson, and others. Recognizing the importance of synthesizing the multiple schools of ISTDP practice, he published “Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Reference” in 2014; it has been hailed as essential reading by beginners and experts alike.
 
A Lecturer (Part-Time) in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kuhn teaches Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, in addition to offering many other training opportunities in the US and Europe.
 
In 1996, he joined Leigh McCullough’s Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and worked closely with Dr. McCullough for a decade, including as Assistant Director of the program. He collaborated with Dr. McCullough on research and dissemination of her Affect Phobia model of STDP, serving as second author of "Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy,” and working on the design and validation of the ATOS scale for psychotherapy coding.
 
He is certified as a teacher and supervisor of experiential dynamic therapy by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA). In 2013, he joined the IEDTA Board of Directors, and participated in organizing the 2014 IEDTA Conference in Washington, DC and the 2016 Conference in Amsterdam. As co-chair of the IEDTA’s Information Technology Committee, he spearheaded the redesign and revitalization of the IEDTA website.
 
He has a private practice near Boston, Massachusetts. Before becoming a psychiatrist, Dr. Kuhn was a research mathematician; he has published work on psychotherapy, mathematics, and computational chemistry. More information is available at www.natkuhn.com.

Angela Cooper, R.Psych, DClinpsy:
Dr Angela Cooper is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specializing in ISTDP. She has completed 4 years of post-doctoral ISTDP training with Dr Patricia Coughlin and 2.5 years of advanced supervision with Dr Allan Abbass specializing in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). This comprehensive training has significantly deepened her therapeutic knowledge, enabling her to assess and treat a diverse range of mental health difficulties and psychopathology.

Dr Cooper currently works at the Centre for Emotions and Health and is currently undertaking a three-year pilot project to provide consultation, assessment, treatment, teaching and research using ISTDP to address the unconscious emotional problems that are believed to underlie many physical and somatic difficulties such as chronic pain, chest pain, fibromyalgia, gastro intestinal issues, headache, migraine, memory difficulties, muscle weakness and other mind body problems. These difficulties are often co-morbid with anxiety, depression, personality issues and/or trauma. The aim of the project is to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of this approach as applied in a primary care setting. This includes evaluating the direct therapeutic outcomes with patients, as well as the impact of teaching and training on physicians and other health care professionals.

The ISTDP Institute

The Institute for ISTDP Training and Research is a community of people who feel a calling to alleviate human suffering to build healthier communities. We try to do this by helping people achieve their full potential through psychotherapy, psychotherapy training, and supervision. We value personal integrity, commitment to excellence, and compassion for self and others. Although the model of therapy we practice is intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, we are not here to “fossilize” it, but rather to co-create the integrative therapy of the future. We believe that the final answers of psychotherapy have not been found. That’s why this community is “a place that keeps the questions open.” For more information, http://istdpinstitute.com

The Washington School of Psychiatry

(District of Columbia)

Celebrating its 80th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education. The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States. For more information washschool@wspdc.org

The New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles)

The New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) is the merger of the original Los Angeles and Southern California Psychoanalytic Institutes. NCP is dedicated to excellence in psychoanalytic education and research. We offer professionals the opportunity to achieve greater understanding, affect greater results and, ultimately, obtain greater fulfillment in their careers and personal lives. Our mission is to utilize evolving psychoanalytic concepts in investigating and understanding the human experience. For more information, visit www.n-c-p.org.


Fees & Arrangements


The enrollment fee covers tuition, room, all meals (Sunday dinner– Friday lunch), and the continuing education certificate.
Transportation, alcoholic beverages, and optional recreational activities are not included.
Our summer school will be filling the entire Captain Whidbey Inn. Fee is either $2000 or $2550 depending on your room choice. Please be advised that the historic inn is over 100 years old, and the rooms are small with thin walls but well furnished. 
You can choose to stay in the Inn itself in a private room with bathroom down the hall. Alternatively, (for early-birds) we have a five sharable rooms each with its own bathroom in the motel-style Lagoon Building a few steps away. Both options (shared room and private bath; private room/hallway-shared bath) are $2000. 
A few private rooms with bath in the Lagoon Building are available for $2550. If you are accompanied by another adult not participating in the program, who would share your (queen-size) bed, the extra charge is $950.
Space is limited, and preference in room assignment will go those who register earliest.
To register, please fill out and return the registration form at the end of this document with your payment.
Please note that because this Summer School is designed as not-for-profit, fees have already been cut to the lowest possible point. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer discounts for residents or students.
A $500 deposit will reserve your place through May 31, 2018. Full payment is due by June 1, 2018. Checks in US funds should be made payable to Thomas M Brod, MD. For Credit cards (via PayPal, www.paypal.me/ThomasMBrodMD) and international bank transfer, there is a 3% service charge which we must pass on to you.
Cancellations before April 14, 2017 are subject to a 15% fee; April 15– June 14 are subject to a 50% fee. After June 14, there is no refund unless we are able to fill the space.

Planning Your Journey


Note: The journey from Seattle to Captain Whidbey Inn will take a minimum of 3-4 hours (each way) so it is wise to consider flying into Seattle on Saturday Aug. 18 and traveling to Whidbey Island on or before Sunday Morning. You are headed to Coupeville, Washington.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) is known as “Sea-Tac” for short.
Captain Whidbey Inn, 2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, WA 98239 http://www.captainwhidbey.com
Fly, drive or take a boat! You can take a ferry from Port Townsend or Mukilteo onto Whidbey Island.
 Known as the long way, one can also drive onto the island using the Deception Pass Bridge on the north end of the island. From Sea-Tac Airport you can take a shuttle bus to Coupeville, or, alternatively, shuttle to the Kenmore Air Terminal and take a floatplane that makes regular stops at the Captain Whidbey Inn.
There is only one ferry option to get to the island from SEA-TAC , the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry (see schedule, below). The SeaTac/Whidbey Island Shuttle picks up from the airport and goes directly (via ferry) to Coupeville (2 hrs,15 min). It does not have to wait in the ferry line (special privileges)*. It drops you off in the town of Coupeville. Then guests can take a taxi from Coupeville to the Inn (less than 2 miles).   

Note: it is possible to charter a shuttle from SeaTac Airport/Whidbey Island Shuttle and that will bring you directly to the Inn. The charge is equivalent to 12 passengers.
*For those that rent a car – in the summer – it is sometimes preferable to go by way of Deception Pass because of the possibility of a long line of cars waiting to get on the ferry. (There are websites/apps where you can check and see what the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry wait is). The Deception Pass itself drive is beautiful; however it involves a much longer drive than the ferry.

Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry Schedule

Online Shuttle Booking
www.seatacshuttle.com/scheduleRoute.php


ARRIVAL: Sea-Tac Int'l Airport to Whidbey Island (Daily)

Sea-Tac Hotels
6:15 am
8:15 am
10:15 am
12:15 pm
2:15 pm
4:15 pm
6:15 pm
8:15 pm
10:15 pm
Sea-Tac Airport
6:45 am
8:45 am
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm
6:45 pm
8:45 pm
10:45 pm
Coupeville
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
11:00 pm
1:00 am

RETURN: Whidbey Island to Sea-Tac Int'l Airport (Daily)

Coupeville
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4:30 am
6:30 am
8:30 am
10:30 am
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
5:30 pm
7:30 pm
Sea-Tac Airport
4:30 am
6:30 am
8:30 am
10:30 am
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
5:00 pm
7:30 pm
9:30 pm
Sea-Tac Hotels
4:45 am
6:45 am
8:45 am
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
5:15 pm
7:45 pm
9:45 pm

Fares to/from Sea-Tac Airport - Coupeville


Adult
Military
Senior
Youth
One Way
$42
$40
$40
$26
Round Trip
$84
$80
$80
$52

Contact Information

Questions, registration forms, payments, and other communication should be directed to:
Thomas M Brod MD 12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 210, Los Angeles CA 90025

Email: tbrod@ucla.edu   Tel: (310) 207-3337   Fax: (310) 207-1109
www.summerschoolpacificnw.com

Registration Information


The enrollment fee covers tuition, room, all meals (Sunday dinner– Friday lunch), and the continuing education certificate. Transportation, alcoholic beverages, and a few recreational activities are not included.

Please note that because this Summer School is designed as not-for-profit, fees have already been cut to the lowest possible point. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer discounts for residents or students.

Our summer school will be filling the entire Captain Whidbey Inn. The historic inn has thirty-one rooms of many types (see their website at www.captainwhidbey.com). Space is limited, and preference in room assignment will go those who register earliest.
The room options are:
  • Private room in the historic Inn, shared bathroom, $2000*
  • Private room with private bathroom, $2550*
  • An additional guest sharing private room (queen-size bed) but not participating in the program is $950.
  • Shared room with shared bathroom**, $2000*
* See detailed notes regarding the Inn and also Cancellation policy
** Please note, very few of these  shareable rooms will be available and assigned in the order of Registration.

Payment

A $500 deposit will reserve your place through May 31, 2018. Full payment is due by June 1, 2018. Checks in US funds should be made payable to Thomas M Brod, MD. There is a 3% service charge which we must pass on to you Credit cards (via PayPal, www.paypal.me/ThomasMBrodMD) and international bank transfer.

Cancellations before April 14, 2018 are subject to a 15% fee; April 15– June 14 are subject to a 50% fee. After June 14, there is no refund unless we are able to fill the space.

ISTDP Summer School

Five Days of ISTDP Training &
Immersion Experience

Captain Whidbey Inn
Whidbey Island WA
Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest
August 19-24, 2018

Registration Form for ISTDP Summer School 2018

Fill in this form and mail (address below), fax (310-207-1109), or scan and email (tbrod@ucla.edu).
Payment information is on the previous page.


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Shared room with shared bathroom $2000
Private room with shared bathroom $2000
Private room with private bathroom $2550
Additional Adult $950

Please indicate and dietary or other special accommodations, extra guests, or other additional information/concerns:

I have read and understood the policies listed in the Summer School information brochure, including payment, deposit, and cancellation (sign registration form and submit with payment).

Mail to:
Thomas M Brod MD
12304 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles CA 90025 

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