We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Seminar on Working with Syntonic Defenses in Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). John Rathauser, PhD and Jonathan Entis, PhD, will be leading a 1-day webinar on working with syntonic defenses, or defenses with which the patient is highly identified.
This training is a continuation in a yearly series on working with syntonic defenses with a strong focus on defiance. Keynote addresses and clinical vignettes will be shown. The cases to be presented will be different than those shown last year.
Syntonic defenses present unique challenges. These resistances are invisible to patients and at times the therapist. Failure to recognize and work through syntonicity can result in confusion, misalliance, and lack of integration of the fundamental principles of the therapeutic endeavor. A full understanding of how syntonic defenses operate and how to approach them therapeutically is a requisite for mastery of Davanloo’s ISTDP.
In this webinar, we will cover key tenets of how to identify syntonic defenses and how to work with them. We will place a particular focus on the hidden defense of defiance and the 3-stage process for de-activating, clarifying and then challenging it.
Syntonic defenses, including defiance, are prevalent in nearly all patients with early developmental trauma, and are often at the root of therapeutic impasse. This training aims to equip participants with the tools to better recognize these phenomena and effectively address them.
In addition to didactics, ample time will be given to audiovisual demonstration of real cases.