Psychoanalytic/Psychotherapeutic Theories Developed by Means of the Scientific Method and an Unknown Clinical Phenomenon That Destroys Treatments at the Start


This workshop will begin with an overview of a long sequence of genuinely-scientific clinical researches in the above fields. It will then concentrate on a “formulation” method rooted in concretely-defined, standardizable concepts, and theoretical principles tested hundreds of times for predictive capability. The method relies on: A clearly-defined observational field Explicit process instructions (reference points against which symptomatic patient material stands out) Exclusive use of the clinician's conscious, cognitive-emotional mental processes Objective perceptions of the patient’s associations only  Its invulnerability to therapist subjective interferences (including countertransferences) Its provision of an effective scientific method of Self Analysis that the therapist can use to process such occurrences. The group will move to a hands-on experiment during which members spontaneously respond to a verbatim account of a clinical situation in the first moments of a consultation. They will then join in a practice application of the method, during which the presenter will highlight the indicators of a materially silent phenomenon that, if not immediately identified and addressed, leads unsuspecting therapists and patients into unnecessarily-long efforts doomed to never reach completion or fail completely. He will then describe five key research findings pertinent to an understanding of the situation, and the applied theory required to address and undo it. Power Point summaries and diagrams will be used where pertinent.

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Harry MacDermott Anderson, The M.F. Centre for Scientific, Clinical, Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Research, Canada

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Conference: ECP2016
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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