Introduction to Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy

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Program Description

Psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapies are scientifically validated approaches that tend to focus on the self and relational issues underlying symptoms and distress, as opposed to targeting symptoms directly. Psychoanalytic theories have historically provided rich ideas to understand the self and relational world of the client. Treatment focuses on cognition, emotion, experience, needs and the interpersonal dimensions of the client’s difficulties. Interpersonal relationships—both with the therapist and others–are explored to understand and change how clients experience themselves and relate to others in interpersonal relationships.

This 12-hour introductory workshop will provide both theory and applied considerations for practice to allow mental health professionals to integrate psychoanalytic/psychodynamic ideas into their clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain an introductory level understanding of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy and an appreciation of the empirical support for this approach
  2. To learn how to conceptualize depression, anxiety, and relationship issues from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic perspective
  3. To recognize the role of personality and defenses in client functioning and distress and implications for treatment
  4. To learn how to integrate psychodynamic ideas with your CBT and EFT conceptualizations
  5. To gain applied knowledge about in-session psychodynamic-psychoanalytic intervention

Information about the Facilitator

Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. is a clinical psychologist and Co-Founder of the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR Ottawa and Toronto), which provides 25 treatment and 17 assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He is a proponent of the idea that no 'one therapy' modality fits all clients. A clinician’s capacity to conceptualize and utilize applied interventions from different treatment modalities provides clinicians with greater flexibility and more tools to address different client needs, preferences and in-session goals. Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspectives are essential to understand the developmental aspects of our clients’ current distress.

At CFIR, Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. works closely with CFIR colleagues in the development of integrated and phase-specific models of treatment to shed light on the cognitive, behavioural, affective/experiential, relational, neurophysiological and developmental dimensions of DSM V disorders. In his clinical work, he sees both adults and couples, and also provides psychological treatment for complex trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety, sex/sexuality/gender/relationship diversity-related issues and personality disorders.  He also provides supervision to M.A./Ph.D. level practicum students from universities across Ontario and Quebec, registered psychotherapists within CFIR and within the community at large, pre-doctoral interns from across North America, and supervised practice psychologists.

Program Information


OAMHP Members: $180 +HST

Non-members: $250 +HST

CECs: 12

Dates: This is a four-part workshop with 12 hours of learning in 4 sessions over the month of July:

  • Monday July 5, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Monday July 12, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Monday July 19, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Monday July 26, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM

Location: Zoom

Registration Information

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