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May 13-15, 2022

University of Rochester Medical Center logoAccelerated Treatment of Intractable Psychiatric and Functional Medical Problems Using Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT)

3-Day Video-Based Workshop with Dr. Steven Shapiro

Sponsored by the Central New York Psychological Association; Strong Epilepsy Center in the Department Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center; and the Psychology Department at Syracuse University.

Speaker: Dr. Steven Shapiro

Date: May 13-15, 2022 (Participants may register for 1, 2, or 3 days of the workshop.)

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm (EDT)

Where: Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Target Audience:

  • Day 1: Introduction to approach: Health Professionals (Intermediate-level audience).
  • Day 2: Skill building for high resistance: Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors and interested Health Professionals (Intermediate audience).
  • Day 3: Skill building for high anxiety/dysregulation: (Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors and interested Health Professionals (Intermediate audience).


Join us for a detailed analysis, utilizing Experiential Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP & AEDP) & Psychodynamic Theory, to understand how to work with patients with complex mind-body and psychiatric symptoms.

Most patients enter treatment with reasonable intentions to heal; however barriers such as bottling up or chronic avoidance of painful feelings frequently interfere with achieving their goals for a healthier mind and body. The resulting human and health care costs are enormous. Because these barriers are typically outside of the patient’s awareness, they are often invisible to medical and mental health providers as well. Given the intricate interplay between mind and body, such emotionally-driven and stress-related phenomena must be effectively attended to in order for healing to occur, especially in the most complex, persistent, and unyielding of cases. We need powerful tools to address these hidden dynamics that so often impede or sabotage the treatment process.

In this on-line workshop, medical and mental health professionals will have a unique opportunity to study how complicated underlying emotional dynamics can have a profound impact on physical and emotional health. The first day of this 3-day workshop will provide an overview of the treatment model and evidence-base with video demonstrations focused on patients presenting with especially challenging functional and psychiatric problems such as severe depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, dizziness, acute anxiety states and self-destructive behavior. Days 2 and 3 offer therapists and other health professionals a deeper dive into learning interviewing techniques and interventions for working with challenging patients who present with high resistance or high levels of anxiety and emotional dysregulation.

Topic/Learning Objectives/Schedule

Day 1: Introduction to Approach

Audience: Healthcare Professionals and Therapists

Learning Objectives

Focus on mind/body phenomena, severe and persistent mental illness. Overview of EDT approach. Oriented for healthcare professionals and therapists.

  1. Detect the barriers that need to be addressed at any given moment to clarify and resolve resistances and mobilize factors that lead to healing and growth.
  2. Describe how to collaboratively and sensitively interview patients by adjusting for underlying emotional factors.
  3. List theoretical innovations in experiential-dynamic psychotherapy used to shorten treatment and the evidence-base supporting their use.
  4. Summarize the mechanisms of change in the experiential dynamic model of therapy.
  5. Identify specific behavioral and emotional markers that guide interventions and reflect patient response.


10:00a-10:15a: Welcome, announcements, intro of Dr. Shapiro

10:15a-11:15a: DIDACTIC: Overview of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) approach, Phase 1

11:15a-11:45a: VIDEO DEMO: Graded format with fragility, initial phase/ phase 1

11:45a-12:00p: BREAK

12:00p-12:30p: DIDACTIC: Overview, Phase 2

12:30p-1:30p: VIDEO DEMO: Graded format with fragility, subsequent phase/ phase 2

1:30p-2:30p: LUNCH

2:30p-3:15p: DIDACTIC: Mind/Body Phenomenon; Conversion Disorder, Phase 1 & 2

3:15p-4:30p: VIDEO DEMO

4:30p-4:45p: BREAK

4:45p-5:30p: VIDEO DEMO: Depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue

5:30p-6:00p: Q & A, DAY 1 WRAP UP

Day 2: Skill Building for the Treatment of High Resistance

Audience: Therapists and Interested Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

Focus on high defense/resistance. Oriented for therapists. Technical skill building emphasis.

  1. List and recognize defense mechanisms as they appear in the session.
  2. Cite the 3 components of affect.
  3. Judge readiness for the next level of affect involvement and apply interventions based on level of affect involvement.
  4. Describe how to facilitate the deepening and exploration of core emotions.
  5. Select interventions appropriate to the patient's particular level and style of resistance.


10:00a-10:15a: Welcome, announcements, intro of Dr. Shapiro; Q & A from Day 1

10:15a-11:15a: DIDACTIC: Defense work

11:15a-11:45a: VIDEO DEMO: Defense clarification (validation), affirmative defense work & cost of defenses

11:45a-12:00p: BREAK

12:00p-12:30p: DIDACTIC: Defense restructuring: defense clarification & relinquishing

12:30p-1:30p: VIDEO DEMO: Defense clarification w/ syntonic defenses

1:30p-2:30p: LUNCH

2:30p-3:45p: VIDEO DEMO: Defense relinquishing in an initial session

4:30p-4:45p: VIDEO DEMO: Affect facilitation

4:30p-4:45p: BREAK

4:45: DIDACTIC: transference resistance

4:45p-5:15p: VIDEO DEMO: High Resistance: Syntonic defenses & defenses against connection

5:15-5:45p: VIDEO DEMO: High Resistance: Defenses against connection (pleasing, pleasant, sexualized rel or worthless)

5:45p-6:00p: Q & A, DAY 2 WRAP UP

Day 3: Skill Building for the Treatment of High Anxiety/Dysregulation

Audience: Therapists and Interested Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

Focus on high anxiety/fragility. Oriented for therapists. Technical skill building emphasis.

  1. Detect specific markers to accurately track level of anxiety throughout the session.
  2. Utilize anxiety pathways as a guide to interventions.
  3. Apply anxiety regulation techniques to keep anxiety within tolerable limits.
  4. Describe ways to relationally and intrapsychically regulate affect.
  5. Assemble skills to clarify complicated and difficult presentations in order to be able to intervene in an active, focused, and time efficient manner.


10:00a-10:15a: Q & A, follow up from Day 2

10:15a-11:00a: DIDACTIC: High anxiety

11:00a-11:15a: VIDEO DEMO: Anxiety pathways 1, 2 & 3

11:15a-12:00p: VIDEO DEMO: Anxiety pathway 1 (voluntary muscle); resistance system 1 (isolation of affect)

12:00p-12:15p: BREAK

12:15p-1:15p: VIDEO DEMO: High anxiety pathways 1, 2 & 3, Borderline level.

1:15p-2:15p: LUNCH

2:15p-3:15p: VIDEO DEMO: High anxiety with dissociation; psychotic level. First year, graded format

3:15p-4:00p: VIDEO DEMO: High anxiety with projection and splitting; Defense restructuring; mixed feelings with guilt.

4:00p-4:15p: BREAK

4:15p-5:15p: VIDEO DEMO: High anxiety with memory reconsolidation.

5:15p-6:00p: Overview Q & A

About Steve Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve ShapiroSteve Shapiro PhD is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience. He is adjunct faculty and founding member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute in New York City. He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) since the mid-1990s, including Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).

Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training groups across the country and internationally. His teaching is often commended for his skill in translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understood and readily applied in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations. Trainees describe his teaching using words such as precise, systematic, safe, rewarding, deliberate, practical, and fun.

For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform his approach to transforming resistance with challenging patients who have a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or debilitating anxiety and chronic dysregulation. Dr. Shapiro is currently in full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia.



  • All 3 Days: $495 (Students: $125)
  • Any 2 Days: $410 (Students: $100)
  • Any 1 Day: $245 (Students: $75)

CNYPA Members and URMC/UR faculty, staff, and trainees will receive a $50/day discount.

CE Information

CEs (up to 19.5 total) provided by R. Cassidy Seminars for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors for $25 (eligible discounts may apply). Evaluations and Certificates are available by email and online following course completion at


CMEs will be available for $10 following course completion via e-mail pending completed evaluation. Details on how to purchase CMEs will be provided during the course.

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Central New York Psychological Association. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cancellation Policy: up to 24 hours prior to event, 100% minus Paypal processing fees. Less than 24 hours prior to event, full refund minus $50 processing fee.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

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