Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

ISTDP is a practical and evidence-based therapeutic approach that targets deep-seated emotional conflicts and maladaptive patterns of behaviours contributing to various mental health presentations. ISTDP has demonstrated efficacy with various issues, including depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and chronic pain and other psychosomatic problems within a relatively brief timeframe.

In this full-day workshop, we will focus on treatment with patients who have a limited capacity to engage in a direct approach to emotional processing and instead require a graded format of ISTDP. These patients fall in the highly resistant with repression and fragile spectrum and have lower anxiety thresholds.

We will provide a review of the ISTDP metapsychology with an emphasis on the repressive and fragile spectrum. Each of the presenters will show a video-based case presentation of real sessions to demonstrate how to recognize anxiety thresholds and defense mechanisms presented by patients with repression and fragility and how to intervene safely.

Presenters: Dr. Karen Dinsmore, C.Psych., Ryan Dinsmore, M.Ed., R.P., and Dr. Behnia Haghiri, MD, FRCPC

Registration fee rates:
– $260 for registered health practitioners

– $200 for psychiatry residents/ psychology, psychotherapy, or social work students

– If you are attending in a group of 6 or more, there is a group rate available. Please see the registration page for details.


Queen’s University,
Ellis Hall 226 58 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N9

Open to: All

For more information, or to register, click here