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Treating Relational Disturbance in Adults: Level 2 Core Conflict Relational Themes in Therapy

Event number: 17220
12 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Daniel P. Brown

The primary presenting problem in about half the patients who enter therapy is not a DSM psychiatric disorder but is some form of relationship disturbance. Whereas attachment disturbance is precognitive and implicit, core relational themes occur later in development, are explicit and stored as narrative memory. In therapy clients may present wishing to address long-term negative relationship themes and patterns. These client may be securely attached and working on their attachment will not address these themes. The core conflict relational theme (CCRT) approach is an empirically -supported, effective method to accurately assess the core dysfunctional patterns repeatedly manifesting in relationships, and to significantly change these patterns. For those who attended level 1: Treating Attachment Pathology in adults this workshop will extend therapeutic training by focusing on treating pervasive relational themes. Please note attendance of Level 1 training is NOT a requirement for this workshop. Therapists interested in working with clients with pervasive negative themes and patterns in their relationships will find this workshop relevant. 

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have gained understanding of:

  • How to distinguish between attachment disturbance & CCRT
  • Systematic review of the CCRT method including assessment of client negative relational themes, case formulation and treatment planning
  • How to work therapeutically with relational disturbance
  • Using here-and-now transference in therapy
  • Assessing client relational change 



About the presenter(s)

Daniel Brown, Ph.D.: taught hypnotherapy for 44 years. His 16 books include 3 books on hypnosis: a standard textbook on clinical hypnosis--Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis (with E. Fromm); a text on treatment protocols in behavioral medicine--Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine;and Creative Mastery in Hypnosis and Hypno analysis on the permissive hypnotherapy style. Memory, Trauma Treatment and the Law, on memory & trauma (with A.W. Scheflin and D.C. Hammond), won the 1999 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law as the “outstanding contribution to forensic psychiatry.” In the 1980s he developed and directed a behavioral medicine program at The Cambridge Hospital, and with a former background in molecular biology and immunology he focused his work on psychoneuroimmunology both with respect to Western research and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over the last 20 years his research has focused on assessing attachment disorders in adults and on developing psychotherapeutic and hypnotherapeutic protocols to treat attachment pathology. This work is described in detail in a forthcoming book, Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. He has served as an expert witness in many court cases, including appellate decisions, involving memory for trauma, how interviewing affects memory for trauma/abuse, and reliability of memory in children and adults, and was a consultant to the prosecutors of the International War Crimes Tribunal.


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Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Start date: 27/3/2017
End date: 28/3/2017
Time: 9am - 4.30pm


APS Member: $480.00
APS Student: $380.00
Non Member: $620.00
APS Member Group $420.00
APS Member Student $300.00


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