Davanloo’s Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy and Major Mobilization of the Unconscious (pp.133-170)
Authors: (Catherine Hickey, Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital, Miller Centre, St. John’s, NL, Canada)
Abstract: The last several decades have seen a renewed focus on Brief Dynamic Psychotherapies. This chapter will focus on one particular Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy of interest known as Davanloo’s Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy—otherwise known as IS-TDP. IS-TDP has been the subject of widespread acclaim and critique alike. Supporters feel that it is unique in its targeted focus on transference and the actual experience of unconscious emotions. Critics claim that its relentless focus on transference feelings and resistance can be seen by some as confrontational. That said, many regard Davanloo as a historical figure and are familiar with only the older theories and techniques associated with his work. Few realize that, after forty years of research, he is still active in theorizing his understanding of the “Metapsychology of the Unconscious.” He is also extremely active in teaching his technique and has an active, experiential, competency-based training program in Montreal, Canada. It is through this program that he has further developed his understanding of the human unconscious. He has greatly expanded his initial focus on the twin factors of transference and
resistance in the clinical setting. Through means of Closed Circuit audiovisual recording, Davanloo has further developed and refined many new concepts related to the unconscious. The purpose of this chapter is threefold: to review the early work of Davanloo and his “Metapsychology of the Unconscious,” to discuss his current teaching and research program known as the Montreal Closed Circuit Training Program, and to review some of his newer approaches and findings. A variety of clinical vignettes from the Montreal Closed Circuit Training Program will be used to illustrate both Davanloo’s new theories and his current approach to technical interventions.
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