Making Room for the Disavowed: A Therapeutic Approach for Healing Past Wounds

This 3-hour on-demand webinar led by Dr. Paul Wachtel was originally broadcast live on February 2, 2024.

All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

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This dynamic webinar, “Making Room for the Disavowed” led by Dr. Paul Wachtel, explores an integrative clinical approach for healing past wounds that harnesses the unique strengths of various therapeutic orientations.

Delving beyond explicit verbal elements, this workshop emphasizes the significance of implicit, procedural, and relational factors in fostering change. We will demonstrate how psychodynamic interpretations can be enriched by incorporating cognitive-behavioural exposure concepts and insights from humanistic-experiential therapies.

This course illuminates the deep impact of early caregiver experiences by framing them within psychodynamic, humanistic, and attachment-centered perspectives. Understanding how these inclinations persist through ongoing interactions provides a contextual foundation, unveiling new avenues for therapeutic intervention.

Regardless of your initial orientation, this workshop will reveal meaningful connections between diverse methods, empowering you to seamlessly integrate a comprehensive set of interventions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of your own therapeutic orientation’s essential core.
  • Acquire valuable tools to navigate challenging “stuck” moments in clinical practice.
  • Learn to reconcile attention to clients’ problems with the affirmation and acceptance crucial for effective therapeutic alliances.
  • Develop a novel perspective on attachment theory, deepening your understanding of clients’ dilemmas and offering innovative approaches for resolution.

Join us to enhance your therapeutic toolkit as we embrace the synergies between different therapeutic modalities.

  • Understand the ways in which the different orientations in the field of psychotherapy use different language to describe similar (but not identical) processes and procedures.
  • See clearly how psychodynamic interpretations are enhanced when also understood in terms of the cognitive-behavioral concept of exposure and how both are enhanced by the humanistic-experiential precept that “the only way out is through.”
  • Apply Bowlby’s recommendation to therapists that their task is to enable the patient “to think thoughts that his parents have discouraged or forbidden him to think, to experience feelings his parents have discouraged or forbidden him to experience, and to consider actions his parents have discouraged or forbidden him to contemplate.”
  • Understand how the dialectical relationship between acceptance and change is central to the effective practice not just of DBT (in which dialectical is in the very name) but of all therapeutic approaches.
  • Understand how the relational turn in psychodynamic thought and practice and the introduction into CBT of acceptance-and-mindfulness-based approaches point both approaches in a less pathology-centered and more experiential direction.

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

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Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

$139.00Add to cart

Pricing shown in CAD. USD equivalent is $111.

  • Paul Wachtel, PhD
1:00-2:30 pm


Evolution and advances in each therapeutic orientation

The limits of purely verbal, cognitive, or insight-centered therapies

Beyond interpretation or cognitive restructuring: Procedural, relational, and experiential advances in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy

2:30-2:45 pm
  • Paul Wachtel, PhD
2:45-4:15 pm


Grounding the therapy in acceptance – alerting to pathologizing and rebuke

Often unappreciated clinical implications of attachment theory

Understanding how problematic patterns are perpetuated

illuminates how they can be modified

An integrative, synergistic therapeutic approach

Event Detail

Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices