Psychodynamic Aspects of Prescribing Medications – Interactive Workshop
Workshop Co-Leaders:

Joseph Silvio, M.D. (Bethesda, Maryland, USA)
Dr Silvio is the current President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Silvio serves on the Faculty at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

J. Raúl Condemarín, M.D. (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Dr. Condemarín is a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and serves on the Faculty of Harvard University/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He has subspecialty training, certification and expertise in Addiction Psychiatry, Consultation- Liaison Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychodynamic Psychiatry.

Rangsun Sitthichai, M.D. (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)
Dr. Sitthichai is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts. He has developed a program to improve treatment adherence to psychotropic medications and psychotherapies in adolescent patients.

This one-hour interactive workshop will address the psychodynamic aspects of psychopharmacology practice. Participants will understand the relevance of the placebo and nocebo effects in therapeutics and have an opportunity to improve competence and performance by 1. Understanding the symbolic meaning of medications; 2. Identifying countertransference/transference aspects of prescribing that may lead to avoidance, undermedication or over prescription, and deviation from treatment guidelines; and 3. Understanding how to properly prescribe without devaluation of psychotherapy.


Silvio, JR, Condemarin, JR (2011) Psychodynamic Psychiatrists and Psychopharmacology, Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, 39 (1).

Mintz, D (2022) Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology. APPI: DC.

Psychotherapy for Persons with Vision Loss and Blindness – Interactive Workshop
Workshop Co-Leaders:
Edward Ross, LCSW (New York, New York, USA)
Edward Ross is the Director of Health and Behavioral Health at the Lighthouse Guild International, an organization dedicated to serve persons with blindness and disability from vision loss.  He is on the faculty of the New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and a graduate of the NY Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP).The Guild provides integrated care to persons with vision impairment. Services include psychotherapy, social services, mobility training, vocational training, assisted technologies training, and medical services including psychiatry, optometry, ophthalmology, internal medicine, and endocrinology.

César A. Alfonso, M.D. (New York, USA)
Dr. Alfonso is the Chief Psychiatrist at the Lighthouse Guild International. He serves on the Council of the International Federation for Psychotherapy and as Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the World Psychiatric Association. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Visiting Professor at the National University of Malaysia, and Adjunct Professor at the Universitas Indonesia.  

Workshop Description: Blindness and disability from vision loss affect close to half a billion people worldwide, yet little attention has been given to providing psychotherapy services for these individuals. There is a well-established bidirectional interaction between mood and anxiety disorders and ophthalmological disorders. This one-hour workshop will be facilitated by experts with over five decades of combined experience serving persons with complex medical disorders and co-existing vision loss or blindness. Both workshop leaders are psychoanalytically trained. They will discuss how to apply psychodynamic concepts in combination with the delivery of supportive and CBT targeted psychotherapy interventions when working with the medically ill and visually compromised. Case examples will be shared illustrating prominent themes and conflicts when working psychotherapeutically with blind persons.


Sabel BA, Wang J, Cárdenas-Morales L, Faiq M, Heim C. Mental stress as consequence and cause of vision loss: the dawn of psychosomatic ophthalmology for preventive and personalized medicine. EPMA J. 2018;9(2):133-60.

Carrière I, Delcourt C, Daien V, Pérès K, Féart C, Berr C, et al. A prospective study of the bi-directional association between vision loss and depression in the elderly. J Affect Disord. 2013;151(1):164-70.

Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)-Interactive Workshop
(This workshop will be in French)

Workshop Co-Leaders:

Bochra Nourhène Saguem (Tunisia)
Dr Saguem is a Psychiatrist and CBT therapist working at the Psychiatry Department of Farhat Hached Hospital of Sousse, in Tunisia. Dr Saguem is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of Sousse, University of Sousse, Tunisia

Najla Seghaier (Tunisia)
Dr. Seghaier is a Trainee in Psychiatry, at the Psychiatry Department of Farhat Hached Hospital of Sousse, in Tunisia.

Workshop Description: Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, is defined as a chronic difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or waking in the morning not feeling restored, with subsequent significant distress and impairment of daytime functioning. It is a prevalent public health problem, reported by 10 to 20% of the general population. It results in devastating consequences and heightened societal costs, mainly due to decreased work productivity, absenteeism, increased use of medical services and increased risk of accidents. Among all available treatments for insomnia, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered the therapy of choice and the first line treatment to offer to patients. CBT-i includes several techniques targeting mechanisms involved in perpetuating insomnia through restrengthening the bed-sleep connection, realigning the circadian rhythm and decreasing rumination about sleep. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia has shown sustained improvements not only in patients with insomnia alone, but also in those having insomnia comorbid with other conditions. In addition, it has shown better and safer outcomes in comparison with prescribing hypnotics. This workshop aims to review the main cognitive and behavioral models for insomnia and to apply the various components of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. It will be open to mental health clinicians, psychiatry trainees, family medicine trainees and general practitioners. Clinical-based activities will be programed. Special emphasis will be  to the following techniques- stimulus control, sleep restriction, sleep hygiene, paradoxical intention and cognitive restructuring for dysfunctional beliefs about sleep.


Anderson, K. N. (2018). Insomnia and cognitive behavioural therapy—how to assess your patient and why it should be a standard part of care. Journal of thoracic disease, 10(Suppl 1), S94.

Van Straten, A., van der Zweerde, T., Kleiboer, A., Cuijpers, P., Morin, C. M., & Lancee, J. (2018). Cognitive and behavioral therapies in the treatment of insomnia: a meta-analysis. Sleep medicine reviews38, 3-16.

Understanding the Curative Factors in Psychotherapy – Interactive Workshop

Workshop Co-Leaders:

Silvia Olarte, M.D. (New York, USA)
Originally from Argentina, Dr. Olarte is a Past President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and of the Association of Women Psychiatrists. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College. She has received numerous international and national academic and service awards during her 52 years of clinical practice.

Constantine Della, M.D. (Manila, Philippines)
Dr. Della is Secretary of the World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section. He is the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Philippines General Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of the Philippines in Manila. He is a Past President of the Philippines Psychiatric Association and currently chairs the Specialty Board of Philippine Psychiatry

Workshop Description: Hundreds of psychotherapies, including at least a dozen that are evidence-based, have been developed over the last century. Workshop facilitators will demonstrate that all psychotherapies have common factors. These common, or curative factors, constitute the backbone of the clinical delivery of psychotherapies. The curative factors that will be discussed include empathy (with sub-components of compassion, affective sharing, synchronized mirroring, listening to expressed intense emotions while maintaining composure and serenity), goal consensus and collaboration, establishing a therapeutic alliance (through safety, consistency, attunement, properly anticipating and attending to emotional needs), positive regard and affirmation, mastery, congruence/genuineness, and mentalization (developing the capacity to understand nuances of emotions, the emotional world of the self, the emotional world of others, and how emotions drive actions and one’s actions impact the emotions of others, resulting in either proximity, intimacy or alienation). These factors constitute the main transformative elements in psychotherapy and the workshop facilitators will define and discuss them with the participants of this interactive educational activity.


Olarte SW, Teo D, Alfonso CA (2020) Intermittent Treatment with the Psychodynamic Psychiatrist, Psychodynamic Psychiatry 48(3), 314-336.

Alfonso CA, Tasman A, Jimenez A, Della C. (2021) Advancing Psychotherapy in Psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 20(3).

Key interventions within cognitive- behavioral therapy to work with negative thinking in depression- Interactive Workshop
Workshop leader: 
Keith S. Dobson, Ph.D. (Canada)
Keith S.Dobson is a Canadian psychologist, academic and researcher. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at theUniversity of Calgary in Canada and has also served as Head of Psychology Department and Director of the Clinical Psychology program at the University. He is President of the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) of depression has often focused on the negative and potentially distorted thought patterns seen in depression.  Indeed, it is sometimes thought that CBT for depression exclusively focuses on distorted negative thoughts, which is not accurate. In this workshop, the most common negative thought patterns associated with depression are presented within a conceptual model that will allow clinicians to discern what types of interventions may be the most appropriate. The workshop then presents three classes of interventions for working with negative thought patterns in depression.  These different classes of interventions include evidence- based strategies, alternative- based strategies and meaning or inferential strategies.  Examples of these classes of interventions will be provided, and the workshop will include an interactive set of exercises to help attendees best match their chosen approach with the types of interventions that have the best chance to succeed. 
Beck. J. (2021).  Cognitive- behavior therapy: Basics and Beyond, 3rd Edition.  New York, NY Guilford Press. 

Dobson, D. J. G., & Dobson, K. S. (2017).  Evidence- based practice of cognitive- behavioral therapy, 2nd Edition.  New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Psychotherapy, Sexuality, and Culture – Interactive Workshop

Workshop leader:

Jennifer I. Downey (USA)
Nadia Kadri (Morocco)

Jennifer Downey is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Past President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis.  She serves as Editor of the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry. She co-chaired the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

Nadia Kadri is Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. Her publications include « Affirmation de soi et santé mentale  » (éditions Le Fennec), « Manuel d’éducation sexuelle » (éditions Le Fennec), « L’estime de soi » (éditions le Fennec), « Guide de l’anxieux » (éditions Le Fennec).

Friedman RC, Downey JI: Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Sexual Science and Clinical Practice, Columbia University Press, New York, NY, United States, 2008
Downey JI, Friedman RC: Homosexuality: Psychotherapeutic Issues. British Journal of Psychotherapy 2008;24(4): 429-468
Kadri, N. « Manuel d’éducation sexuelle » (éditions Le Fennec)

7.  CBT for Common Problems in Primary Care – Interactive Workshop

Workshop co-leaders:

Haifa Mohammad Algahtani (Saudi Arabia)
Consultant Psychiatrist and consultant CBT trainer, ACT. Executive and medical director of the Renewal and Reward Center. Co-chair of CBT cultural adaptation  special interest group of the world psychiatric association psychotherapy section. FRCP Psychiatry, McGill University.
Alaa Abdulhamid  Alhawsawi  (Saudi Arabia)
Master of science in Clinical Mental Health counseling 
Psychologist at Renewal & Reward Center, Saudi Arabia 

This one-hour interactive workshop will address common problems like depression and health anxiety presenting in the primary care setting and demonstrate how CBT may facilitate recovery.

Principles of cognitive therapy
Why CBT?
How can we apply CBT in primary care, difference between high intensity and low intensity
CBT for depression and health anxiety


Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D. A., Farrand, P., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. M., Kavanaugh, D. J., Klein, B., Lau, M. A., Proudfoot, J., Ritterband, L., White, J., & Williams, C. (Eds.). (2010). Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions. Oxford University Press.
Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackman, A., Mueller, M., & Westbrook, D. (Eds.). (2004). Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy. Oxford University Press.

8.  Broaching the Subjects of Race, Ethnicity and Culture with Patients: An Integrative Framework

Workshop Facilitators: 

Anne E. Ruble, M.D.
Associate Director for Residency Training
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Norma L. Day-Vines, Ph.D. 
Professor, Counseling and Educational Studies
Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Baltimore, Maryland

Clio Franklin, M.D.
General Psychiatry Fellow
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Mary Beth Cogan, RN, MPH, ABD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

This multimedia presentation provides participants with a set of strategies and techniques for broaching or discussing the contextual dimensions of race, ethnicity, and culture with culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Essentially, broaching refers to the counselor’s effort to either initiate and/or respond to cultural content the arises during the counseling session (Day-Vines et al., 2007; 2013; 2018; 2022). This presentation will introduce the Broaching Framework. The facilitators will outline the Continuum of Broaching framework which identifies empirically supported orientations that clinicians assume as they determine whether or not to discuss patients’ racial, ethnic, and cultural factors (Day-Vines et al., 2013; Day-Vines et al., 2022a; Day-Vines et al., 2022b). The Multidimensional Model of Broaching Behavior refers to the specific domains that counselors can explore with clients. For instance, counselors can determine whether and how to address the (a) counselor client relationship, (b) the client’s intersectional identities, (c) the client’s experiences with individuals with whom they share the same racial, ethnic, and cultural designations, and/or (d) the client’s encounters with racism and discrimination (Day-Vines et al., 2021). The final component of the model identifies specific strategies for initiating discussions related to race and representation with clients from the counselor’s effort to respond to cultural content that the client raises during treatment (Day-Vines et al., 2021). The facilitators will use video demonstrations to illustrate broaching techniques. 

Day‐Vines, N. L., Cluxton‐Keller, F., Agorsor, C., Gubara, S., & Otabil, N. A. A. (2020). The multidimensional model of broaching behavior. Journal of Counseling and Development, 98(1), 107-118. doi:10.1002/jcad.12304
Day-Vines, N.L., Cluxton-Keller, F., Agorsor, C., & Gubara, S. (2021). Strategies for Broaching the Subjects of Race, Ethnicity and Culture. Journal of Counseling and Development, 99, 348-357.
Day-Vines, N.L., Brodar, J.R., Hicks, D., Fernandez-Korto, E.B., Garcia, C., Jones, K. (2022). An investigation of the relationship between school counselor trainees’ broaching behavior and their racial identity attitudes. Journal of Counseling and Development, 100, 3-13.
Day-Vines, N.L., Bryan, J., Griffin, D., & Brodar, J. (2022). Grappling with race: A national study of the broaching behaviors of school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and counselor trainees. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 50:25-34.
Day-Vines, N.L., Booker Ammah, B., Steen, S., & Arnold, K.M. (2018). Getting comfortable with discomfort: Preparing counselor trainees to broach racial, ethnic, and cultural factors with clients during counseling. Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 40, 89-104.
Day-Vines, N.L., Wood, S., Grothaus, T., Craigen, L.,Holman, A., Dotson-Blake, K., & Douglass, M. (2007). Broaching the subjects of race, ethnicity, and culture during the counseling process. Journal of Counseling and Development, 85, 401-409.

9. Psychotherapies of the Addictions
Workshop Facilitator:
Rasmon Kalayasiri, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Chulalongkorn University
Director, Centre for Addiction Studies (CADS), Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Director, Alcohol and Drugs Helpline Centre, ThaiHealth 
Member, WPA Section on Psychotherapy
Board member, Asia-Pacific Society on Substance and Alcohol Research
Board member, Addiction Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand

This workshop will allow participants to understand how to integrate evidence-based psychotherapy modalities in the treatment of addictions. The workshop facilitator will review treatment interventions that incorporate aspects of motivational interviewing, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy.
Alfonso, C.A.  (2021). An Overview of the Psychodynamics of Addiction. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 49(3), 363-369
Miller, WR, Rollnick S. (2012). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. Third Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.