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The theme of this year's March Workshop is

Plan Formulation: Understanding how trauma is internalized and mastered

March 6 -10, 2018
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA
24 CE credits

Despite the claims of various promotors of new therapeutic techniques, there is no evidence supporting the superiority of one technique over another.  There is however research data showing that responsiveness to a patient’s particular problems and goals is a strong predictor of effective therapy.  Over the past several decades, SFPRG has developed an empirically derived method of case formulation-- the Plan Formulation Method (PFM)  -- that serves as a useful guide for therapeutic responsiveness.   The PFM provides a reliable framework for understanding a patient’s conscious and unconscious goals, the pathogenic beliefs or schemas that prevent the patient from pursuing goals, traumatic experiences that contributed to the development of pathogenic beliefs, and how the therapist can optimize responsiveness to the patient’s problems, needs, and goals.  There is research evidence suggesting that therapists who are trained in PFM and use the formulation to guide their interventions are more responsive to their patients and achieve superior therapeutic results.

Workshop participants will receive intensive training in the PFM.  The four weekday classes (Tuesday through Friday) include a 2 ½ hour morning session and a 2 hour afternoon session in which the PFM will be taught, illustrated with clinical material, and then applied to participants’ own cases.  After completing the workshop participants will be able to apply the PFM to their clinical work and to their teaching and supervision. 

Following the workshop is a daylong Saturday conference focusing on trauma and mastery in art.  There are a series of presentations on how notable artists (Hodler, Lautrec, Magritte, Munch and the poet Mark O’Brien) worked to master traumatic experiences through their art and what clinicians can learn from these artists.