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Digital Seminar

Brief Psychodynamic Therapy as an Integrated Clinical Approach

Integrating time-limited dynamic psychotherapy into existing clinical practice

Ari Badaines, PhD
One full day
Audio and Video
May 08, 2020
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As there has been a significant increase in demand for mental health services and a requirement for economical ‘less is more treatment approaches’, skills in brief, focused therapies are becoming necessary. With Psychodynamic Therapy noted for its emphasis on the unconscious, transferences, childhood patterns, and defense mechanisms, one might wonder how it could be adapted to be an effective brief therapy.  Yet, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP) is proving to be an important adjunct to any integrated practitioner’s armory. This workshop is an opportunity to understand and enjoy its historical and theoretical development, methods, and applications.

Course participants will learn the criteria to differentiate between those clients who will and will not benefit from Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and to make an informed assessment and diagnosis that guides the focus of the TLDP. Participants will also become acquainted with the beginning, middle, and end phases of this form of therapy and the requirements and role of the therapist in each phase. Included will be the various options available at the end of therapy such as onward referral, continuing, ending etc., and considerations as to which is most suitable for each client.

In addition to case studies, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to make an assessment. In order to maximize active learning, groups will formulate questions and goals for the ‘client’ (portrayed by the presenter, based on case material), and feedback will be provided by the presenter and course participants.


Feedback from Ari's recent presentations of this workshop:

“Ari’s training style was engaging, thoroughly enjoyable and educational. He presented with a perfect balance of knowledge, wisdom and playfulness. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and have taken a significant amount of knowledge home with me. In sum it was succinct, informative and relatable!”

“This was an excellent workshop – accessible enjoyable. Can’t wait to use this with my clients.”

“I haven’t ever done much psychodynamic but am interested in deeper work. I found this course informative, practical and well-paced.”

“A very engaging and beneficial workshop - thank you Ari!”

“Great! Relevant! Applicable! Enjoyable! Thank you!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and see so many uses for this approach with my clients. The practical sessions were especially valuable.”

“I really appreciated the way Ari engaged the entire group in a respectful way. He made learning enjoyable and highly interactive. I finished today feeling very enthused about integrating these skills into my work with clients.”

“This was fun and made learning the skills so easy – more from Ari please!”

“Exceeded my expectations and I’m surprised at how easily this can be used with my existing clients/approach.”


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Dr. Ari Badaines, trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a postdoctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC where he trained in psychodrama and group therapy. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also led workshops in over thirty countries.  Ari has been a presenter for the Australian Psychological Society, Psychological Society of Ireland, British Psychological Society, and the British Psychodrama Association as well as Gestalt Australia New Zealand. 

Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. His initial training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he has had many years of supervised clinical practice.  Ari has over the years completed training in a variety of therapeutic systems including CBT and its latest approaches to anxiety with Dr. S. Edelman and in 2023 with K. Morrow and E. Spenser. He has also trained in Family and Couple Therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, London; Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Sue Johnson; Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana, and most recently, Sex and Couple Therapy with Tammy Nelson. He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults with a variety of organisations and provides supervision to psychologists and other mental health professionals. He is a popular presenter for PESI Australia and continues to present at mental health conferences both in Australia and abroad. Ari continues to provide training and experiential therapy sessions in the UK and Europe twice a year.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Ari Badaines maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Ari Badaines is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.



  1. Be able to differentiate between long and brief psychodynamic therapy.
  2. Know some of the historical development and current approaches to TLDP.
  3. Discern which clients are appropriate or inappropriate for TLDP.
  4. Be clear about the role and skills of the TLDP.
  5. Understand the meaning and usefulness of Transference and Countertransference.
  6. Develop the capability to stay focused on goals and modify the therapeutic approach so as to provide competent brevity.
  7. Develop a familiarity of the three phases of the TLDP process.


”Most therapists have been aware that there is something happening in the client/therapist relationship that engenders thought and feeling in each.  This transference, assessment and a focussed direction are the cornerstones of Psychodynamic Therapy.  This workshop is designed to enhance your therapeutic outcomes in the context of ‘Brief’ Therapy.”     Dr Ari Badaines


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Develop a greater understanding of Psychodynamic work generally.
  • Learn how to maintain depth in therapy work with clients’ when session numbers are limited.
  • Begin to integrate psychodynamic concepts with your current approaches while working on clients’ interpersonal goals.


Morning Session (Includes a short break)

  • What is Brief Psychodynamic Therapy? History of development and how it differs from Long Term Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Understanding its applications and what it demands of the therapist.
  • The therapy process: assessment; selecting a goal; the role of the Therapist; transference and countertransference. 

Afternoon Session (Includes a short break)

  • Forming small groups.
  • Case studies and group experiential work.
  • Discussion and question time.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. .

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

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