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Brief Psychodynamic Treatment

March 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are usually considered forms of long term treatment.  However, approaches using psychoanalytic principles to guide brief therapies have also been around for decades. Further, clinicians practice brief treatment when many patients leave therapy after a few weeks or months.  Panelists address various aspects of this modality:  Dr. Donovan, one of the pioneers in studying brief treatment, will talk about finding the focus.  Dr. Hugenberger will speak about applying modern psychoanalytic ideas to brief therapy, based on her experiences with patients using Employee Assistance Program benefits (EAPs).


James Donovan, PhD has made numerous contributions to the mental health field.  He has had multiple teaching appointments through Harvard Medical School, has lectured widely and has authored or co-authored multiple publications.  Since 1988 he had been the Co-Director Mental Health Fellowship Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care & Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  A major focus of his work and research since the early days of managed care has been short term psychodynamic therapy.  One of his books, Short-Term Couple Therapy is currently in negotiations for a second edition release.

Patricia Hugenberger, MSW, PsyaD has over thirty years of clinical experience.  She has applied her psychoanalytic training to work in mental health clinics, schools and private practice.  She is on the faculty of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis where she is the Director of the Department of Continuing Education.

Continuing Education Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss various of applying psychodynamic theory to short term treatment.
  2. Discuss finding the focus in brief work.
  3. Discuss identifying and working with patient’s treatment goals in EAP work.

CE Target audience:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Counselors

Fee:  Free or $25 for 2 CE’s/Clock Hours*


Brief Psychodynamic Treatment


*Full refund available if you cancel one week prior to the event. If you have any questions, email info@bgsp.edu.

CE Target audience:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Application for social work continuing education credits is being submitted. Please contact us at ContinuingEd@BGSP.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.

For information on continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, or marriage and family counseling, call 617-277-3915.

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Direct inquiries may be made regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Ste 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514, 781-425-7700 or email: cihe@neasc.org


March 24
10:30 am - 12:30 pm