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Allan Abbass speaks about Reaching through Resistance with Arjmand Publisher

Mind Body and Soul in Healing: Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy for Physical Symptoms with Allan Abbass, MD, 2022 CLICK HERE

Dr Abbass presents Dalhousie University Psychiatry Rounds: Treatment Non-reponse: Consider Attachment Trauma:  November 2021 CLICK HERE

Dr Abbass on CBC Radio White Coat, Black Art 2021: Audio of interview  Audio and article

Dr. Allan Abbass: Understanding & Navigating Treatment Resistance in Psychotherapy with the Ottawa Institute for CBT: 2021 Video Interview Here

Psychophysiologic Disorders and ISTDP: TMS Roundtable Global August 2020 Video Interview Here

Podcast with Ottawa Institute for CBT. 2020 Listen Here

Untangling Your Anxiety Pathways: Podcast with Curables: 2020 Listen Here

Psychology of the Quarantine with Shaun Majumder: 2020 Listen Here

BOLD VOICES Ep. 5 – Unlocking the Unconscious: April 2019 Listen Here

Abbass and Centre for Emotions and Health featured in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper December 2018:  Link Here

Allan Abbass interviewed in CBC Radio 2018:

Allan Abbass interview on radio CIOE December 2018 Listen Here

Dr Abbass interviewed about Reaching Through Resistance on Shrinkrap radio

Dr Abbass interviewed on Global Television News April, 2015

Dr Allan Abbass interviewed at University of Milan

Dr Abbass and Joel Town on Treatment Refractory Conditions and ISTDP: Dalhousie Academic Day, 2012

Our Promise in Action

Emotional rescue, Living Healthy in Nova Scotia, Spring 2011

Psychology Today: Head on Collision
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Psychotherapy reduces repeat ER trips

Healing Emotions Saves Health-Care Dollars, Psychiatry Monitor, January 2004

Showing Your Emotions May Save Your Health, The Medical Post (, April 2003


March 21 and 22, 2024: Addressing vicious cycles of rage going inwards in depression Winter 2 day Immersion in ISTDP with Drs Allan Abbass and Joel Town:  CLICK HERE
October 11-13, 2023: 20th Halifax Immersion In Person and Online! Top Ten Technical Issues in ISTDP: didactic and video review of common challenges in applying ISTDP. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
November 29-December 1, 2023: Personality Disorders. With ISTDP San Diego. ONLINE ONLY. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
May 31-June 2, 2023: ISTDP for Treatment Resistant Depression. With ISTDP San Diego. ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
February 3-4, 2023: Amsterdam, Netherlands. IN PERSON ONLY. 2 day workshop on Fragility and Repression. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
February 23-24, 2023: ISTDP for Anxiety Disorders with Allan Abbass and Joel Town. ONLINE ONLY. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2022: Functional Somatic Disorders: With ISTDP San Diego. This course is ONLINE ONLY. All video material will be subtitled in English. Will include mainly never shown video. INFORMATION HERE
August 24-26, 2022: Copenhagen, Denmark: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: 8th Danish ISTDP Immersion: All video material will be subtitled in English. In Person in Copenhagen and ONLINE. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
August 29- 31, 2022: Stockholm, Sweden: Power of the Here and Now Therapeutic Relationship: 11th Swedish ISTDP Immersion: All video material will be subtitled in English. IN PERSON in Stockholm and ONLINE: CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
June 1-3, 2022: Bringing Structural Change in the Fragile Patient: With ISTDP San Diego: All video material will be subtitled in English. ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
February 28: One day course on Tackling Trauma with ISTDP. All video material will be subtitled in English. Online Only. INFORMATION HERE
April 21-23, 2022: Drammen, Norway: 10th Norway Immersion in ISTDP. The central role of continuous positive regard for the patient in ISTDP: IN PERSON ONLY. Click Here for ISTDP Norway site
December 1-3, 2021 Treating Major Depression with ISTDP. With ISTDP San Diego. Will include the bulk of all the video from a single complex case of chronic depression in the setting of personality disorder. All video is subtitled in English. Online Only INFORMATION HERE
November 17, 2021 Working with Adolescents and Youth using ISTDP: Part 2. 3 hour evening seminar with ISTDP London. Will include never before shown video case material subtitled in English. INFORMATION HERE
September 20, 2021 Emotion Revolution Webinar with Allan Abbass and Les Greenberg CLICK HERE FOR INFO
18th Halifax Immersion in ISTDP: Assessing and Treating Functional Somatic Disorders: This course will be ONLINE ONLY: September 29-October 1, 2021. Information Here
August 26-28, 2021: 7th Danish ISTDP Immersion: Finding and Working with the Front: Online and possibly also in person in Copenhagen Information Here
September 2-4, 2021: 10th Swedish Immersion in ISTDP: ISTDP for Personality Disorders: Assessment and Treatment. Online and Possibly in Person. Information Here.
June 2-4, 2021: Moderate and High Resistance:  Reaching through Resistance Series with ISTDP San Diego: Online only.  Information Here
April 29-May 2: Swiss Society for ISTDP: 3 Day Immersion Course on Severe Fragile Character Structure. Course will be Online Only! UPDATED INFO
December 2-4, 2020: Reaching through Resistance: 3 Day Immersion course with ISTDP San Diego
September 30-October 2, 2020: 17th Halifax Immersion: Starting Strong: Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy.
August 20-22, 2020: Copenhagen Denmark: ISTDP Immersion: Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy. To be held Online:
August 26-28, 2020: 9th Swedish Immersion: Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy.
January 15 and 16, 2020: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Depression and Somatic Symptom Disorders: 2 day Immersion plus Supervision Days
February 6, 2019: Grand Rounds at Nassau University, NY
February 6, 2019: Grand Rounds at Adelphi University, NY
February 8, 2019: American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meeting Workshop on Research in Depression
February 28, 2019: Training Day in ISTDP focused on Treatment Resistant Depression on at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California Information Here
March 21, 2019 Calgary, Alberta: Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Video-Based Workshop with Dr. Allan Abbass INFO HERE
March 22, 2019 Banff: Alberta Psychiatric Association Keynote Speech
August 16-18, 2019: Berne Switzerland: 2 Day Immersion and 1 day Supervision Focusing on Psychosomatic Disorders English Info Here  German Info Here
August 22-24, 2019: Copenhagen: Danish ISTDP Immersion focusing on the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance: Information Here
August 29-31, 2019: Stockholm: 8th Sweden ISTDP Immersion: Focus on the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance  INFO HERE
September 26-28, 2019: Boston: IEDTA International Conference  INFO HERE
September 30-October 2: 16th Halifax Immersion: Focus on the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance: INFO HERE
November 28-29, 2019: Toronto, Canada: The Embodiment of Emotional Disorders: Treating Psychophysiologic Disorders with Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy INFO HERE
March 22-23 2018: German Psychosomatic Conference: Keynote and Workshop: Berlin Germany
March 24-26 2018: Swiss Society of ISTDP: Immersion and Supervision: ISTDP for Traumatized Patients
September 24-28 2018: 15th Halifax Canada Immersion and 2 Day Supervision:
In this course we will detail the psychodiagnostic and treatment process with 2 or 3 cases with complex pathology requiring modified methods. Presentations by Drs Joel Town and Kostas Monas.
This is followed by optional 2 days of case supervision and presentations by colleagues.
Dr Allan Abbass named Distinguished Professor of 2016 at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
Dr Allan Abbass with Drs Zeb Little and Josh Presky from UCLA
Dr Allan Abbass with Drs Zeb Little and Josh Presky from UCLA
April 6, 2016: Boston, Mass, USA, One day workshop in ISTDP supported by ISTDP Boston and Dr Nat Kuhn:  More Information Here
April 7, 2016: Harvard University, Boston, Mass, USA. Invited professorial presentations and workshop.
May 23-24. Aarhus, Denmark: Focus on ISTDP for Psychosomatic Disorders: More Information Here: Allan Abbass Aarhus course, 2016
May 26-28, 2016. Drammen Norway. 4th Norway Immersion in ISTDP. Assessment and management of the Resistant Psychotherapy patient. Timing and application of interventions. Copresented and chaired by the Norwegian Trainers Roger Sandvik-Hanson, Bernt Langvasbraten, Ole-Andre Solbakken, Jonas Sharma Bakkevig  and Filip Myhre.  Click Here for Information
June 15, 2016: University of Kentucky, USA. Invited professorial presentations.
August 19-21, 2016: Olten, Switzerland: Swiss Institute of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) Training with Allan Abbass. Moderate to high resistant Patients: Timing and application of pressure, challenge and head on collision in resistant patients: Focus on Cluster C Personality disorders. 2 day Immersion and one day supervision. Contact Doris Dällenbach MASPT at
August 23rd: University of Zurich Presentation
August 25-27: Stockholm at Erste University: 5th Swedish Immersion in ISTDP. Reaching Through Resistance: Assessing and treating patients across the spectrum with ISTDP. Co presenters to Include Peter Lilliengren and Tobias Nordquist. 5th Swedish ISTDP Immersion (August 25-27, 2016)
September 15-17: UCLA Distinguished Professor of 2016 Award and Presentations. Plus Presentation at the New Center for Psychoanalysis: Dr Tom Brod (
September 28-30, 2016: Halifax, Canada: 13th Halifax Immersion in ISTDP: Reaching through Resistance with Moderate and Highly Resistant Patients. Halifax Fall Immersion INFO Here
October 22: Presentation at PTSD Conference Antigonish, NS
October 28, 2017: Presentation at Schizophrenia Society of Canada Annual Meeting
November 3-5, 2016: Amsterdam, Netherlands: IEDTA 2016 Conference on Treatment Resistance Depression
November 8-9, 2016: Stavanger, Norway. Norwegian Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting. Plenary session and workshops.
January 21, 22,23, 2017: Olten, Switzerland. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) Training with Allan Abbass. IS-TDP with Patients with Repression and Major Depression: Capacity Building Techniques. 2 day Immersion and one day supervision. Contact Doris Dällenbach MASPT at or click  HERE
January 24, 2017: 1 Day Workshop at Department of Psychology, Lund University in Sweden. Contact: Håkan Johansson
January 26-28 2017: 3rd Danish Immersion, Keeping up the pressure in ISTDP: Assessment and treatment of the highly resistant client. Copenhagen Denmark. Contact: or CLICK HERE
May 11-13 2017: 5th Norwegian Immersion in ISTDP: Treatment Resistant Depression with Guest Speaker Joel Town.
August 24-26 2017: 6th Swedish Immersion in ISTDP: Focus on Capacity Building: Application of the Graded format with Fragile and Psychosomatic Clients.   Information here
August 18-20 2017: Switzerland. Somatization + Chronic Pain: low to high Resistance and Fragile Patients: Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) Training with Allan Abbass. 2 day Immersion and one day supervision. Information Here
September 27-29 2017: 14th Halifax Immersion in ISTDP: Focus on Fragile Character Structure and Severe Personality Disorders. Click Here for Course Information 
October 26: Harvard University: Mass General Hospital Rounds, Psychosomatic Rounds
October 27: Austen Riggs
October 28-29: Columbia University Psychosomatic Conference 3rdColumbiaPsychosomaticsConference.Flyer
December 7-8: University of Rochester, Department of Neurology and 1 Day Workshop
April 12-14: Norwegian Immersion: Drammen Norway Information here:
April 16-20: Emotion Revolution: Bergin Norway: Website Here
April 25: Flemish Association for Psychoanalytic Therapy: Workshop: Kortenberg, Belgium
April 26-27, 2019 Aarhus, Denmark. Conference and Workshop April 26 Workshop Info HERE April 27 Training Sold Out
April 28-29 2019: 2 Training Days in Derby UK: Information Here
May 2-4, 2019: Drammen: Norway Immersion: Information Here
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