Mittwoch, 22.03.2017

Increasing the utility of clinical research by targeting mechanisms of action

09:00 – 12:30 Uhr | Vorsitz: A. Gloster (Basel, CH)


The oft-lamented gulf between science and application is a threat to both sides of the divide. The scientist-practitioner approach to clinical science is one way to help diminish this problem. This approach promotes clinically informed research and scientifically based therapy via explicitly coordinated philosophical assumptions and empirical standards. This workshop will discuss these assumptions as well as examples of this type of research within the clinical therapeutic context. In particular, research will be included whose aim is to elucidate the mechanisms of action of psychotherapy. Consistent with the tenants of the scientist-practitioner approach, workshop participants will have a chance to practice both therapeutic interventions for specific clinical problems and to discuss coordinated clinical research interventions with the goal of increasing their utility.


An integrative attachment and mentalization based approach to patients with persistent somatic complaints

09:00 – 12:30 Uhr | Vorsitz: P. Luyten (London, UK)


It is often particularly challenging for practitioners to work with individuals who have persistent somatic complaints, especially on account of the multiple transference and countertransference complexities involved. At this interactive workshop, Professor Patrick Luyten introduces an integrative contemporary psychodynamic perspective on working with these patients, which is rooted in attachment and mentalizing theory. The workshop offers an introduction to Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for individuals with functional somatic disorders (DIT-FSD), a manualized treatment that was developed based on these views. During the workshop, participants can have first-hand experience with DIT-FSD.

Donnerstag, 23.03.2017

Perceptions of illness and treatment as determinants of treatment adherence and outcome

09:00 – 12:30 Uhr | Vorsitz: R. Horne (London, UK)


We will explore how theory in health psychology might explain the gap between effective treatments and optimum health outcomes. We will pay particular attention to representations of illness and treatment as potentially modifiable determinants of treatment behaviours (engagement and adherence) and outcomes (though nonspecific effects: ‘placebo; and ‘nocebo responses’ to active drugs).  We will discuss the development of valid and reliable methods for assessing illness and treatment representations. We will explore research designs to examine how these representations influence treatments outcomes directly through non-specific effects and indirectly, through behaviours such as adherence. We will discuss laboratory studies investigating how treatment beliefs influence the efficacy and toxicity of treatments through non-specific effects. We will also consider the development of theory-based, pragmatic interventions for clinical practice to enhance the outcomes of essential treatments by eliciting and addressing the salient beliefs influencing engagement and outcome.