OPA Fall Conference 2019
2019-10-26 2019-10-26 OPA Fall Conference 2019 America/New_York

Organization: OPA
CME Accreditation: Section 1

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook - Vaughan Estate, Courtyard Ballroom (lower level) (2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto)

Map and directions: https://estatesofsunnybrook.com/contact/#

Topic: Bridging science and practice: how long does change really take in psychotherapy?

Speaker: Dr. Drew Westen, Professor of Psychology, Emory University 

We are pleased to inform you that OPA’s Fall Conference, Bridging Science and Practice: how long does change really take in psychotherapy? (Oct. 26, 2019) has been approved for Section 1 of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification program. Accordingly, participants may earn 1 credit per hour of attendance at the accredited sessions, for the maximum of 5.5 hours.

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

For three decades the prevailing wisdom has been that long-term therapy is a thing of the past, and that we can treat virtually anything in 16 weeks. Research on personality pathology as a vulnerability factor for non-psychotic disorders, the slow rate of change in unconscious (or implicit) processes, and long-term outcomes in brief clinical trials converges on the opposite conclusion: that to help our patients, we usually have to help them change enduring personality dynamics and not just current symptoms. The therapeutic techniques that alter personality dynamics and symptoms are sometimes the same, sometimes different, and sometimes at odds, but the evidence shows that they can rarely be accomplished in 16 sessions by clinicians of any theoretical orientation.


Drew Westen, Ph.D. is Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He formerly taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard Medical School. He has held multiple grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health on psychiatric diagnosis, particularly on the diagnosis and assessment of personality pathology in adolescents and adults. His research in psychiatry has always focused on bridging the gap between empirical research and clinical knowledge and practice, such as how to make the DSM relevant to both researchers and practitioners, and empirically informed case formulation that is broader than a DSM diagnosis. He has written on a wide range of topics on the diagnosis and treatment of adolescents and adults; personality and eating disorders; the interface of neuroscience and psychodynamics; and differentiating “evidence-based” from “empirically supported psychotherapies,” with the former including knowledge from basic science, correlational and other non-experimental research approaches, to disciplined clinical observation. He is the author of three books and over 150 scholarly articles, including The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, which has influenced campaigns and elections around the world. Dr. Westen has been a frequent contributor on political and psychological issues on radio, television, and in print, in venues such as CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has advised a range of organizations, from presidential campaigns, presidential and prime ministerial campaigns internationally, Canadian provincial leaders, nonprofits, and the Democratic Caucuses of the U.S. Senate and of the House of Representatives. His research in politics is also clinically and empirically informed, starting with the question, “How would political leaders talk to voters if they started with accurate assumptions about how the mind and brain work?”00


08:30 am - Registration and Breakfast
09:00 am - Welcome and Introductions
09:15 am - Session I + Q&A
10:30 am - Refreshment Break
10:45 am - Session I …Continued + Q&A
12:00 pm - Luncheon
01:00 pm - Session II + Q&A
02:15 pm - Refreshment Break
02:30 pm - Session II …Continued + Q&A
03:45 pm - Closing Remarks and Conclusion


Participants will increase their knowledge of:

  1. The data on the role of personality as a vulnerability factor for all nonpsychotic forms of psychopathology in adults and adolescents.
  2. Comprehensive case formulation of personality and psychopathology in adults and adolescents.
  3. The importance of treating personality, and the different evidence-based principles and techniques required in treating current symptoms vs. underlying personality dynamics that confer vulnerability.

Registration Fees:

  Before September 27, 2019 After September 27, 2019
OPA Members – Full $225.00 + HST = $254.25 $240.00 + HST = $271.20
OPA Members – Associate/Life/Honorary/Inactive $175.00 + HST = $197.75 $190.00 + HST = $214.70
Residents $195.00 + HST = $107.35 $110.00 + HST = $124.30
Non-Members – Physicians $375.00 + HST = $431.25 $410.00 + HST = $463.30
Non-Members – Allied Health Care Professionals $195.00 + HST = $220.35 $210.00 + HST = $237.30

To qualify for member fees your membership should be in good standing.

How to Register

You can either conveniently register online using your credit card, or you can register by mail/fax and pay by cheque. To do so, simply download our printable registration form, and mail or fax it to the address indicated on the from.

**Please note that all registrations submitted after 2:00p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019 will be processed on-site.***

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