OPA Fall Conference 2019
2019-10-26 2019-10-26 OPA Fall Conference 2019 Ontario Psychiatric Association America/New_York

Organization: OPA

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook (2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto)

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

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


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.

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