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Face-to-Face Training

BRIEF PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY AS AN INTEGRATED CLINICAL APPROACH - Integrating time-limited dynamic psychotherapy into existing clinical practice. (Sydney)

Ari Badaines, PhD Clinical Psychologist, MAPS Psychotherapy
One full day
Media Type:
Face-to-Face Training
Not Applicable
Sydney, NSW

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As there has been a significant increase in demand for mental health services and a requirement for economical ‘less is more treatment approaches’, skills in brief, focused therapies are becoming necessary. With Psychodynamic Therapy noted for its emphasis on the unconscious, transferences, childhood patterns, and defense mechanisms, one might wonder how it could be adapted to be an effective brief therapy.  Yet, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP) is proving to be an important adjunct to any integrated practitioner’s armory. This workshop is an opportunity to understand and enjoy its historical and theoretical development, methods, and applications.

Course participants will learn the criteria to differentiate between those clients who will and will not benefit from Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and to make an informed assessment and diagnosis that guides the focus of the TLDP. Participants will also become acquainted with the beginning, middle, and end phases of this form of therapy and the requirements and role of the therapist in each phase. Included will be the various options available at the end of therapy such as onward referral, continuing, ending etc., and considerations as to which is most suitable for each client.

In addition to case studies, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to make an assessment. In order to maximize active learning, groups will formulate questions and goals for the ‘client’ (portrayed by the presenter, based on case material), and feedback will be provided by the presenter and course participants.


Feedback from Ari's recent presentations of this workshop:

“Ari’s training style was engaging, thoroughly enjoyable and educational. He presented with a perfect balance of knowledge, wisdom and playfulness. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and have taken a significant amount of knowledge home with me. In sum it was succinct, informative and relatable!”

“This was an excellent workshop – accessible enjoyable. Can’t wait to use this with my clients.”

“I haven’t ever done much psychodynamic but am interested in deeper work. I found this course informative, practical and well-paced.”

“A very engaging and beneficial workshop - thank you Ari!”

“Great! Relevant! Applicable! Enjoyable! Thank you!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and see so many uses for this approach with my clients. The practical sessions were especially valuable.”

“I really appreciated the way Ari engaged the entire group in a respectful way. He made learning enjoyable and highly interactive. I finished today feeling very enthused about integrating these skills into my work with clients.”

“This was fun and made learning the skills so easy – more from Ari please!”

“Exceeded my expectations and I’m surprised at how easily this can be used with my existing clients/approach.”


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Dr Ari Badaines trained as a clinical psychologist in the USA and received a post-doctoral National Institute of Mental Health fellowship in Washington, DC. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia including ACU and ACAP in Sydney and has also led workshops in over twenty countries. Ari has been in private practice for over 45 years. The main theoretical orientation of his training was psychodynamic psychotherapy, and he had many years of supervised, clinical practice, including a one year pre-doctoral internship at a psycho-analytic training institute in New York. As the demands for therapy grew, the ‘payer’ (governments, insurance companies, clients) demanded more parsimonious approaches, Ari undertook trainings to develop the skills for TLDP.  He currently maintains a private practice in Sydney, consults to treatment organisations and supervises other therapists; he is a popular presenter for PDP and runs trainings in the UK and Europe twice a year

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
          $15 to include lunch at the venue
          $29 to pre-order and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased at cafes surrounding the venue or you may bring your own.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
    Face to face participants are required to comply with NSW Government Health Orders as follows:
    • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and in particular our training room.
    • Everyone must check-in via the Service NSW app prior to entry.
    • Your official vaccination certificate showing you have received two Government approved Covid vaccinations must be presented prior to entry.
    • Social distancing is to be observed at all times.
    • Hand sanitisers or antiseptic wipes provided are to be used before touching any common property.
  • Due to the NSW Government Health Orders, you will not be permitted to enter if you cannot comply with all of the above-noted conditions and we can of course, transfer your registration into the live, interactive webcast of this event.  

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


  1. Be able to differentiate between long and brief psychodynamic therapy.
  2. Know some of the historical development and current approaches to TLDP.
  3. Discern which clients are appropriate or inappropriate for TLDP.
  4. Be clear about the role and skills of the TLDP.
  5. Understand the meaning and usefulness of Transference and Countertransference.
  6. Develop the capability to stay focused on goals and modify the therapeutic approach so as to provide competent brevity.
  7. Develop a familiarity of the three phases of the TLDP process.


”Most therapists have been aware that there is something happening in the client/therapist relationship that engenders thought and feeling in each.  This transference, assessment and a focussed direction are the cornerstones of Psychodynamic Therapy.  This workshop is designed to enhance your therapeutic outcomes in the context of ‘Brief’ Therapy.”     Dr Ari Badaines


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Develop a greater understanding of Psychodynamic work generally.
  • Learn how to maintain depth in therapy work with clients’ when session numbers are limited.
  • Begin to integrate psychodynamic concepts with your current approaches while working on clients’ interpersonal goals.


Morning Session (Includes a short break)

  • What is Brief Psychodynamic Therapy? History of development and how it differs from Long Term Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Understanding its applications and what it demands of the therapist.
  • The therapy process: assessment; selecting a goal; the role of the Therapist; transference and countertransference. 

Afternoon Session (Includes a short break)

  • Forming small groups.
  • Case studies and group experiential work.
  • Discussion and question time.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


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