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Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse
A Psychodynamic Perspective for Mental Health Professionals

PLEASE NOTE: This is one workshop, conducted over two afternoons: Nov 25 & Dec 5, 2017, from 2 pm to 4.45 pm

For the third time, the Department of Psychiatry is accepting applications to attend a unique
workshop on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Professionals are
invited to attend regardless of their theoretical background.

Limited to no more than 25 participates, this workshop is a series of interrelated lectures on the
challenges specific to this patient population. Patients traumatized by early experiences of sexual
abuse are known to complicate therapy in a number of ways. It is not uncommon for such patients to
disrupt therapy with dramatic and seemingly incomprehensible behaviour (acting out). Clinicians
unprepared for these profound shifts can often feel overwhelmed, attacked, or profoundly
disconnected in the therapeutic relationship. A theoretical frame that helps to make sense of these
events can be a boon to the clinician’s understanding and therapeutic activity.

The perspective offered by Davies & Frawley (1994) provides a theoretical frame. Released over 20
years ago, this work is now considered a classic of the clinical literature. In this workshop, we will
review the central features of the Davies & Frawley model: the sequelae of CSA and recognition of
this trauma in the patient’s presentation; the cardinal importance of dissociation and the patient’s
struggles with risk-taking, fear and compulsive self-abuse. The nature of transference/countertransference
configurations in the therapy process will also be discussed. Throughout, case examples and technical considerations will be examined to illustrate the rationale of the treatment.

Two psychologists and clinical supervisors, Drs. Anthony Joyce and Daniel Rochman, who have an
extensive history with the Department, will facilitate. Dr. Joyce began with the Department in 1981,
and recently retired from his full-time position. Over this period, he was active as both a clinician and
psychotherapy researcher in the outpatient service. Dr. Rochman joined the Department in 2008 as a
post-doctoral fellow with the Psychotherapy Research and Evaluation Unit, and is currently a fulltime
clinician with the Department’s Eating Disorder Program. Drs. Joyce and Rochman are both
currently engaged in clinical practice, and hold a strong belief that a psychodynamic perspective is
particularly useful for understanding the mind and guiding therapeutic interventions.

Participants should be mental health professionals who have completed their training. The fee for the
workshop is $140, and participants will receive a certificate of completion (if requested).

Only the first 25 applicants will be registered. Before completing this form, check for availability by emailing
Daniel Rochman at
Once you receive confirmation, you may fill out this form and send it along with your $140 cheque
(payable to the University of Alberta) to:
Attn: James Lee
Department of Psychiatry
1E1 Walter C Mackenzie
Health Science Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2B7
 Name:___________________________________________
 Phone:___________________________________________
 E-mail: __________________________________________
Confirmation will be sent via e-mail.
For questions e-mail

Location: Room 1E5.06 (large group room), Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta (1E1 Walter
Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, 8440 112 Street, Edmonton).

 These are two Saturdays with identical schedule:
Two blocks of 60 minutes, with a 15 minute break in-between.
In addition, we have allocated 30 min for questions at the end.

NOTE. Conditions: Your place will be secured only once payment is received. If less than 10 applications are received, funds will be returned to applicants, and the course will be cancelled. Otherwise, funds are non-refundable. They are, however, transferable to another person. The workshop might be rescheduled in the event that one or both speakers are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness.