Restoring epistemic trust through Therapeutic Assessment: Building a relationship “superhighway” with difficult-to-treat clients

ONLINE TRAINING  May 7-8 & 21-22, 2021

Scientific Director: prof. Filippo Aschieri, Catholic University of Milan
Organizing Director: dott.ssa Francesca Fantini, Catholic University of Milan

Why do some clients reject new ways of thinking and maintain a high level of distrust with mental health professionals? How can we reach such clients, who often seem unreachable? Two new concepts from evolutionary psychology, Epistemic Trust (ET) and Epistemic Hypervigilance (EH), provide an insightful way of understanding and intervening with difficult clients. 

In this workshop, Dr. Finn will explain the theory of ET and EH, which asserts that many clients screen out new information from others because in the past this was necessary for their survival. Using this empathic lens, Dr. Finn will then demonstrate how Therapeutic Assessment is uniquely designed to lower EH and build ET, allowing for clients to continue to grow and learn long after a TA is completed. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
-    Define the concepts of Epistemic Trust (ET) and Epistemic Hypervigilance (EH) and explain their importance to working with difficult clients;
-    Explain the concepts of Mentalization and Secure Attachment and how they are related to ET and EH;
-    List specific behaviors of clinicians that help lower EH and promote ET;
-    Describe the experience of Ostensive Cueing and Scaffolding from both the client and clinician perspectives;
-    Explain how specific techniques and steps of TA lower EH and promote ET;

The workshop will be presented in English and the simultaneous translation into Italian will be available.

This workshop is open to mental health professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and graduate students.  The course attendance is limited to 200 participants. 

The workshop will be held ONLINE, from 15.00 to 19.00 CET (from 8 AM to 12.00 PM CDT), on May 7, 8 & May 21, 22, 2021.  

Particants who will attend 80% of the total workshop hours will receive a certificate of attendance from the Catholic University of Milan.




May 7, 2021
15:00-15:30: Introduction
15:30-16:30: The Theory of Natural Pedagogy: Epistemic Trust, Mistrust, and Hypervigilance (lecture and videos)
16.30-16.45: Break
16:45-18:30: Our Inborn Prosocial Engineering: Ostensive Cueing and Mentalization (exercises in pairs, video, and lecture)
18:30-19:00: Discussion

May 8, 2021
15:00-15:30: Small Group Exercise: Mentalization Scenarios 
15:30-16:00: Large group discussion  
16:00-16:30: Attachment and Epistemic Trust (lecture and video)
16.30-16.45: Break
16:45-17:45: Attending to Shame (lecture and video)
17:45-18.30: Attending to Shame: Small Group Exercise
18.30-19.00: Discussion  
May 21, 2021 
15:00-15:30: Questions and discussion
15:30-15:45: How the Core Values of TA Relate to Epistemic Trust (lecture)
15:45-16:45: Building Epistemic Trust in the Initial Sessions of TA (Lecture and videos)
16.45-17.00: Break 
17:00-18:30: Building Epistemic Trust During Testing Sessions: Scaffolding, Bottom-up, and Top-down Learning (Lecture and videos)
18:30-19:00: Discussion

May 22, 2021
15:00-16:00: Open discussion 
16:00-16:45: Assessment Intervention Sessions: Passing Relational Tests (Lecture and videos)
16.45-17.00: Break
17:00-17:30: Building Epistemic Trust in the Summary/Discussion (lecture)
17:30-18.00: Building Epistemic Trust through Written Feedback (lecture)
18:00-19:00: Discussion



European Center for Therapeutic Assessment (ECTA)
The ECTA was founded in June 2010 under the auspices of the Alta Scuola di Psicologia "A. Gemelli", after a process of fruitful exchanges and collaboration with S.E. Finn and the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, TX. The ECTA is a center for training, research and clinical practice, whose goal is to promote Therapeutic Assessment in Europe. For more information, visit: http://asag.unicatt.it/asag-ceat-l-assessment-terapeutico

Finnish Rorschach Association
Finnish Rorschach Association is a registered association whose purpose is to bring together Finnish Rorschach users, organize Rorschach training, training in personality assessment and maintain interaction with the international scientific community. For more information, visit:  http://www.rorschach.fi/

Therapeutic Assessment Institute (TAI) 
The TAI was formed in 2009 to promote and coordinate research and training in Therapeutic Assessment around the world. The members of the TAI are psychologists from varied backgrounds, who have studied and practiced Therapeutic Assessment in a variety of settings. The TAI supervises certification in Therapeutic Assessment. Currently there are TAI Board members in Belgium, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States. For more information, visit:  www.therapeuticassessment.com




Early Registration (Through April 18): € 160+IVA 22%

Late Registration (April 19-April 30): € 200+IVA

Therapeutic Assessment Institute (TAI) Members: € 140+IVA 22%

Finnish Rorschach Association (FRA) Members: € 100+IVA 22%

Students of Catholic University of Milano and Brescia, Students of Scuola di Psicoterapia Integrata-Sanicare: € 50+IVA 22%

Register and pay

After registration it’s necessary to sign and send the “Workshop participant confidentiality agreement” to the following email: consulenza.progetti@unicatt.it. 
At the bottom of the page there is the link to download the confidentiality agreement

The final deadline for registration is April 30, 2021




Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., Director of Training at the European Center for TA at Catholic University of Milan
Dr. Finn is the President of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute in Austin, Texas (USA), Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Director of Training of the Asian-Pacific Center for TA in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Finn is the author of many articles, chapters, and several books on Therapeutic Assessment, psychodiagnosis, and other topics in clinical psychology. In 2011 Dr. Finn was the awarded the Bruno Klopfer Award from the Society for Personality Assessment for distinguished lifetime contributions to personality assessment. In 2017 he received the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Assessment Psychology from Section IX of the Society for Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association). In 2018, Dr. Finn received the 2018 Carl Rogers Award for outstanding contribution to the theory and practice of humanistic psychology from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association). 



For more information please contact:
ASAG - Alta Scuola di Psicologia “Agostino Gemelli” 
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
?Via Nirone 15 - 20123 Milano
?tel. 02.7234.8328 - fax 02.7234.5962 

Francesca Fantini: francesca.fantini@unicatt.it

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