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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

The Art & Science of Psychotherapy

The University of Denver is celebrating its sesquicentennial with a variety of events and exhibits all year long, and GSPP will be joining in on the fun. Visit GSPP this summer as we celebrate 37 years of excellence in clinical training alongside DU's 150th celebration!

Friday, August 1, 2014
University of Denver (Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium)

CE Summer Event

Join us for a day-long CE experience, 'The Art & Science of Psychotherapy' featuring two of the country's most visible psychotherapy scholars, Drs. William Pinsof and Jonathan Shedler. This presentation will be followed by our first ever GSPP Book Fair (sales and signing) with cocktails and appetizers.

6.0 Hours of CE

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM (6.0 CE Programming)
Breakfast, Lunch, Book Fair/Cocktail Reception Included

Click for Schedule of Events

7:30-8:30 a.m          Registration (COFFEE)

8:30-10:00               Dr. William Pinsof

10:00-10:15             Break (COFFEE)

10:15-11:45             Dr. William Pinsof

11:45-12:00 p.m.     Q & A

12:00-1:00               Lunch (BOXED LUNCHES PROVIDED)

1:00-2:30                 Dr. Jonathan Shedler

2:30-2:45                 Break (COFFEE)

2:45-4:15                 Dr. Jonathan Shedler

4:15-4:30                 Q & A

4:30-5:15                 Faculty Panel

5:15-7:15 p.m.         Reception, GSPP Book Fair (COCKTAILS, APPETIZERS)

Online Registration Now Closed (7/31)

On-site registration will be available from 7:30-8:30 AM. Please bring cash or check.

Presentation Details

"Empirically Informed Multi-Systemic Psychotherapy: Integrating Science & Systems in Psychotherapy"

Presented by Dr. William Pinsof, PhD
Northwestern University, The Family Institute

The purpose of this presentation is to present theory about and illustrate empirically informed, multi-systemic psychotherapy. Empirically informed psychotherapy is both a complement to and alternative for empirically supported psychotherapy. Bill Pinsof and his colleagues at The Family Institute at Northwestern University have developed the STIC—a comprehensive internet based system for collecting data from clients and feeding it back to therapists over the course of therapy. The STIC is both multi-systemic and multi-dimensional —measuring multiple factors within multiple systems (individual adult and child, couple, family), regardless of the type of therapy. Participants will be introduced to the STIC and will learn how it can be used with clients to facilitate collaborative assessment (What's wrong?), treatment planning (What are we going to do about it?) and progress evaluation (What is getting better and what isn't?). Participants will also learn how the STIC can be used to measure the therapeutic alliance within the client system and with the therapist, as well as how to identify and repair alliance ruptures. STIC data will be used throughout the presentation to illustrate the process of empirically informed therapy.

Learn more about Dr. Pinsof

William Pinsof is President of The Family Institute, clinical professor in the Department of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences at Northwestern University, and the director of the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern. He currently teaches in the Northwestern University Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program and also teaches both undergraduate and post-doctoral courses for Northwestern University students.

He received his PhD in clinical psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His academic and research work has focused on evaluating the outcome of marital and family therapy, understanding the process of marital and family therapy and the integration of different therapeutic approaches for maximal cost effectiveness.

His work on psychotherapy integration culminated in the publication, by Basic Books, of Integrative Problem Centered Therapy: A Synthesis of Family, Individual and Biological Therapies (1995). He has also edited four books: the newly-released (2005) volume that he co-edited with Jay Lebow, Family Psychology: The Art of the Science, published by Oxford University Press; a special issue of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (1995) that he co-edited with Lyman C. Wynne, dedicated to reviewing all of the controlled research on the outcomes of couple and family therapy; a special issue of Family Process (Vol. 41, No. 2, summer 2002) entitled, "Marriage in the 20th Century in Western Civilization: Trends, Research, Therapy, and Perspectives"; and the classic work he co-edited with Leslie Greenberg The Psychotherapeutic Process: A Research Handbook, (1986) New York: Guilford Press.

Additionally, Dr. Pinsof is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Pinsof received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996, the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2001, and the 2001 Family Psychologist of the Year from the American Psychological Association Division 43 - Family Psychology.
Dr. Pinsof is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist as well as an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

"The Talking Cure in the Era of Evidence Based Practice"

Presented by Dr. Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Dr. Shedler will present a lecture followed by a hands-on clinical workshop. The lecture—based on Dr. Shedler's internationally acclaimed article, "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy"—will review seven core psychodynamic principles that underlie all effective therapy (regardless of "brand"), such as enhancing self-knowledge, recognizing recurring life and relational patterns, and addressing problematic relational patterns as they arise in the therapy relationship. Dr. Shedler will also compare effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy with other "evidence-based" treatments such as CBT and antidepressant medication. The clinical workshop will apply concepts from the lecture to practical clinical challenges. Through case discussion, "live" supervision, and role play, participants of all theoretical orientations will have an opportunity to enhance clinical skills working with challenging patients.

Learn more about Dr. Shedler

Jonathan Shedler, PhD won international acclaim for his article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which established psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. He is an internationally recognized expert on personality patterns and disorders and author of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for personality assessment and clinical case formulation.

Dr. Shedler lectures and leads clinical training workshops for professional audiences nationally and internationally, consults on psychological issues to U.S. and foreign government agencies, and provides online clinical consultation and study groups to mental health professionals worldwide. When not teaching or practicing psychology, he is a certified professional ski instructor at Vail Ski Resort.

GSPP Book Fair & Cocktail Reception 

(Immediately following "The Art & Science of Psychotherapy" event in Davis Auditorium.) To be considered for a spot in our GSPP Book Fair event, please send a request to Lindsay Anderson indicating your interest by June 10, 2014. The request should include the your graduation date, book title, authors, editors, publisher, pages, publication year, and a very short summary of the publication.

Registration rates:

  • GSPP Students:  $5 (Sponsored by GSAPP! Use offline RSVP form.)
  • Non-GSPP students:  $50
  • GSPP Community - Alumni, Faculty, Supervisors:  $100
  • General public:  $200

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 303-871-4161 or with questions or accommodation requests (including accessibility concerns, dietary restrictions, private room for nursing).

GSPP Students, Alumni, Faculty, Supervisors:
Make a weekend of it!

Join us Saturday, August 2nd for a GSPP Reunion BBQ.
Visit our alumni page for details & registration.


The University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.