IFP 2018 NVP


The Great Psychotherapy Debate

Working mechanisms in psychotherapy that account for therapeutic change are much discussed but poorly researched. In this Debate, prominent scholars and clinicians will discuss recent insights from research and clinical practice in an attempt to further the field. Instead of focusing on the binary distinction between common and specific factors as often has been done, the Debate will concentrate on the way forward. What do we know about working mechanisms and active ingredients of therapy nowadays, and what can we do to advance this knowledge in the future?

Chair: Marcus Huibers
Participants: Robert DeRubeis, Stephan Doering, Les Greenberg, Nelleke Nicolai, Bruce Wampold

 Les Greenberg



Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University and is author of the major texts on Emotion-focused approaches to treatment. He received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research. He has received the SPR Distinguished Research Career award and the Carl Rogers award of the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology.. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and offers training in emotion–focused approaches in Toronto and internationally.

Bruce Wampold


Bruce Wampold, Ph.D., Director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, is well known for his book The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work. Professor Wampold will discuss what really makes psychotherapy work—and importantly how psychotherapy outcomes can be improved. Hint: Improvement will not be achieved through finding a better brand of psychotherapy.

 s. doering

STephan doering 


Stephan Doering, M.D., is psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, IPA). He is chair and professor of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His main research foci are diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders as well as psychotherapy research. Since 2014 he is President of the International Society of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP).

IFP Conference 2018 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Location

      Beurs van Berlage
      Damrak 243
      1012 ZJ Amsterdam
      The Netherlands
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