Online Replay with Live Presentations: Dr. David Malan Memorial Conference

Friday, January 19th, 2024 from 7am-3pm PST 

General Admission: $225

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This is an online replay of the Dr. David Malan Memorial Conference.

Live commentary and presentations will be provided by Dr. Robert Neborsky and Alexandra Knowles.

This Online Event is hosted by ISTDP San Diego - Tami Chelew and Matt Jarvinen will help moderate the discussion.

And to see a beautiful photo booklet with further details of the original event, including a welcome to attendees, bios of the presenters, an article by David Malan, a reflection about David from his wife, Jennie, and a look ahead to the future, see:

Celebrating the Work and Life of Dr. David Malan

(21/03/1922 - 14/10/2020)

Reflections on the life and work of Dr David Malan will be followed by presentations from experienced ISTDP clinicians demonstrating his influence in their everyday work. Particular emphasis will be on the growth of ISTDP within the UK National Health Service (NHS).

Jennie Malan, David’s wife, will join in conversation with practitioners who knew him, counted him as a colleague, and learnt from him. Dr. Robert Neborsky and Alexandra Knowles will show videos of their clinical work to demonstrate ISTDP in action and to illustrate one of David’s many achievements, that of dispelling the ‘myth of superficiality’.

One of David’s ambitions was to embed ISTDP in the NHS. Dr. Javier Malda Castillo and Dr. James Louis (with recorded comments from Dr. Susan Hajkowski and Dr. Leo Russell) will discuss their use of ISTDP in the NHS and how they have adapted it in different settings.

A true scientist and researcher, David Malan worked in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic between 1956 and 1982, where he led innovative research into the effectiveness of brief psychotherapy. His focus was to find a talking therapy that resolved a patient’s neurosis, giving a resolution of both the current presenting and deep-seated underlying problems in a timely and cost-effective manner. He applied his research findings to therapeutic techniques and developed the ‘science of psychodynamics’, as described in his 1979 book Individual Psychotherapy and the Science of Psychodynamics. His publications are used in courses throughout the UK.

David and Jennie organised the first Oxford Conference in 2006 to showcase the theory and therapeutic techniques he had researched with Davanloo over decades. Out of this ground-breaking conference, ISTDP-UK was born. We have gone from a handful of lone therapists to an active growing community of ISTDP practitioners with an ever-increasing number of people seeking ISTDP therapy and a thriving Core Training Programme.

This training is exclusively for licensed mental health and registered health professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, as well as Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists, etc. If you are not a mental health or health professional, you may not attend due to the protection of patient confidentiality. Students and trainees pursuing licensure or registration as a mental health or health professional under supervision are welcome. The course content level is Intermediate level.

Reduced rates are available for group registrations and those in certain lower income countries. Email for details.

6.25 Continuing Credits are available for this event through R. Cassidy and can be purchased for an additional $25 here Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available following course completion at There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

CE Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the history of ISTDP, including David Malan's role in it.

2. Outline the role of ISTDP in the UK's National Health Service (NHS), including inpatient, neurology, and personality disorders

3. Identify the applicability of ISTDP with severe or chronic difficulties

4. Understand the role of ISTDP in treating prolonged grief disorders.

5. Identify how to build an alliance, mobilize will, and focus on emotional experiencing to "unlock the unconscious"

6. Review applicability of ISTDP in other health systems.

Schedule (in PST):

7-8:45am Intro; history of ISTDP; video of interview with David Malan; "What made David Special" by Jennie Malan (David's wife)

8:45-9am Break

9-10:15am Discussion: ISTDP in the National Health Service (NHS) with Dr. James Louis, Dr. Javier Malda Castillo (recorded comments from Dr. Susan Hajkowski and Dr. Leo Russell); application with inpatient, neurology, personality disorders

10:15-11:15am Lunch Break

11:15am-12:30pm Clinical Presentation by Alexandra Knowles: "Dispelling the Myth of ‘Superficiality’"; Video from a ‘block’ therapy demonstrating David’s findings, that severity or chronicity of difficulties are not necessarily excluding factors for ISTDP.

12:30-12:45pm Break

12:45-2:00pm Clinical Presentation by Dr. Robert Neborsky: "The Man Who Couldn’t Grieve”; video demonstration of his case from the ground-breaking Oxford Conference in 2006.

2:00-2:05pm Break

2:05-3:00pm Panel Discussion from Presenters: Dr. Robert Neborsky, Alexandra Knowles, Dr. Javier Malda Castillo, and Dr. James Louis

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at feel honored to collaborate with Dr. Abbass and we hope that you join us!

-Tami Chelew and Matt Jarvinen

ISTDP San Diego Community

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