Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Caring for the Mind in Conflict

Presenter: Manny John González, PhD, LCSW-R
Date/Time: Thursday, March 17, 2022, 9 am - 4 pm
Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 112

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until March 3, 2022
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students, FAU Social Work alumni, and FAU Social Work Field Instructors and Coordinators with a special $125 rate until March 3, 2022. Please email the Professional Development Coordinator at to request the discount code.

CEUs: 6

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective therapeutic approach in the treatment and clinical management of a wide range of mental health conditions and problems-in-living, including depression, anxiety, panic, stress-induced physical symptoms, life transitions, work-related stress, maladaptive coping patterns and impaired interpersonal relationships. Research has provided evidence that the benefits of psychodynamic therapy not only endure but increase with time. As a treatment approach, psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate distressing symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives via the development and strengthening of inner resources and capacities. In addition to symptom amelioration, individuals who are treated psychodynamically benefit from increased self-esteem, the ability engage in more satisfying and authentic relationships, increased confidence in personal abilities, and an increased understanding of self and others—while recognizing and tolerating a wider range of positive and negative emotions. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the theoretical and treatment principles of contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy and its effectiveness in the care of individuals in clinical and human service settings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the workshop—participants will be able to:

  1. State what psychodynamic psychotherapy is and how it can be used in clinical and human service settings
  2. Discuss the basic skills of psychodynamic psychotherapy including listening with the “third ear,” pattern-dynamic and developmental reflection, and supportive and expressive therapeutic intervention
  3. Understand how affect, resistance, transference and countertransference, unconscious conflict, ego defenses and dreams inform individual psychosocial functioning and the process of dynamic treatment


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About the Presenter:

Manny John González, PhD, LCSW-R earned his master’s degree from New York University and his PhD from Adelphi University. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program at the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to his current appointment at Florida Atlantic University—he held tenured faculty positions at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

Dr. González’s research and scholarship interests include mental health/mental illness, the application of developmental and psychodynamic theories to clinical practice, psychological and physical well-being among Hispanic immigrants and minority populations, the psychodynamics of fathering and fatherhood, men’s issues, doctoral education and clinical research using qualitative and quantitative methods. He has taught graduate courses at the master’s and PhD level in clinical practice, relational psychotherapy, group therapy, psychopathology, evidence-based mental health practice, translational science, research proposal development, contemporary psychodynamic theories and pedagogy in higher education.

Dr. González has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on mental health practice with immigrants and refugees, clinical practice with Hispanics, urban children and families, evidence-based practice, clinical practice and interprofessional collaboration in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. His book credits (co-edited) include Mental Health Care of New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovations in Contemporary Clinical Practice (Haworth Press) and Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families: A Handbook for the Helping Professions (Springer Press). He has practiced as a clinician for over 33 years specializing in community mental health—and has maintained a private practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical supervision.